May 12, 2020 Informative | 256 views

10 of History's Deadliest Construction Projects

Project
Location
Death Toll
Panama Canal
Panama
30,609
Burma-Siam Railway
Thailand
12,399
Sea-Baltic Canal
Russia
12,000
Karakoram Highway
Pakistan
892
Aswan Dam
Egypt
500
Hawks Nest Tunnel
United States
109
Hoover Dam
United States
96
Los Angeles Aqueduct
United States
43
New York City Third Water Tunnel
United States
24
St. Gotthard Road Tunnel
Switzerland
8
April 30, 2020 General | 210 views

Microsoft FY20 Q3 Resultspermalink

www.microsoft.com

  • Microsoft Q3: revenue up 15% YoY to $35B, net income of $10.8B, up 22% YoY, Intelligent Cloud revenue of $12.3B, up 27%, LinkedIn revenue up 21%, Azure’s up 59%
  • Microsoft says Teams has 75M+ DAUs, up from 44M in mid-March, a 70% increase, and attributes the growth to COVID-19

Meanwhile in Redmond, Washington. Satya Nadella has some figures to share with you. He has always been very impressive even prior to rising to the title of CEO, and glad they got rid of Steve Ballmer, whose obsession with mobile was insanely manic. If you can never be good at something, admit it, move on and choose what you can do best.

April 28, 2020 General | 284 views

Import General Manifest and Outbound Inbound Marketing

I rather find it strange that in US import air and sea manifest isn’t available publicly online1, in Pakistan every single import by air and sea is available online by Pakistan Customs. It’s a very crowded portal all FFs / Customs Brokers and their Tele Reps are busy calling customers right away the shipment lands into Pakistan by collecting data from there.. importers here are overwhelmed by phone calls and emails., its called import general manifest IGM and portal is updated on an hourly basis.

Exports data is tricky. It’s not available online. Having said that both imp-exp data ain’t so helpful. As it may seem.

As outbound marketing has lost its mojo long ago due to spam. It’s all about Inbound now. 90% customers we had acquired in the past 2 years were entirely through SERP organic ranking., and AdWords.

Even our 50k subscribers strong newsletter doesn’t help much. We now only send once a month at maximum just to keep the list from being stalled and avoid too many bounce back due to inactive email addresses. That doesn’t go well with anyone. Either MailChimp or SES.

A lot of email addresses become invalid due to people leaving etc even in a month., and if you don’t email in 2-4 months it easily breaches the allowed hard bounce limit of 0.5%  and risks account suspension.


1. The US Customs however provides the manifest data to Commercial Software Companies, who would sell it online for a subscription ranging from $100 to $250 per month.

April 11, 2020 Statistics | 33,306 views

Top 50 Air Freight Forwarders 2020 By Metric Tons Volume

Rank
Company
Headquarters
Metric Tons
1
DHL Supply Chain
Germany
2,051,000
2
Kuehne + Nagel
Switzerland
1,643,000
3
DB Schenker USA
Germany
1,162,000
4
DSV Air & Sea Ltd.
Denmark
1,071,266
5
UPS Supply Chain Solutions
United States
965,700
6
Expeditors International of Washington
United States
955,391
7
Nippon Express
Japan
752,942
8
Bollore Logistics
France
634,000
9
Kintetsu World Express
Japan
600,849
10
Hellmann Worldwide Logistics
Germany
586,670
11
Hitachi Transport System
Japan
538,000
12
Sinotrans Ltd.
China
530,100
13
Apex Logistics International
United States
520,000
14
Ceva Logistics
Switzerland
476,600
15
Kerry Logistics Network
Hong Kong
453,000
16
Agility Logistics
Kuwait
415,000
17
Yusen Logistics
Japan
380,000
18
Geodis
France
363,451
19
Dachser
Germany
344,900
20
Crane Worldwide Logistics
United States
337,300
21
FedEx Logistics
United States
276,400
22
NNR Global Logistics
Japan
260,029
23
Pilot Freight Services
United States
230,000
24
Dimerco Express Group
Taiwan
213,200
25
C.H. Robinson Worldwide
United States
210,000
26
EFL
Sri Lanka
188,264
27
Logwin Logistics
Luxembourg
180,000
28
Cargo-Partner
Austria
173,247
29
Trinity Logistics USA
United States
164,000
30
Damco International
The Netherlands
158,405
31
AWOT Global Logistics Group
China
158,343
32
Mainfreight Ltd.
New Zealand
127,418
33
Toll Group
Australia
113,000
34
Beijing Harmony Shipping & Forwarding Agent
China
100,000
35
Seko Logistics
United States
90,000
36
Worldwide Logistics Group
China
87,549
37
TransGroup Global Logistics
United States
86,000
38
Nissin Corp.
Japan
85,000
39
APL Logistics
Singapore
82,554
40
BDP International
United States
76,000
41
OIA Global
United States
75,000
42
XPO Logistics
United States
70,200
43
Gebruder Weiss
Austria
61,000
44
Noatum Logistics
Spain
53,800
45
Imperial Logistics
South Africa
53,660
46
Mallory Alexander International Logistics
United States
50,000
46
BEL International Logistics
Hong Kong
50,000
48
CJ Logistics
South Korea
43,954
49
Scanwell Logistics
United States
40,000
50
Shanghai Hengrong International Transportation
China
40,000
April 11, 2020 Statistics | 57,479 views

