May 17, 2020

Logistics specialist SBS Worldwide turns 30

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Follow @JosephWilkesWDM Top logistics specialist SBS Worldwide has been celebrating its thirtieth anniversary this month. From August 19 the company, o...

Top logistics specialist SBS Worldwide has been celebrating its thirtieth anniversary this month.

From August 19 the company, one of the largest in the world still operating as a privately-owned and managed company in the UK, has been celebrating its anniversary by posting facts from the previous 30 years on social networking site Twitter and an online video game has been made, where players operate an SBS freight ship and have to collect cargo while being pursued by Somali pirates.

SBS Worldwide offers global freight forwarding and supply chain solutions to clients around the world and has an established reputation.

Steve Walker launched the business in 1983 as S Black Shipping, operating between the UK and US, a trade that is still one of the firm’s strongest markets.

It has expanded into airfreight, express and supply chain services and now offers a global service.

In 1988 the company’s name changed to SBS Worldwide and in 1990 it opened an airfreight division at London’s Heathrow airport.

An office in Chicago was set up in 1998 and now the company has four facilities in the US and offices and warehouses in Hong Kong and China.

Founder and Chairman Steve Walker claims the secret of the company’s success is innovation.

Walker said: “Innovation drives business. Don’t expect your service offering to remain the same and still be acceptable. The competition always catches up.”

He added: ““Every step of the way, we have expanded to service the business needs of our customers. We have grown in partnership with them – our success depends on their success

“We have developed a game changer in our new software, eDC.                  

“Flexibility, adaptability and creativity have made us all think differently and offer solutions beyond just shipping freight. This is the innovation our customers are looking for.”

To play the interactive thirtieth anniversary celebration game hosted on SBS’s website, visit 

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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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