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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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The Drones Are Coming…

I thought the idea of drone delivery was dead. It’s been nearly 5 years since Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced Prime Air and his plans to make drone delivery a reality. The goal was to make it possible to deliver a selection of products in 30 minutes or less. Using drones to carry the cargo from local Amazon fulfilment centres …

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Cargo, Containers & Craziness: $2.41 Trillion…

Did you know that more than around 90% of the world trade is carried out by the international shipping industry? I don’t know about you, but I think that is pretty nuts! Despite the many technological advances over the last 50 years, cargo shipping still remains the most popular way to move goods throughout the world. It may not be …

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Speeding Fines For Freight Ships?

The youth today seem to be split into two firm categories. The screen-zombies who spend the majority of their time on their phones and Xboxes, obsessed with reaching the next game level or getting more likes on Instagram. And the switched on, inspired kids who have used the internet to educate themselves and are passionate about shaping the world they …

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One Of The Many Perks Of The Job…

Last week I had the privilege of being invited to go to Birmingham Airport for a “behind the scenes” tour of Qatar Airways. It’s quite exciting times for Birmingham Airport. Over the last few years they have made some massive progress. They now operate two flights a day to Dubai with Emirates on their A380 Airbus, the super jumbo double …

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Did You Hear What They’re Saying About You?

As you know, I travel a lot. My job takes me to all four corners of the globe. From Amsterdam to Beijing, Doha to the USA. I love this part of my job. But those of you who travel will know it can take it’s toll. Over the last 25 years I’ve discovered that there are three key things I …

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