DB Schenker offering 3-D printing solutions

Global logistics major DB Schenker is continuing with its technological drive to make its operations more seamless. Recently, the company claimed to have become the world’s first logistics service provider offering its customers an extensive 3-D printing service. A company release maintained that the customers can now upload the 3-D template via the online portal eSchenker, select materials and color, consult prices, place orders and have the printing delivered. At present, printing includes medical devices made from stainless steel, robot gripper fingers made from plastic, or customized packaging material. For…

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Task force gets into action for e-commerce policy

The special task force constituted by the Commerce Ministry to suggest modalities for a dedicated e-commerce policy got into action with its maiden meeting in New Delhi late last week. The commerce ministry had earlier committed announcing a new policy by the end of this year. The first meeting of the task force was chaired by the Commerce Secretary, Rita Teaotia, and  suggestions were sought from the participating stakeholders on a range of issues including border data flows, taxation, trade facilitation and logistics, consumer confidence, IPR and future tech, FDI…

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Govt. seeks suggestion for quantum jump in exports in near run

Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, in his interaction with the leading trading houses and exporters in New Delhi last week, sought suggestions on formulating a strategy for increasing exports by USD 100 billion in the next few years. The meeting was organized by the apex body of exporters – FIEO. Commerce and Industry Minister informed that the export performance has been encouraging, last year, merchandise exports crossed USD 300 billion and registered a growth of 10%, while in 2016-17 it was 5%. Total exports,…

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Volvo Eicher BS-VI compliant engine gets ICAT certification

The International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT), a division of NATRiP implementation society (NATIS), under the administrative control of Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, has completed the first BS-VI certification for a heavy duty engine model for Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicle. ICAT is the first of new world class centers established under the National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRiP) with the main objective of carrying out Research & Development besides extending homologation facilities in the field of Automotive Engineering. The engine has been developed and manufactured…

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GEODIS- CDiscount agree to expand logistics partnership

GEODIS and Cdiscount are expanding their logistics partnership with the opening of an 80,000 square meter storage facility in Moissy-Cramayel (in the Seine-et-Marne department of France) in order to manage products weighing less than 30 kilograms sold by the French e-commerce leader. As part of its development strategy, Cdiscount has entrusted GEODIS with the operation of its new logistics platform in Moissy-Cramayel, located in the Seine-et-Marne department in the southern Île-de-France region of France. In less than three months, GEODIS teams have successfully opened this 80,000 square meter facility, which can…

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Agartala Airport gets a new name

The Union Cabinet last week gave its approval to rename the Agartala Airport in Tripura as ‘Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore Airport. The decision comes in the wake of the long pending demand of people of Tripura as well as the Tripura Government for paying tribute to Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore. Agartala Airport was constructed in 1942 on the land donated by Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore. As a visionary ruler, who had travelled extensively across the globe, he took several steps for the all-round development of Tripura. Due to…

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Volvo Trucks and FedEx successfully demonstrate truck platooning

Volvo Trucks North America, together with FedEx and the North Carolina Turnpike Authority, used advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) technology to conduct on-highway truck platooning as part of ongoing research collaboration. Volvo Trucks North America has been working closely with FedEx and the North Carolina Turnpike Authority (NCTA) to expand on-highway operations of Volvo’s Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC) in the United States on N.C. 540, the Triangle Expressway. This marks the first public on-highway showcase of platooning technology between a major truck manufacturer and a transportation company in the…

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Taj spearheading women weavers’ training programme

The Indian Hotels Company’s iconic brand  Taj has spearheaded a women weavers’ training programme to facilitate self-employment and income generation. In line with its ethos of preserving indigenous crafts and culture and building sustainable livelihoods, the initiative is breaking the mould in what is considered a male-dominated handloom industry. Taj has been committed to reviving the ancient skill of handloom weaving as a relevant source of employment for over a decade. Since 2008, IHCL has engaged with the weavers to skill and support the community. Through its Livelihood Support Programme, Taj develops and sources silk sarees which…

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Core industries report modest growth in May

The Eight Core Industries comprising 40.27 per cent of the weight of items included in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) have reported a cumulative growth of 3.6 per in May. Coal production was a major contributor to this growth with an increase of 12.1 per cent in production.  Fertilizers production too grew at a robust pace of 8.4 per cent. The growth in steel output, however, was negligible at 0.5 percent. Another important core sector, Cement,  grew by a modest margin of over 5 percent. The laggards during the month…

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UPS sets up $100 million technology hub in Paris

Global airfreight giant UPS® (NYSE: UPS) has inaugurated an expansive technology center near Paris which has been set up at an estimated investment of $100 million. The center which will be a major distribution hub for the company boasts of advanced technology package sorting. In size, the hub is equal to four soccer fields. Nando Cesarone, president of UPS International said, “With modernization and growth initiatives like this new Paris Hub, UPS is helping businesses in Europe – small and large –connect with customers faster and with greater efficiency. Placed…

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