Tag Archives: transport

Mobility as a Service (MaaS) – whim away whim away…

Great article explaining the concept of Mobility as a Service from Deloitte Insights.  Helsinki is planning that no citizen need own a vehicle to get around the city because all forms of public (e.g. bus and train) and private (e.g. … Continue reading

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Aston Martin will “be maxing out its production capability” by end of 2018

Aston Martin had been a loss making operation until 2017.  It’s latest financial results report  a pre-tax profit of £87m, compared with a £163m loss in 2016, and revenue increased by 48% to £876m.  This is because its new CEO … Continue reading

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There’s snow business, then slow business, then no business, I know

… at least as far as the railways are concerned.  Train operators, such as Greater Anglia, Southern and Great Northern, have cancelled some services and are running on a limited number of routes as the severe weather sets in.  This … Continue reading

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Ryanair stays ‘tough’ with airports

In the last few years Ryanair has significantly changed its approach to customers (see my blog of 14 April 2014).  But it continues to be ‘tough’ when it comes to its relationship with airports.  The airline has just announced that … Continue reading

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The impact of digitisation on container shipping worldwide

Fifty years ago McKinsey was commissioned by the British Transport Docks Board to write a report on containerisation and the implications this would have for that sector.  Naturally enough the report concluded that containers were a disruptive technology that would … Continue reading

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Turning the taxi into a convenience store

Great story from VB (venture beat).  Cargo is a US-based marketing company that develops new channels of distribution for confectionary, cosmetics and electronics manufacturers.  One such channel is the “ride-hailing” sector i.e. taxis.  More specifically Cargo has partnered with Uber … Continue reading

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2017 was safest year on record for commercial passenger air travel

Earlier this month Reuters reported that 2017 was the safest year on record for commercial passenger jet air travel.  There were no accidental deaths last year (compared with 16 accidents and 303 deaths in 2016).  This means on average there … Continue reading

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Uber v. Grab – who is best adapted to the south east Asia market?

At first sight both Uber and Grab have the same business model – an app-based taxi service.  Uber is global, whereas Grab is regional – operating in cities around south-east Asia. But are they really the same?  And which is … Continue reading

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Digital business models in the automotive industry

Oliver Wyman have recently published a report on the implications of the digital revolution for carmakers.  To date, most auto manufacturers have developed their own digital products/services in-house, with only moderate levels of success.  But all the evidence suggests that … Continue reading

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Kobe Steel’s customers’ quality challenge

Kobe Steel has admitted that for the last ten years it has been falsifying quality test data on its products, including copper and aluminium sheeting, iron ore powder, steel wire, and copper tubing.  Kobe’s customers include most of the major … Continue reading

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