Would you carry something abroad for a stranger?

Would you carry something abroad for a stranger?

The next time you take an international flight, how about transporting something in your suitcase for a complete stranger? If your answer to that question is a resounding “no way”, and the very thought conjures up terrifying images of unwitting drug mules and long prison sentences, you might need to think again. “I always take […]

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Carmakers fear rising trade barriers after Brexit

Carmakers fear rising trade barriers after Brexit

A storm is brewing as clouds gather over Bristol Port, with the rain set to fall on tens of thousands of vehicles parked in the port’s car compounds, ready for export by ship, or destined for UK dealerships. It is an apt backdrop for the UK automotive sector’s current predicament. “Brexit has derailed the industry,” […]

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Cities face a surge in online deliveries

Cities face a surge in online deliveries

By the time veteran UPS driver Thomas “Tommy” Chu leaves work, he will have picked up and delivered hundreds of packages in New York City, making some 16 stops an hour as his company hurries to meet the online shopping rush. But what may be his most impressive feat of the day precedes that scramble: […]

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Asia-Pacific trade deal signed by 11 nations

Asia-Pacific trade deal signed by 11 nations

Eleven Asia-Pacific countries have just signed the trade pact formerly known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Although the US pulled out last year, the deal was salvaged by the remaining members, who signed it at a ceremony in the Chilean city of Santiago. Chilean foreign minister Heraldo Munoz said the agreement was a strong signal “against […]

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Smart luggage firms close because of airline battery rules

Smart luggage firms close because of airline battery rules

Two smart luggage firms have closed in May, with both blaming changes to airline policies regarding how lithium batteries can be taken on board planes. Raden and Bluesmart said the changes, by several major airlines in December 2017, had made business impossible. The new rules meant that luggage batteries had to be removable. The smart […]

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Calculating the gender gap in the technology sector

Calculating the gender gap in the technology sector

As she reported on sexual harassment issues at big companies, Jennifer Saba, a Breakingviews columnist, looked for a concrete way to quantify the gender gap in the technology sector. Saba decided to focus on Facebook (FB.O), Google (GOOGL.O) and Apple since all of the Silicon Valley companies have a predominately male workforce and publish reams […]

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The battle of the gas-sucking mega giants is set to begin

The battle of the gas-sucking mega giants is set to begin

Off the coast of Western Australia, a battle between mega giants is unfolding. The combatants involve the world’s biggest semi-submersible platform, the longest sub-sea pipeline in the southern hemisphere, and the largest floating facility ever built. They’re all there for the same reason: natural gas – and they’re hoping to start drawing it up this […]

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Broadband speeds ‘far slower than in ads’

Broadband speeds ‘far slower than in ads’

Which? says many UK households get half the broadband speed they pay for. Customers on a 38Mbps service received average speeds of 19Mbps, according to its findings, taken from 235,000 uses of its broadband speed checker tool. And those on super-fast packages of up to 200Mbps were on average only able to receive speeds of […]

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