Identify THREE reasons why sea freight might be selected over air freight for an international shipment.
IADR is an international agency for disaster relief which has set up offices in Xanadu for the provision of emergency relief services. Xanadu is a landlocked country (i.e. it does not have a sea port). There are limited rail links within the country and the road infrastructure is poor, especially during the rainy season. Xanadu occupies a large geographical area and the population is widely spread out. The objectives of IADR include the provision of emergency drugs, temporary accommodation (including tents and blankets for refugees), and other items such as mosquito nets. You have been engaged as a consultant to IADR to advise on the logistical aspects of distributing goods internally to local communities. The consultancy terms of reference include:
To advise on the optimum number of stores/warehouses to be established in Xanadu
To assess transportation problems
To make recommendations relating to the use of intermodal transport systems.
Assess whether IADR should establish one single warehouse within Xanadu to supply the national requirements, or a number of smaller regional stores.
Discuss the most likely methods of transport that may be required to overcome the internal logistical problems in Xanadu.
Explain what is meant by ??intermodal transport systems?? and explain how they could be used by IADR.
A recent article in The Independent newspaper stated that Western demand for cut- price clothes from the Far East was ??fuelling a vicious circle of supply-chain switches, wage reductions and worsening labour conditions across the world??. The article referred to recent problems relating to trade barriers between the EU and the Far East as well as the cultural problems associated with doing business with people from emerging economies.
In addition to lower cost, identify THREE reasons why buyers from developed economies such as the UK might switch their focus to Far East suppliers for high volume goods.
Briefly outline the arguments for and against implementing trade barriers to prevent the entry of imports into a country.
Identify and describe THREE techniques a government might employ to prevent imports. d) Describe the cultural problems which might be encountered when dealing with suppliers from a previously untried country.
Brenda has recently been appointed as a buyer for an importer of automotive parts. She has limited experience dealing with the logistical aspects of an international operation. In particular, she is not familiar with the documentation associated with
international trade nor with payment methods. Her new employer deals extensively with freight forwarding companies during the importation process.
Explain THREE principal documents used in transportation by sea.
Briefly describe how a Letter of Credit works.
Identify FOUR services provided by a freight forwarder.
Decatur, Illinois Friday, March 5, 1999 CENTRAL ILLINOIS ">A9 Obituaries Mabel Fern Ashby dies at age 100 Macon County Continued from A5 IK Beck BLUE MOUND Donald G. Beck, 46, of Blue Mound died 9:30 a.m. Thursday (March 4, 1999) in his home after a long struggle Stephens TAYLORVILLE Mary Elizabeth Stephens, 81, Taylorville, retired from Borg Warner, died Thursday March 4, 1999). Member: Calvary Baptist Church, Taylorville. Survivors: husband, Marion; sister, Florence Gibson. Preceded parents, two brothers and three sisters. Services: 11 a.m. Monday, Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville. ation: 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Burial: Fraley Cemetery, Carlock JEWETT Katherine Elizabeth Carlock, 43, Jewett, formerly of Tower Hill, employee of Fed-ders Corp., Effingham, died Tuesday (March 2, 1999). Member: Tower Hill Volunteer Fire Department. Survivors: sons, Larry Severe II and Patrick Severe, both of Cowden; mother, Mary Car-lock, Cowden; fiancee Rickie C. Clay, Jewett; brothers, Louis Car-lock and William Carlock, both of Cowden; Richard Carlock, Tower Hill; sisters, Patsy Carlock, Shumway; Roxie Morgan, Lake-wood; Rosie Hopkins, Cowden. Preceded father. Memorial services: 1 p.m. Saturday, Lockart & Sons Funeral Home, Cowden. operator of Hopper's Grocery and was a member of Broadway Christian Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. She married Lee Rono Hopper in 1919. He preceded her in death in 1960. She married Kester Ashby in 1965. He preceded her in death in 1975. Surviving are her stepson, Tom Ashby of Frazier Park, Calif.; stepdaughter, Dean (Norma) Pardieck of Mattoon; five stepgrandchildren; four great-stepgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands, one brother and one sister. Emrich CASEY Ila Emrich, 93, Casey, died Thursday (March 4, 1999). Arrangements incomplete: Markwell Funeral Home, Casey. Smith LOVINGTON Wayne W. Smith, 77, Paxton, retired from Chaunte Air Force Base, Rantoul, died Wednesday (March 3, 1999). Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Pax-ton. ation: 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Keller Cemetery, Lovington. Memorials: donor's choice. Deaths Listed d Decatur, Macon County BECK, Donald G., 46, Blue Mound BLEDSOE, Sally J. (Allen), 47, DAVIS, Irvin Philip, 74, D cestui FERGUSON, Ida (Taylor), 81, Decatur GOODWIN, John D., 81, Decatur HAWTHORNE, Jerrow P., 80, Decatur LEWIS, Ross R., 84, Decatur MARKWELL, Dorothy Jane (Martin), 89, Decatur SCHIRLE, Shirley N. (Bailey), 62, Decatur TUTTLE, Evelyn (Hicks), 64, Decatur WHINNERY, Edward G., 86, Decatur WIKOFF, William F., 81, Maroa ZINDEL, Robert R, 75, Decatur Central Illinois ASHBY, Mabel Fern (Hopkins), 100, Mattoon CARL0CK, Katherine Elizabeth, 43, Jewett DAWSON, Ferrell S. "Perry," 80, Paris ECKERT, Donald M., 81, Lincoln EMRICH, Ila, 93, Casey FISHER, Frances Louise "Cookie,' (Burgener), 79, Assumption HARRISON, Sarah L., 38, Savoy HOLKBAUGH, Glenn L., 76, Flora HURT, Willion Dean (Powell), 77, Sullivan KLEIN, Cody Allen, infant, Dieterich LETNER, Ronald R., 53, Charleston McCONNELL, Wanda J., 60, Taylorville OWENS, Robert Thomas, 71, Paris SZALEK, Bernice E., 85, Charleston SMITH, Wayne W, 77, Loving-ton STEPHENS, Mary Elizabeth (Armstrong), 81, Taylorville The Herald & Review publishes death notices free including date of death and service arrangements. Basic obituaries are published for a flat fee of $15. There are limits on the amount of information included in basic obituaries. Custom obituaries, which include additional information desired by the family of the deceased, are published for $9 per column inch. The obituary desk is open from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily at 421-7969 or Hardwood Think Carpet Weaver's Creates The Mood... You CreateThe Memories 1971 E. Pershing Rd. Decatur, IL. 217-876-9800 Peter's I)atts of jrleat 3777 N. WOOOFORD-WOODMOUND PLAZA STORE HOURS: TUES -FRI. 9-5:30. SAT. 9-5, Phone 875-5318 DECA TUR'S FINEST SERVICE ME A T MARKET" SERVE THE BEST - QUALITY MEATS FROM PETER'S CENTER CUT RIB PORK CHOPS 049 CENTER CUT LOIN PORK CHOPS MB LB. DELI SLICED BACON 1 39 LB. LOIN END PORK ROAST lift. Dawson RIS Ferrell S. "Perry" Dawson, 80, Paris, retired from CIPS, died Wednesday (March 3, 1999). Services: 10 a.m. Saturday, Sutton & Son Funeral Home, Paris. ation: 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. Entombment: Edgar Mausoleum. Memorials: American Cancer Society. iKtEckert LINCOLN Donald M. Eckert, 81, Lincoln, died Thursday (March 4, 1999). Services: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Holy Family Church, Lincoln. ation: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Kerrigan Funeral Home, Lincoln, with 5 p.m. wake service. Burial: St. Mary's Cemetery, Lincoln, with military rites. Memorials: American Diabetes Association. 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Mrs. Ashby was born Aug. 30, 1898, in Shelby County, the daughter of Henry and Anne Hopkins. She was owner and Hawthorne DECATUR Jerrow P. Hawthorne, 80, Decatur, died Thursday (March 4, 1999). Arrangements incomplete: Grace-landFairlawn Funeral Homa Wikoff MAROA William F. Wikoff, 81, of Maroa died 7:20 p.m. Wednesday (March 3, 1999) in Decatur Memorial Hospital. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, with the Rev. David Not-trott officiating. ation will be 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Burial William Wikoff will be in Maroa Cemetery. Memorials: Maroa United Methodist Church. Wikoff was born in Maroa on March 27, 1917, to Orville and Edith Bricker Wikoff. He was an Air Force pilot during World War II and a member of Maroa United Methodist Church. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Agriculture. He was a retired farmer and member of the Macon County Farm Bureau. He married Mary Kelly in San Jose on July 26, 1947. Surviving are his wife; daughter and son-in-law, Luann and Kenneth Stemler of Maroa; granddaughters, Colleen Stemler of Rolla, Mo.; Nicole Stemler of Raleigh, N.C. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister. He will continue to be remembered, loved and deeply missed by all of bis family and friends. Central Illinois Fisher ROBINSON Frances Louise "Cookie" Fisher, 79, of Robinson died 9:30 a.m. Wednesday (March 3, 1999) in Good Samaritan Hospital, Vincennes, Ind., following several strokes. