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When Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk revealed his plan to create subterranean tunnels for transportation, many logistics sightseers could not stand but agree that his journey to accomplishing the project will face many challenges. However, JD.com a China-based e-commerce market leader recently announced its plan on working on a similar underground passage for parcel delivery to clients.The announcement of the new logistics development was made public at JD.com’s 2018 Global Smart Supply Chain Summit held in Beijing. The company stated that it plans to create an independent logistics center that will be recognized as Urban Smart Logistics Institute and will be given the mandate to enhance plans for urban logistics hubs, top-notch styling for modern logistics systems and large data and cloud compiling forums for logistic purposes.

The center will be run and managed by a joint number of a reputable business and academic characters from Shangai Municipal Engineering Design Institute, Beijing Wuzi University, Beijing Jiaotong University, Nankai University, The Institute of Comprehensive Transportation at The National Development and Reform Commission, Sinotrans&CSC and the Shanghai Maritime University. The team should be able to accomplish quality standards on the final report with all the technical and human resource at hand.According to Jingdong, on their “to-do list” is a task required to determine if the underground logistics systems can utilize incorporated metropolitan pipe subways and subterranean paths.

The theory might sound scientifically and geographically impossible, but the JD.com company believes with enough allocation of resources and research, this might be the answer to satisfying urban models.Creating these underground tunnels will mean that the heavy freight vehicles that contribute to the immense traffic and environmental pollution in urban models will be eliminated. If Jingdong succeeds in creating an effective underground delivery system, the massive urban logistics operations will be more environmentally friendly as well as creating space for other transport systems left in the ground. With the eradication of at least half of the traffic, the new streets will enjoy an aesthetic feeling.China’s growing urbanization will benefit immensely from the project if it is actualized before the rest of the world jumps into the bandwagon.

 

If you are in need to grow your private credit, Gareth Henry is the man to approach. He is rich in experience in credit management. He has headed several prominent US-based investment firms including Angelo Gordon and Fortress Investments.

Gareth’s enthusiasm about the alternative asset industry has enabled him give a proactive approach in raising substantial funds for investors in the industry. There are a number of factors that have influenced strong growth in the recent past discussed here below.

In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, there have been several the regulatory changes for banks. Henceforth, banks have cut down on their lending to private companies, mostly in the middle market. Thus most of them have become very cautious when advancing loans, never to be caught unawares.

On the other hand, there have been increasing regulations regarding public company disclosure. This has been necessitated by the accounting scandals experienced in most public companies in the recent past. This has increased the amount of disclosure required of a public company.

Quarterly reporting requirements for public companies means that investors are ever on the management’s toes when they fall short of expected results. The quarterly reporting gives investors an angle from which they can hold the management of companies responsible in the short run for non-performance. Thus the management is under pressure to perform both in the short and long runs.

Gareth Henry has been very influential in seeing movements into private credit and striking equity deals among institutional investors. According to Gareth, there is a growing trend whereby large institutions are making individual company investment decisions.

His experience and education as an actuary has been influential in his understanding of the complex nature of private credit. Gareth Henry has built a very successful career in the alternative assets industry over the years. While working at the Fortress, as its head of international investor relations, he created and an incredible sales strategy which addressed the firm’s institutional and fixed product lines i.e hedge fund, credit, fixed income, and private equity.

Before joining Fortress, Gareth Henry had worked with Schroders, a money management company based in London as its Director of Strategic Relations. He has also worked at SEI Investments in Philadelphia and London as their investment manager and at Watson Wyatt as their analyst.Mr. Gareth Henry possesses a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Edinburg.