Partnership increases flight schedule communication
OAG Cargo, the market leader for air cargo data solutions, is to provide flight schedules data for the Worldwide Information Network (WIN) – a cloud-based e-communications platform for independent freight forwarders, giving WIN members immediate online access to more than 700,000 direct and connecting flights worldwide.
Under the agreement between OAG Cargo and WIN, the flight schedules data will be available right from within the WIN platform.
OAG Cargo announced the new partnership on the first day of the 5th WCA Family Conference Week, taking place in Bangkok, Thailand from 7 to 10 March, where the company is participating. Part of WCA Family Conference Week, the networking event has attracted more than 2,400 independent freight forwarders.
Speaking from the show, Executive Vice President of OAG Cargo, Alv Hill, said: “This deal is a significant development for WIN members as it allows small and medium sized freight forwarders to effectively compete with larger companies that have broad access to similar data.
“Our product also saves valuable time through its simplicity and ease in finding the best flight and route for any consignment,” Hill added.
OAG Cargo’s flight schedules data is due to go live on the WIN platform later this year. John DeBenedette, Worldwide Information Network’s Managing Director said: “Empowering independent forwarders with broad reach in terms of connectivity and the latest tools to enhance their airfreight operations is a priority for WIN in 2013. The addition of OAG flight schedules is an important strategic step towards achieving our goals.”
Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight
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.
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.
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