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October 20, 2006

In Other News

Filed under: News and Comment — shippingpal @ 12:12 pm

Yesterday was a good day for UPS, who reported a 19% increase in global volume, and enjoyed a healthy 3.9 percent spike in share value. Kudos to them. UPS were the first major firm to sign on for Shipping Pal, and their team were very enthusiastic about the project. Having read about them in Friedman’s The World is Flat, it’s fascinating to see how they’ve expanded from being a straightforward shipping service provider to becoming an integrated supply chain manager, handling all aspects of their clients’ business processes. That kind of vision, and attainment, is inspiring. Here’s another article of note on UPS’s emerging green fleet.

Meanwhile, Der Spiegel reports on Panama’s plans to widen the canal, including a nice picture gallery that tracks the history of the Panama Canal.

A recently released book, The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger, traces the history of the modern shipping container from its invention by Malcolm McLean in 1956 to the present day, and there’s an interesting podcast here on New York public radio WNYC which salutes the 50th anniversary of the shipping container with an interview with the author of The Box, Marc Levinson. Princeton Press also has a 19 minute video interview with him available online.

Currently reading: Spiegel international edition

Currently hearing: Refreaked (Dzihan & Kamien)

Currently watching: Princeton Press interview with Marc Levinson

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