Innovations and Computer-based Support: Illustrated by Five Cases

Peter Lorange*
Zurich Institute of Business Education, Zurich, Switzerland

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This article discusses four alternative transportation links between China and Europe – the classical sea route through the Suez Canal, the N.S.E. (Artic) train passage through Russia, and ship and train via Genova – in terms of transportation costs, time spent, and reliability.


It is concluded that the classical sea-route via Suez is likely to remain the preferred one for most shippers for a long time, when it comes to its relatively low cost, as well as increasingly improved time feature.

Keywords: Transportation, China-Europe trade, Blockchain analysis, Cloud computing, Suez Canal, Genova.