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Alibaba and Brazil’s Correios form closer e-commerce ties
28/Jul/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
Alibaba and Brazil’s state postal service company, Correios, have formed a partnership to boost bilateral trade between the two countries and take advantage of growth in the Brazilian e-commerce market, which could reach 11.7% this year.... read more
Second half of 2014 begins on a positive note for the Logistics Confidence Index
23/Jul/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
The Stifel Logistics Confidence Index for July appears to mirror an uncertain economic environment. Since February of this year, the overall Index has increased one month and then declined the next reaching its high so far this year in May at 57.9. For the current month, the index is up 0.9 points over June to 56.1.... read more
Werner’s Chinese investment may prove beneficial at home
21/Jul/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
US trucking seeks out further opportunities in China as Werner Enterprises
invests in China’s Hercules Logistics in a move that may bring growth at home.... read more
Profound changes underway in the US contract logistics market
14/Jul/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
In today’s changing retail environment, it’s all about providing the best customer service which includes offering options for the customer. These options have resulted in profound changes in contract logistics, changes explored in Ti's latest report.... read more
Contract logistics to motor on with Chinese car manufacturing
10/Jul/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
China’s automobile market is an example of an industry in which the need for advanced logistics services is creating more and more opportunities for contract logistics providers. Ti's latest report suggests that similar opportunites will continue to grow in the short to medium term.... read more
Still waiting for a West Coast ports labor agreement
07/Jul/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
Negotiations continue towards a new coast-wide contract between The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association and each has pledged no disruptions. However, shippers remember all too well the 2002 port strike that lasted two weeks and ended only when the President of the United States invoked the Taft-Hartley Act.... read more
The Silk Road Economic Belt
03/Jul/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
With rail freight routes delving ever further into western China and rail links being formed between China and Europe the ancient concept of the Silk Road has been brought back to the fore. Such a development could well herald a change in international trade patterns.... read more
Could private partnership be the answer to the USPS woes?
30/Jun/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
Financial woes continue for the US Post Office (USPS
) as costs climb and the US government refuses to do what is needed to turn the beleaguered independent government agency around. For twenty of the past twenty-two financial quarters a loss has been recorded with the most recent for the period ending March 31 being $1.9bn.... read more
Asia ports indicate good monthly and year-to-date growth
26/Jun/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
For the month of May, Asian ports, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and Busan, noted good monthly year-over-year increases. Hong Kong noted the largest increase with 4.5% followed by Singapore with 4.1%, Busan 2.8% and Shanghai 2.4%.... read more
2013 – a “complicated year”
23/Jun/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
The much anticipated CSCMP’s annual State of the Logistics described 2013 as not a “stellar year” for the US economy. But, it was a complex one as freight did not always mirror the economy throughout the year.... read more
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