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday in First Presbyterian Church, Assumption, with the Rev. James Magnu-son officiating. ation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Frances Fisher in Seitz Funeral Home, Assumption. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Assumption. Memorials: Assumption Presbyterian Church General Fund, VFW, American Legion or Good Samaritan Hospital Dialysis Center, S. 7th St., Vincennes, IN 47591. Mrs. Fisher was born May 9, 1919, in Assumption, the daughter of Amos Franklin and Essie Ole-via Carroll Burgener. She was a school teacher for 26 years for Palestine High School, Villa Grove High School and Assumption High School. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Assumption, Retired Teachers Association, Highland Deborah Circle; Highland Quilters, both of Highland, Church of Christ, Quail Creek Country Club, Robinson, and Illinois Real Estate Brokers Association. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor of arts in 1941 and was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority of Eastern. She married Verl D. Fisher on April 12, 1943. Surviving are her husband; son, Randy Fisher of Decatur; daughters and son-in-laws, Peggy and Jerry Hudson of Robinson; Mary Jane and Gary Gabrielsen, Deer-field; sisters, Verian Sterns, Assumption; Marie Michael of Assumption; Delight Freeman, Urbana; sister-in-law, Darlene Burgener, Sebring, Fla.; grandchildren, Chad Hudson of Aspen, Colo.; Brad Hudson of Roanoke, Va.; Kevin and Brian Gabrielsen, both of Deerfield; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Russell, Carl and Robert Burgener and sister, Juanita Burgener. t I -t fife- PRICES GOOD Call with cancer. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in J.J. Moran & Son Funeral Home with visitation 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour before services Saturday. Burial Donald Beck will be in Hall Cemetery. Memorials: Donald Beck Memorial Fund or donor's choice. Beck was born in Bonne Terre, Mo., on Oct. 14, 1952, the son of Muril and Frances Drum Beck. He worked at Pittsburgh Plate Glass for 24 years and was an Army veteran. He married Sandra L. Moreton in 1988. Surviving are his wife; son, Daniel Beck of Lovington; stepsons, Michael Telfer of Decatur; Eric Telfer and wife Cody of Vienna; stepdaughter, Angela Baker of Decatur; parents of Blue Mound; brothers, Gary Beck and wife Cindy of Scranton, Pa.; Roger Beck and wife Shirley of Metropolis; Bill Beck and wife Pat of Taylorville; Curt Beck and wife Susan of El Cajon, Calif.; sisters, Janice Marshall and Barbara Beck, both of Blue Mound; grandson, Wesley Robertson Telfer of Decatur. Goodwin DECATUR John D. Goodwin, 81, of Decatur died 7:29 a.m. Thursday (March 4, 1999) in Decatur Memorial Hospital. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday in Trinity Lutheran Church with visitation 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Brintlinger's Funeral Home. Burial will be in St. John Goodwin John's Lutheran Cemetery, Decatur. Memorials: the Youth Group at Trinity Lutheran Church. Goodwin was born in Charleston, the son of Warren and Nettie Courtney Goodwin. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Prior to his retirement, he had worked in automotive maintenance at Caterpillar . He was a member of VFW Post 99, American Legion, Elks Lodge and Caterpillar Retirees Local 751. He married Mildred M. Danz on Dec. 23, 1945, in Delavan. Surviving are his wife; son, John Goodwin and wife Denise of Boody; granddaughters, Sara, Teri and Amanda, all of Boody; sister, Fern Runyon of Bettendorf , Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant son, infant twin daughters, five brothers and one sister. He was greatly loved and his thoughtfulness and kindness will be missed. He had three lovely granddaughters that he loved and cared for very much. Schirle DECATUR Shirley N. Schirle, 62, of Decatur died 8:30 a.m. Wednesday (March 3, 1999) in Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, Mo. Services will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Brintlinger's Funeral Home with visitation 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Graceland Shirley Schirle Memorials: Northwest Christian Church or Northwest Christian Campus. Mrs. Schirle was born in Wheeler, the daughter of Millard Bailey and Nedra Pickens Bailey. She was a member of Northwest Christian Church and president of the Northwest Christian Campus School Board. Prior to her retirement, she had worked as claims manager for Bennett and Shade. She married Kenneth O. Schirle on Feb. 7, 1959, in Decatur. Surviving are her husband; sons, John Schirle of Mount Auburn; Clark Schirle and wife Sue of Westmont; Steve Schirle and wife Barbara of