Top 50 Ocean Freight Forwarders 2020 By TEUs Volume

Rank
Company
Headquarters
TEUs
1
Kuehne + Nagel
Switzerland
4,861,000
2
Sinotrans Ltd.
China
3,740,000
3
DHL Global Forwarding
Germany
3,207,000
4
DB Schenker USA
Germany
2,260,000
5
DSV Panalpina A/S
Denmark
1,907,126
6
Kerry Logistics Network
Hong Kong
1,325,000
7
Expeditors International of Washington
United States
1,125,137
8
C.H. Robinson Worldwide
United States
1,000,000
9
Hellmann Worldwide Logistics
Germany
955,800
10
Fr. Meyer’s Sohn
Germany
850,000
11
Bollore Logistics
France
839,000
12
Yusen Logistics/NYK Logistics
Japan
815,000
13
Geodis
France
798,137
14
Ceva Logistics
Switzerland
786,600
15
Agility Logistics
Kuwait
740,000
16
Nippon Express
Japan
703,061
17
Kintetsu World Express
Japan
700,043
18
Logwin Logistics
Luxembourg
690,000
19
AllCargo Logistics
India
684,000
20
OOCL Logistics
Hong Kong
650,000
21
Leschaco
Germany
636,000
22
Worldwide Logistics Group
China
630,218
23
UPS Supply Chain Solutions
United States
620,000
24
Damco/Maersk Logistics
The Netherlands
577,084
25
Cargo Services Far East
Hong Kong
556,000
26
Dachser
Germany
536,900
27
Toll Group
Australia
533,600
28
China Resources Logistics (Group)
Hong Kong
500,000
28
LF Logistics
Hong Kong
500,000
30
Honour Lane Shipping
Hong Kong
418,630
31
Kingway Transportation Company
China
400,000
31
Mallory Alexander International Logistics
United States
400,000
33
Mainfreight Ltd.
New Zealand
342,741
34
Cargo-Partner
Austria
314,067
35
CJ Logistics
South Korea
309,851
36
BDP International
United States
302,000
37
Chinatrans International Logistics
China
300,000
38
Noatum Logistics
Spain
289,100
39
Hitachi Transport System
Japan
260,000
40
Zhejiang Jiulong International Logistics
China
250,000
41
Nissin Corp.
Japan
230,000
42
Dimerco Express Group
Taiwan
225,800
43
De Well Group
China
210,000
44
EFL
Sri Lanka
201,958
45
Odyssey Logistics & Technology
United States
200,000
46
Horizon Air Freight
United States
200,000
47
Asia Shipping Transportes Internacionais
Brazil
195,000
48
Sino-Ocean Group
China
192,000
49
Zhejiang Chasen Freight Forwarding
China
180,000
50
CWT Ltd.
Singapore
170,000
April 10, 2020 Statistics | 597 views

COVID-19 STATS. Cases Vs Deaths Vs Deaths %

Among the most affected countries, Germany has done quite well. Total Cases: 113,296 with only 2% Death Ratio. Russia has the lowest Death %., and France the highest. (As of 10th April 2020.)

