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Chinese Railways, Why? Part 9 of 9

Moreover, the world is becoming a somewhat scary place. Ships have been hijacked by pirates, and a Malaysian airline has inexplicably disappeared and another one was shot down. The Bangkok Airport was shut down for several days several years ago, as with rising tensions, protests and terrorism, more airports could be blocked in the future. Of course, these few incidents are statistically nothing, but they still ought to be factors in long-term planning. The alternative, trucks, is not efficient in terms of cost and time over very long distances. 



Chinese Railways, Why? Part 8 of 9

 The bottom of the first linked article provides these potential, and other, options. One option is through several of the ASEAN nations (again, a very significant trading partner of China), taking a seemingly twisted or zigzagging journey through Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and ending up in Singapore.



What is Logistics? Pt 1 of 3

But what is logistics? It seems to be an almost scary word, conjuring up a need for a PhD or Post-Graduate degree in Stochastics (an equally scary word). However, the truth is much more friendly. Logistics is simply "the management of the flow of goods between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet some requirements, for example, of customers or corporations. The logistics of physical items usually involves the integration of information flow, material handling, production, packaging, inventory, transportation, warehousing, and often security". In other words, logistics is simply how, what, where, when, and by whom a thing or things will go from Point A to Point B.



A Freight Forwarder, Pt 1 of 3

I learn so much and I am inspired to learn even more. Recently, I came across this post defining "freight forwarder". I think that the author was referring solely to trucks or ground transportation, or perhaps to a specific aspect of freight forwarding, because what I have learned since is more general.