Editorial Features 2023
Voice of the Independent is published monthly, with each edition containing a comprehensive editorial feature. Each feature will look at a particular industry subject in detail and include local knowledge with specialist forwarders.
eCommerce: Most forwarders didn’t expect much of an end-of-year peak, but did ecommerce prop up the market? How were sales for holiday shopping; and how are WCA forwarders working it into their businesses?
Sourcing: Chinese lockdowns, concerns over ‘Belt and Road’, and western humanitarian worries have contributed to a slow movement out of China in some areas of manufacturing. But which are the new sourcing countries, and what does it mean for intra-Asia trades?
Russia/Ukraine impact: It’s a year since Russia invaded Ukraine. We look at how that has impacted both the air and sea freight market; how forwarders have adapted to the new reality; and the new trade lanes that have opened up.
Environment: Environmentally friendly transport is more important than ever. But how can forwarders assure their customers of minimal emissions; and what can forwarders themselves do to be green.
Project logistics: Project logistics has faced several ups and downs in recent years, with a shortage of air capacity, to new developments in oil & gas, and environmentally friendly energy projects. How have specialist forwarders managed the changes?
Perishables: Perishables struggled while freight rates soared during the pandemic. With rates expected to have fallen, are fruit and vegetable exporters enjoying a better, cheaper service?
Time-critical: Time-critical logistics has changed since Covid triggered a switch from just-in-time to just-in-case. Has this change lasted, and what can technology do to help speed up logistics?
Training and recruitment: Training and recruitment has become increasingly difficult since the global labour shortage following the pandemic. What training is available for young forwarders; how has the labour market changed and can digitisation help?
Technology: Digitisation is no longer an option, it’s here and improving day by day. We look at how forwarders can better their businesses with technology, how it can create efficiencies in the supply chain, and how it can save costs.
Africa: Africa has long been seen as a land of opportunity, but the continent has been slow to fulfil its potential. We explore which countries are growing economically; what infrastructure projects are happening; and what the remaining challenges are.
Air charters: Air charters are a critical part of the logistics infrastructure, but the market is buffeted by outside influences more than other players. How impacted is it by capacity and ocean freight services; and what will happen as the 747 nears its operational end?
Pharma logistics: Pharmaceuticals and healthcare verticals have soared in the past, providing strong yields and good growth for the logistics business. But how has the sector fared over the past year; and is it an easy business to get into?
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