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Mobile trends suggest changes in logistics requirements
30/Oct/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
Asia Pacific is leading the world in smartphone usage and the region’s preference for these devices over conventional desktop computers and laptops is bringing about change in Asian supply chains and how they are managed.... read more
Amazon net sales grow 20.4% while operating expenses grow 23.4%
27/Oct/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
builds out its network, and continues to grow, it is trying to reduce shipping and fulfilment costs to bring the company closer to profit. However, expenses continue to rise faster than sales and a focus on customer service is only raising costs further.... read more
UPS reports strong quarterly earnings but will investments pay off for Q4?
27/Oct/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
reports strong Q3 earnings with growth across all major segments and the company expects Q4 and the holiday season to bring in further growth. The extent of that growth is likely to be determined by how well UPS can react to the surge in demand and its fluctuations this year.... read more
Pharmaceutical cold chain needs on the rise in China
23/Oct/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
China’s domestic biopharmaceutical products market is on the rise and logistics providers are also expanding their capabilities to tap into this sector, offering more cold chain logistics services in the country.... read more
Air freight confidence continues to gain momentum
22/Oct/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
After a strong September, the October Stifel Logistics Confidence Index slipped 0.4 points to 58.9. Overall, compared to October 2013, the index is 3.8 points higher and optimism remains good despite declines noted in sea freight for this month. In fact, the overall index has remained above the 50-level for twenty one consecutive months. Although still rather bumpy, improving economic conditions are driving much of the optimism.... read more
Change afoot as new players enter the e-commerce market
20/Oct/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
The e-commerce space is still anyone’s game as evident from recent announcements from Google, Amazon
. What's more the logistics that is required for success in this market is also in a state of change.... read more
M&A interest continues in the US logistics market
13/Oct/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
US logistics and transport M&A activity continues to be of much interest and a market of continued growth. Investments are coming from within the US and abroad as investors seek to make the most of growth in the US. This has led to M&A activity across a range of sectors which looks set to continue.... read more
Increasing interest in the transatlantic trade lane
06/Oct/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
The Stifel Logistics Confidence Index shows that growth in transatlantic trade buoys confidence as optimism about the passage of the TTIP increases and economic prospects rise in the US and UK. Indeed shippers are increasing services on this lane, indentifying it as a lower risk investment than one in emerging markets.... read more
The importance of infrastructure
02/Oct/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
What happens when infrastructure projects are delayed and logistics and transport providers have to rely on subpar infrastructure to support their expanding networks? The result may look like something that the Philippines is experiencing now – port congestion, road congestion and frustrated shippers.... read more
Asia Pacific's influential impact on supply chains
30/Sep/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
Asia Pacific has shed its label as being known simply as a major export region and now offers a variety of opportunities for shippers and logistics providers alike.... read more
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