Greenville, S.C.; mother, Nedra Garriott of Decatur; stepfather, Gordon Jackson of Decatur; father of Mount Pulaski; stepbrother, Steve Bailey; half brothers, Ronnie Bailey, Glen Bailey, Gary Bailey and Dennis Bailey, afl of Mount Pulaski; half sisters, Joanne Cravens of Springfield; Jeanne Treakle of Lincoln; three grandsons; one granddaughter. D! . ' '. '"'IT. " '" 1 '" ". k?r- 4 - ; appointment FREE check-un Harrison SAVOY Sarah L. Harrison, 38, Savoy, died Wednesday (March 3, 1999). Arrangements incomplete: Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Hohlbaugh FLORA Glenn L. Hohlbaugh, 76, Flora, died Tuesday (March 2, 1999). Services: 1 p.m. Monday, Sum-mers-Kistler Funeral Home, Flora. No visitation. Burial: Bunker Cemetery, rural Flora. Hurt SULLIVAN Willion Dean Hurt, 77, of Sullivan, formerly of Scottsville, Ky., died 12:30 p.m. Wednesday (March 3, 1999) in St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur. v Services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday in McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan, with visitation one hour before services. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery, Sullivan. Memorials: Moultrie County Chapter of the American Cancer Society. Mrs. Hurt was born Sept. 23, 1921, in Scottsville, Ky., the daughter of George Thomas and Ludie Pulliam Powell. She was a 56-years member of Cedar Cross Baptist Church in Scottsville. She married William Bradford Hurt on Jan. 10, 1944, in Glasgow, Ky. Surviving are her husband; daughter, Sara Maxedon of Decatur; grandson, Todd M. Maxedon and wife Jackie of Sullivan; great-grandson, Cody M. Maxedon. She was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers. Klein DIETERICH Cody Allen Klein, infant son of Douglas and Sheri Hord Klein of Dieterich, died 3:24 p.m. Wednesday (March 3, 1999) in St. John's Hospital, Springfield. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Wright Funeral Home, Dieterich, with Pastor Gary Fortkamp officiating. ation will be one hour before services. Burial will be in Dieterich Village Cemetery. Cody was born Jan. 27, 1999, in St. John's Hospital, Springfield. Surviving are his parents of Dieterich; grandparents, and Mrs. Delbert Husher of Westfield; and Mrs. Charles Klein of Effingham; Shirley Hord of Dieterich; great-grandparents, and Mrs. Martin Hord of Louisville; Marjorie Kollman of Altamont; Bernice Klein of Shumway; Ruth Husher of Kansas. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Leland Hord. Letner CHARLESTON Ronald R. Letner, 53, Charleston, died Thursday (March 4, 1999). Arrangements incomplete: Caudill-King Funeral Home, Charleston. McConnell TAYLORVILLE Wanda J. McConnell, 60, Taylorville, employee of Taylorville Prison, died Wednesday (March 3, 1999). Services: 10 a.m. Saturday, Shafer Funeral Home, Taylorville ation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial: Oakhill Cemetery, Taylorville. Owens RIS Robert Thomas Owens, 71, Indianapolis, Ind., formerly of Paris, retired from Paris Mfg. Co., died Thursday (March 4, 1999). Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sutton & Son Funeral Home, Paris. ation: 4 to 8 p.m. Monday. Burial: Edgar Cemetery, Paris. Paszalek CHARLESTON Bernice E. Paszalek, 85, Nashville, Tenn., formerly of Charleston, died Wednesday (March 3, 1999). Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Charleston. ation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Caudill-King Funeral Home, Charleston. Burial: Roselawn Cemetery, Charleston. cleaning hearing Tom Smith, Owner 252 W. Main Decatur, 1L 62523 217-422-6042 NO Application Fee Apply By Phone Bledsoe DECATUR Sally J. Bledsoe, 47, of Decatur died 7:03 a.m. Wednesday (March 3, 1999) at Manor Care Nursing Home. Services will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Brintlinger's Funeral Home with visitation 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Macon County -ft - i &., Bledsoe town. Memorials: Decatur Memorial Hospital Hospice or Decatur Memorial Hospital Foundation. Sally was born in Decatur on Dec. 27, 1951, the daughter of William E. and Betty J. Watters Allen. She had previously been employed at Decatur Memorial Hospital as Post Mastectomy Consultant in the Medical Equipment Department. Sally was active in the Komen Cancer Survival Support Group and Race for the Cure. She was a member of the Noon Women's Network. Surviving are her sons, Chad A. Bledsoe and Shane P. Bledsoe, both of Decatur; daughter, Kelly A. Beck and granddaughter, Taylor N. Beck, both of Decatur; father of Decatur; brother, Dan Allen of Decatur; Christopher Allen and wife Melody and their son, Brody of Decatur; uncles, 'Donald Allen, Richard Allen and Bob