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International superstar Sting jetted in from Dubai to add his name to the long list of national figures who have given the annual address at Harton Technology College in South Shields.
In the quest for competitive differentiation, we are beginning to see more and companies highlighting the merits of their supply chain. While this tactic may not be ground-breaking in itself, the difference we’re now experiencing is that companies are exposing their supply chains directly to their customers, with capabilities that are intended to benefit the customer as opposed to just themselves.
Genesee & Wyoming Inc. has agreed to acquire approximately 95% of the shares of Freightliner Group Limited (Freightliner) from Arcapita and other shareholders for a cash consideration of approximately £490 million (US$755 million) and to assume approximately £8.5 million (US$13 million) in net debt and capitalised leases.
Rail freight, which offers a key service to the construction industry, has seen an upsurge in rail borne demand for aggregates and cement. Construction traffic increased by 17% during the year 2013/14 and continued to grow this year with a 9% increase over the previous year for the first quarter of 2014.
The combination of falling oil prices and economic recovery has created more positive conditions for the haulage industry than we have seen for almost a decade. After years of continually rising fuel costs reducing profit margins to the limit, at last hauliers – and their customers – have some good news.