Rail freight: a shift to innovation

| November 29, 2018

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Many of these new direct rail links between China and Europe are giving shippers like you opportunities to explore innovative new ways to lower costs while dramatically reducing delivery times compared with those of traditional maritime routes. While rail may not be the main means of freight transportation in Europe, it can now offer you economic and ecological advantages for shipping demand-driven products and seasonal operations from China.

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COVID-19 Lesson: Make Your Supply Chain More Resilient

Article | March 31, 2020

Until the Coronavirus began wreaking its havoc, global companies could run their supply chains on the assumption that disruptions would be rare and short-lived, and that products should be sourced, produced, and distributed at the cheapest locations to be found, wherever in the world that may be. The pandemic, however, has exposed the risk, like never before, of concentrating sources in one location—especially when it’s far away from a company’s headquarters and markets.

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