Watters, all of Florida; aunts, Betty Miller and Phyllis Allen, both of Michigan; Nancy Hill of Sullivian; Barbara Romano of Decatur. She was preceded in death by her mother. Sally will be greatly missed by her family, her aunts, uncles and her great circle of friends. She touched many hearts in her short life and was a definite inspiration to many breast cancer survivors with her positive attitude and appreciation of life. Davis DECATUR Irvin Philip Davis, 74, Decatur, owned Big D Country Market, died Saturday (Feb. 27, 1999). Funeral Mass: 11:15 a.m. Friday, St. Patrick Catholic Church. ation: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, J.J. Moran & Sons Funeral Home with 7 p.m. prayer service. Burial: 11 a.m. Monday, St. Catherine's Cemetery, Luverne, Minn. Memorials: St. Patrick Choir. 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There seems to be a lot a development going on around dual core ">A9 + FPGA SoCs from Xilinx or Altera these days, and Terasic has recently announced SoCKit, a development board based on Altera Cyclone V SX SoC with 2GB RAM (1GB for ARM cores, 1GB for FPGA), 110K logic elements, etc…
Here are the specifications listed on Terasic
The development kit comes with the board, a quick start guide, a 12V power adapter, an Ethernet Cat 5e cable, and two type A to type B USB cables.
The user manual and CD ROM are available for download on the company website, but you’ll find even more resources on RocketBoard such as hardware files (Schematics, BoM, …), and details about Linux, and “VIP” (Video IP) source code for the demo shown in the video below.
Terasic SoCKit development kit can be pre-ordered now for $249. The company also claims you can get one for free if you attend one of workshops ($99) organized by Arrow in Europe or North America. But none are scheduled now, so the promotion has probably ended. Free Electrons guys attended one of the workshops in France, and wrote about it. Workshops registrations are now open for several locations in Asia, and it’s free, but does not include a devkit.
You can find more information on Terasic SoCKit page.
Thanks to Victor (aka Galland).
A slowdown in new business growth has resulted in the lowest rate of expansion of the construction buyers index since last April.
The latest MarkitCIPS UK Construction PMI index dropped to 55 in January from 57.8 in December.
Survey respondents pointed to softer new business growth for acting as a brake on output growth and staff hiring at the start of 2016, though they remained highly upbeat overall about their prospects for growth over the next 12 months, with around 46 per cent expecting a rise in business activity and only 6 per cent anticipating a reduction.
Higher levels of output were recorded across all three broad areas of construction activity monitored by the survey. Commercial work remained the best performing category in January, but the latest upturn was still the slowest since June 2015. At the same time, house building activity expanded at the second weakest pace for just over two-and-a-half years. Civil engineering was again the weakest performing area of activity overall, despite rebounding slightly from December’s eight-month low.
Tim Moore, senior economist at Markit and author of the MarkitCIPS Construction PMI, said: “UK construction firms struggled for momentum at the start of this year, with heightened economic uncertainty acting as a brake on new orders and contributing to one of the weakest rises in output levels since the summer of 2013.
“Softer growth of house building activity and a more subdued increase in commercial construction were the main factors behind the slowdown.”
David Noble, group chief executive officer at the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, added: “The sector continued along a slow, relatively steady path this month with continuing growth but at a weaker rate than that seen in recent months and with some lack of clarity on its future destination.
“Struggling to keep up with the recovery of recent months, the new orders index was the lowest for four months and overall activity growth softened, bringing with it lower job hiring and more caution about the sustainability of the current economic climate hit by adverse global conditions.
“The housing sub-sector continued to disappoint and though still above the no change point, was at its second weakest level of growth since June 2013.
“Supply chains were weighed down by the pressures of a shortage of bricks and blocks as delivery times became longer in an attempt to fulfil recent orders from last year. Optimism was still high, however, as business expansion plans continued although at a slightly more muted pace.”