2016 in Review

As we approach the new year we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017.

We say farewell to 2016, which has certainly been a rollercoaster of a year on both the world stage and in logistics. Below is a review of some of the highs and lows of the year.

Early 2016 saw an outbreak in the Zika Virus in South America and concerns for travellers and athletes attending the Rio Olympics.

In April the consolidated poll of polls suggested the UK’s position on Brexit was 44% Remain, 42% Leave, 16% Undecided.

In May news of the changes in shipping line alliances started to emerge, including Hyundai being in talks with Maersk & MSC.

In June the Panama canal expansion completed, allowing 13,000 TEU vessels to cross the continent, increased from 5,000 TEU ships.

23rd June the United Kingdom voted to leave Europe, the referendum returned results of 51.9% Leave, 48.1% Remain.

In July Donald Trump won the republican candidate nomination to challenge Hilary Clinton for the US Presidency.

In August Hanjin, one of the world’s largest shipping lines announced they had moved into receivership.

During August The Rio Olympics took place, the medal table ended with the USA 1st (46 golds) and Team GB 2nd (27 golds).

In September Uniserve were appointed as the official logistics partner for the UK government’s ‘Exporting is Great’ campaign.

During September The Rio Paralympics took place, this time it was China 1st with 107 gold medals and Team GB second again with 64. 

In October The Supply Chain Academy hosted the major event of the year, ‘Brexit: The Future of the Supply Chain Conference’.

8 November Another surprise in world politics, as Trump was elected as the new US President, taking office in January 2017.

In November No surprise here as Uniserve won the ‘Seafreight Solutions Provider of the Year 2016’ at the Global Freight Awards ceremony.

In December The Supply Chain Academy, in conjunction with Leeds University, got to work on an industry first, ‘The Supply Chain Degree Apprenticeship’.

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