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7.8 magnitude earthquake deals Nepal a devastating blow
05/May/2015 by Cathy Roberson.

The crisis in Nepal is one of extreme logistical challenges, even for experts. How does one overcome a topography that is so mountainous when what little infrastructure there was has been destroyed by the devastating earthquake in this South Asian, landlocked country?... read more.

YRC Worldwide revenue down but yields improving
04/May/2015 by Cathy Roberson.

YRC Worldwide, the trucking company given up for good a few years ago, appears to be making a comeback. According to its CEO, James Welch, the company has moved through several phases and now is entering its profitability phase even though there is still much more to do.... read more.

Competition intensifies for the Australian Post
30/Apr/2015 by Cathy Roberson.

The Australian Post is getting set for even more competition for parcel delivery after Officeworks introduced its own parcel delivery service, Mailman.... read more.

XPO Logistics goes to Europe for its latest acquisition
29/Apr/2015 by Cathy Roberson.

XPO Logistics has made its biggest acquisition yet and as a result, made that much anticipated leap onto the global logistics stage. Yesterday the US-based company announced its intent to acquire French-based Norbert Dentressangle for $3.53bn.... read more.

UPS starts 2015 with double-digit operating profit growth
29/Apr/2015 by Cathy Roberson.

UPS’ first quarter earnings seem to have pleased investors as it reported a 1.4% increase in revenue to $14.0bn and an 11% gain in operating profit of $1.7bn. This in turn resulted in a 14.0% increase in EPS for the quarter.... read more.

Amazon and Ebay – showing their age?
27/Apr/2015 by Cathy Roberson.

Among the pioneers of the dot com revolution, Amazon and Ebay have innovated and expanded to keep up with the ever changing global environment. But has it been enough? Are these two e-commerce titans able to take on the growing number of start-ups as well as the omni-channel strategy adopted by brick and mortars?... read more.

New Chinese FTZs introduced to help spur growth
23/Apr/2015 by Cathy Roberson.

The first quarter of 2015 witnessed China’s economy growing at its slowest pace in 6 years at an annual 7.0%. In 2013 the Chinese government took the initiative to create of the country’s first free trade zone in Shanghai to boost growth, its example has led to calls for further zones.... read more.

As Q2 begins the SLCI suggests a hint of hesitancy is growing
21/Apr/2015 by Cathy Roberson.

Slipping 1.0 point to 56.3, the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index has noted a bit of hesitancy in the European freight forwarding market for the month of April. Both air and sea sub-indices recorded declines for the month as a strengthening US dollar and sluggish Asia contributed to the slip.... read more.

Cuba - Potentially a major transhipment hub of the Caribbean
20/Apr/2015 by Cathy Roberson.

As Cuba-US relations begin to thaw there’s anticipation of the eventual lifting of the 54 year old trade embargo. The possibilities are great and could position Cuba as a major transhipment hub. But, an emphasis on infrastructure improvements will be necessary to even consider this possibility.... read more.

Alibaba takes on China's healthcare supply chain
16/Apr/2015 by Cathy Roberson.

Alibaba is moving its online pharmacy business into its Alibaba Health Information Technology group. The $2.5bn deal gives it exclusive rights to operate an online pharmacy on Tmall, creating a healthcare ecosystem.... read more.

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