August 21, 2020 General 410 views

Nike® Imports from six factories at Lahore, Pakistan

Nike® Imports from six factories in Pakistan. All of them are located at Lahore. Karachi is the port city and has a lot of apparel factories too. However the highest quality products or tier-1 branded (Nike, Adidas, Zara etc) apparel are mostly produced at Lahore or adjacent cities like Faisalabad.


May 12, 2020 Informative 432 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 370 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 434 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 33,754 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 58,549 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 726 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 General 282 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 662 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 612 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.