May 17, 2020

CH Robinson appoints new man to grow European operations

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Follow @JosephWilkesWDM One of the worlds largest logistics companies, CH Robinson Worldwide Inc, has made a new appointment as it looks to grow its Eu...

One of the world’s largest logistics companies, CH Robinson Worldwide Inc, has made a new appointment as it looks to grow its European operations.

Ivo Aris, formerly of freight logistics company the Rhenus Group, has been appointed as Director of Global Forwarding for CH Robinson Europe.

The company says that Aris’ primary focus will be to lead the continental growth and advancement of the global forwarding division, including setting the Europe global forwarding strategy and overall execution.

A 20-year industry veteran, Aris has held responsibilities in sales, operations, and management at Road Air, which was acquired by the Rhenus Group in 2007.

He became the Country Manager for air and ocean freight for The Netherlands, was member of the Global Air and Ocean management team and had significant responsibility over several of the portfolio companies of the Rhenus Group.

He is also Chairman of the Dutch Airfreight Forwarders’ Association.

Stephane Rambaud, Senior Vice President Global Forwarding, said: “We feel that Ivo has the right management experience, business acumen, and communication skills to lead us forward and grow our European global forwarding operations.

“The overall strength of our global forwarding capabilities worldwide continues to provide high service and value to our customers.”

CH Robinson established an initial presence in Europe 20 years ago through partial ownership of Transeco, a motor carrier in France.

The company now has a network of 51 offices and more than 1,000 employees in Europe.

Since July 2012, CH Robinson has named Bryan Foe president of its European operations, acquired Poland-based Apreo Logistics SA and opened offices in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and Istanbul, Turkey.

CH Robinson has annual revenues of over $11 billion and total employees worldwide of more than 11,000.

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Jun 21, 2021

Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight

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Elon Musk’s tunnelling firm plans underground freight tunnels with shipping containers moved on “battery-powered freight carriers”, according to reports

Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports. 

A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers. 

Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US. 

The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two. 


Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels

The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.

The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete. 

Tesla’s supply chain woes 

Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue. 

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Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely

Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany

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