Opinions

Chris Jones, Descartes Systems Group

Is your attitude the real problem?

You wouldn’t think a saying from a fictional pirate would have much relevance in the real world, but sadly the quote attributed to Captain Jack Sparrow: “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem,” sums up one of the biggest challenges facing today’s supply chain: an inflexible mindset.

Do 3PLs offer the only solution to shared warehousing?

According to the Property Data Report 2013* there is £80 billion worth of warehousing in the UK. But, at any one time, how much of it is lying dormant, unutilised?

The increasing complexity of wreck removal requires specialist advice

The increasing complexity of wreck removal requires specialist advice

In the past, removing wrecks from an area of coastline was conducted from a pragmatic perspective. Local authorities would make an assessment of the likely dangers to navigation and the impact on the natural environment and then decide if the wreck should be left in situ or taken away for disposal. Today’s different approach requires almost all wrecks to be removed and the natural environment restored to its original condition.

Cultural consideration is key when doing business in the Middle East

Cultural consideration is key when doing business in the Middle East

We live in an age of fast moving business and virtual transactions, where the explosion of the internet and social media has permanently changed how businesses operate; however for those organisations that have expanded into the Middle East, the corporate world is a very different place.

The economic sustainability of shipping

The economic sustainability of shipping

In June 2012, alongside the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) represented the world’s shipowners at the United Nations ‘Rio+20’ Summit on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro.