What are Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships?

Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) is the term used by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for ships which, to a varying degree, can operate in part, or completely independent of human interaction. The IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) identifies four degrees of automation on a scale, starting with degree 0 (no autonomy) and ending withContinue reading “What are Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships?”

What is an e-highway?

First of all I will tell you what it’s not – its nothing to do with email or the internet! An e-highway, ehighway or electric highway is a modified section of highway (or motorway in the UK) for the use of electric vehicles, principally heavy goods vehicles (HGV).  But we already have electric vehicles? IContinue reading “What is an e-highway?”

Foundation History of Aifreight

With airfreight being such an integral form of transport in industry it is difficult to imagine a world without it but how did it all begin? In this infographic I outline some (just some!) of the steps in history from 1910 to 1946 that laid down the foundation for the modern airfreight industry we knowContinue reading “Foundation History of Aifreight”

How to Export UK Aid to Ukraine

Many amazing people, groups and charities across the UK have rallied together to collect supplies such as clothing, bedding, sanitary products and medicine to send to Ukraine to help those in need. In this article I will list a summary of the steps you should take to ensure you have the best chance of yourContinue reading “How to Export UK Aid to Ukraine”

International Procurement

International procurement can give your company a wider variety of potential suppliers and provides more options for competition. Many international suppliers are happy compete competitively for international contracts. Before making your supply chain global by jumping into international procurement there are some points to consider: Supply Volume Large-scale manufacturing sites in operation often require aContinue reading “International Procurement”

Tender Types and Procedures

Before a tender is prepared and released to prospective suppliers the purchasing company will need to decide on the type of tender procedure they wish to use. The tender procedure used will define the interaction with any prospective suppliers and how these suppliers will submit their tender contract application.  Each procedure has its advantages and disadvantagesContinue reading “Tender Types and Procedures”

Ethical Procurement

Ethical procurement is no longer just a matter of trust between the buyer and supplier in the supply chain. There are a number of factors that must be considered. Of course, purchasing ethics plays a part in both global and local procurement but it can be more of an issue internationally. A willing or previouslyContinue reading “Ethical Procurement”

UK Port Congestion – what happened?

Most of the UK seaports have been (and some still are) suffering from severe congestion. It is extremely frustrating for the ports, freight forwarders and importers alike. If you have been effected, like me, you may be wondering – what happened? From what I can observe, like most problems, a number of factors have contributedContinue reading “UK Port Congestion – what happened?”

The Five Main Tender Principles

Tendering is the process of enabling prospective suppliers to bid and compete for a specific purchase or service requirement for your company. The tender document outlines the specific requirement and the whole process filters prospective suppliers to determine the most suitable to fulfil the requirement. There are five main ethical and legal principles that mustContinue reading “The Five Main Tender Principles”

Energy – The Hidden Waste

No company likes waste, in fact many companies implement systems to actively try and eliminate waste such as Lean 5S and Six Sigma. The problem is – these systems are designed for reducing time and process waste and do not directly address company energy waste. Surprisingly, the most efficient ‘Lean’ manufacturing or logistics company canContinue reading “Energy – The Hidden Waste”