Tag Archives: transport

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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Ryanair failing to deliver on its order qualifiers

Given that Ryanair’s current problems are clearly operational I feel obliged to blog about it.  But I’ll let the media analyse their all their woes, which seem to be getting worse on a daily basis.  The facet of the story … Continue reading

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Death of a salesman – the spread of disintermediation?

Interesting article from Lesniak Swann discussing Hyundai’s decision to launch its ‘click to buy’ service (check it out here).  This is another example of ‘disintermediation’ whereby manufacturers sell directly to consumers and potentially eliminate their physical distribution network, or service … Continue reading

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Biodegradable automobiles?

Cars are made from metal – usually. But recently a car made from flax and bioplastic (made from sugar beet) has been launched.  LINA is the first biocomposite vehicle.  As this article explains – “The complete chassis, the body of … Continue reading

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The impact of seasonality and fuel costs on easyjet

easyjet shares lost 6% this week on the release of their half year results.  The airline, like most other similar airlines in Europe, always makes a loss in the winter months  due to lower levels of demand at this time … Continue reading

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