HIGHEST NUMBER OF DEATHS
COUNTRY CASES DEATHS DEATHS %
Italy 139,422 17,669 12.7%
Spain 152,446 15,238 10.0%
United States 434,861 14,814 3.4%
France 82,048 10,869 13.2%
United Kingdom 60,733 7,097 11.7%
Iran 67,286 4,110 6.1%
China 81,865 3,335 4.1%
Belgium 24,983 2,523 10.1%
Netherlands 21,762 2,396 11.0%
Germany 113,296 2,280 2.0%
Switzerland 23,529 913 3.9%
Brazil 16,238 824 5.1%
Turkey 38,226 812 2.1%
Sweden 9,233 807 8.7%
Canada 19,277 435 2.3%
Portugal 13,956 409 2.9%
Austria 13,105 295 2.3%
Ireland 6,074 235 3.9%
South Korea 10,423 204 2.0%
India 5,865 169 2.9%
Norway 6,085 105 1.7%
Israel 9,755 79 0.8%
Russia 10,131 76 0.8%
Pakistan 4,414 63 1.4%
Australia 6,109 51 0.8%
HIGHEST NUMBER OF DEATHS %
COUNTRY CASES DEATHS DEATHS %
France 82,048 10,869 13.2%
Italy 139,422 17,669 12.7%
United Kingdom 60,733 7,097 11.7%
Netherlands 21,762 2,396 11.0%
Belgium 24,983 2,523 10.1%
Spain 152,446 15,238 10.0%
Sweden 9,233 807 8.7%
Iran 67,286 4,110 6.1%
Brazil 16,238 824 5.1%
China 81,865 3,335 4.1%
Switzerland 23,529 913 3.9%
Ireland 6,074 235 3.9%
United States 434,861 14,814 3.4%
Portugal 13,956 409 2.9%
India 5,865 169 2.9%
Canada 19,277 435 2.3%
Austria 13,105 295 2.3%
Turkey 38,226 812 2.1%
Germany 113,296 2,280 2.0%
South Korea 10,423 204 2.0%
Norway 6,085 105 1.7%
Pakistan 4,414 63 1.4%
Australia 6,109 51 0.8%
Israel 9,755 79 0.8%
Russia 10,131 76 0.8%
HIGHEST NUMBER OF CASES
COUNTRY CASES DEATHS DEATHS %
United States 434,861 14,814 3.4%
Spain 152,446 15,238 10.0%
Italy 139,422 17,669 12.7%
Germany 113,296 2,280 2.0%
France 82,048 10,869 13.2%
China 81,865 3,335 4.1%
Iran 67,286 4,110 6.1%
United Kingdom 60,733 7,097 11.7%
Turkey 38,226 812 2.1%
Belgium 24,983 2,523 10.1%
Switzerland 23,529 913 3.9%
Netherlands 21,762 2,396 11.0%
Canada 19,277 435 2.3%
Brazil 16,238 824 5.1%
Portugal 13,956 409 2.9%
Austria 13,105 295 2.3%
South Korea 10,423 204 2.0%
Russia 10,131 76 0.8%
Israel 9,755 79 0.8%
Sweden 9,233 807 8.7%
Australia 6,109 51 0.8%
Norway 6,085 105 1.7%
Ireland 6,074 235 3.9%
India 5,865 169 2.9%
Pakistan 4,414 63 1.4%
April 6, 2020 News | 156 views

Qatar Airways beefs up freighter frequencies to multiple marketspermalink

www.freightwaves.com

Qatar Airways is pouring on the freighter capacity, using all-cargo aircraft and passenger planes in cargo-only mode to meet high demand for moving fresh produce and meat, pharmaceuticals and general cargo in Australia, India, Kuwait, Oman and the Netherlands.

Literally QR (Qatar Airways) is keeping the lights on here in Pakistan too, under current circumstances. EK (Emirates Airline) is either profiteering or may be it’s their inadequate strategy to cope with the COVID-19 crisis in our market., because normally they are very nice.

March 15, 2020 Informative | 536 views

How deadly is the coronavirus?

Comparing the 🦠coronavirus to Ebola and MERS is reassuring. But that doesn’t mean we can discount Covid-19 as being just like the flu. The current 3.4% mortality rate is 34x deadlier than the seasonal flu. Even the estimate of 1%, which takes into consideration unreported mild cases, means the virus is 10x more deadly. Could the coronavirus spread as widely as the flu? Yes, if it’s allowed to.

Mortality might be lower than the others, however the rate of transmission is so high which makes it more alarming, it will over exhaust supplies and doctors. And if that happened, more people might die due to the lack of health support and the mortality rate may exceed many other viruses 🦠

Credits: BloombergOpinion IG

March 7, 2020 General | 489 views

These startups raised billions and then laid off thousands. Workers are shocked and frustratedpermalink

edition.cnn.com

Just a few months ago, discount hotel chain OYO seemed unstoppable. The India-based startup touted plans for global expansion and saw its valuation double to $10 billion in October. But in mid-January, the company began sweeping layoffs that have seen thousands lose their jobs. Last September, Fair.com, a car-leasing startup that raised nearly $400 million in a funding roughly a year earlier, acquired one of its rivals, Canvas, only to slash 40% of its workforce weeks later. The goal, according to a memo at the time that Fair.com directed CNN Business to from its then-CEO, was to “be a smaller team, focused on doing fewer things well.” One laid off Canvas-turned Fair employee said it was “a rollercoaster.” (Fair declined to comment beyond the memo.)

Actually the ‘startup’ model always been around the ‘hyper-growth’ at any cost1. So they could outcompete the established players or get too much head start over the new comers., or otherwise just grab as much market share, in a shorter period of time, as they can. 

However it comes at a price and price is what VCs are willing to pay or at least used to pay for the hyper-growth. Traditionally businesses grow organically, as did our. However VC-Startup partnership totally changed the economics and dynamics of the businesses. 

Anyhow speaking of Flexport specifically, I guess laying off merely 50 personnel does not even count as opposed to other larger lay-offs, for instance Oyo another Softbank funded startup laid off over 3300 personnel.


1. However in the aftermath of WeWork fiasco, things are changing quite rapidly, in particular Softbank has made a major shift in their strategy, they are trying to minimize losses and seek profitability in the near future for their funded startups., by reducing headcounts and overheads.

January 14, 2020 General | 600 views

Success Vs Failure

Neither success nor failure are spontaneous. Both are the result of an enduring process. No one becomes a billionaire overnight, and no one goes bankrupt overnight either. In short, you have to persistently screw up a lot of things to go bankrupt. And likewise, you have to persistently do most things right to succeed.