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Cargo Craziness: Shark Fin Soup?

After trying to help our friend relocate his rats a couple of weeks ago, it got me thinking. Surely live rats aren’t the weirdest thing anyone has ever tried to ship? So I had a little Google and lo and behold, I was right! The internet is awash with tales of weird and wonderful (and slightly terrifying!) things that have …

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Fancy a Beer On Me?

It’s my favourite time of year again. Nope, not Halloween. Not Bonfire Night. And definitely not Christmas! Although I do love them all… It’s time for the Atlas & Alfa Logistics Network annual conference. Why do I love it so much? That’s easy. Not only do I get to go to some exotic places, this year Angkor Wat in Cambodia, …

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Cargo, Containers & Craziness – A Strange Request…

Working in freight we do get some odd requests. A few weeks ago we were contacted by a guy with an unusual problem. He was moving from the UK to Mexico and he needed some help… with shipping his pet rats! While many airlines will carry cats, dogs and even birds, it seems that they won’t take our furry rodent …

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0-60 in 20 Seconds…

When I was a kid I loved watching movies and Back to The Future was a strong favourite of mine. Not only did it have a wicked storyline, likeable characters and a bit of humour. But as a 13 year old boy, I felt sure that it was an accurate prediction of what the world would be in 2015. Fast …

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It’s Not Pink, It’s Magenta

As a proud Brummie, I always get a bit excited when I can boast about my home town. Last month I attended Multi Modal 2019. It you’re not familiar with it, Multimodal is a trade show for everything freight. It’s a little bit different to some of the other shows I go to, because this one isn’t just shipping, but …

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Patience is a virtue

Sometimes new business comes from the most surprising places. Last month we got asked to quote for a job for a company based locally in my hometown of Birmingham. Now, if you’re from Birmingham and are a proud Brummy like me you’ll have heard of them. But for those of you that haven’t, it’s a large wholesale shop, a bit …

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Another Tick Off The Bucket List…

Last week I had the opportunity to combine two of my great loves. Networking and football. I’m a member of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, so I often go to meetings and networking events organised by them. And as you know, I am a HUGE footie fan. So you can imagine my excitement when I found out where their next …

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The Freight Forwarders of Tomorrow

Most of you know that my freight career started with a job at Scan Dutch. But you probably don’t know how I ended up there? Back in 1987, I was part of the Youth Training Scheme. A government-run programme designed to take school leavers and get them into the workplace. They taught me how to do all the basics that …

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Have You Ever Flown From The World’s Busiest Airports?

If you’ve ever flown from Stansted on an early morning flight then you’ll know that chaos that busy airports can bring for travellers. But is it the same for cargo? Thankfully not. While sea freight is still the most popular way to move cargo, airports are king when it comes to moving goods fast. A few weeks ago I shared …

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