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Japan's 24-hour rule goes into effect
06/Mar/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
Beginning this month, Japan’s 24 hour Advanced Manifest Regulation goes into effect. All ocean carriers and Non Vessel Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs) will now be required to submit a list of customs-defined data elements to Japan Customs at least 24 hours prior to vessel departure from the port of loading.... read more
Mixed freight forwarding results while uncertainty surrounds Uti Worldwide
05/Mar/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
Questions continue concerning the health of the freight forwarding market. Is it on the mend or does the ‘lackluster’ global economy still have detrimental plans for the market? As mixed earnings results begin to filter through the evidence suggest that we may be no closer to an answer.... read more
Changes in the midst for India's e-commerce logistics market
27/Feb/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
Despite infrastructure and government hurdles, interest in e-commerce remains high in India and, because of the economic slowdown in the country; India is eyeing foreign investments to stimulate growth. The government is therefore reconsidering its ban on foreign investments in the country’s e-commerce sector and has invited feedback from the industry before making a decision.... read more
Coca-Cola looks to its supply chain for cost savings
26/Feb/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
One of the most recognized brands around the world, Coca-Cola is feeling a bit of a pinch as consumers’ preference shifts to non-carbonated beverages. In its efforts to maintain levels of profitability the company is seeking to achieve a $1bn saving through supply chain optimization and IT standardization.... read more
Growing domestic market ignites investments in Indonesia
20/Feb/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
Investments in Indonesia and logistics providers are expanding into the country to take advantage of this potential growth market.... read more
Mexico tries to open its rail industry to competition
19/Feb/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
Once again, the Mexican government is ruffling feathers as it tries to modernize and open industries to competition and investment. This time, however, the government has not only drawn the ire of its large rail operator, Grupo Mexico which manages Ferromex (25% owned by US-based Union Pacific
) and Ferrosur railroads, but also US-based Kansas City Southern
Railway.... read more
Signs of a possible slowdown - how long will it last?
18/Feb/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
Although the economic outlook for 2014 is expected to be bright, it is starting off slow as the overall Stifel Logistics Confidence Index slipped 0.6 points to 56.0, the second consecutive monthly decline. The decline was mainly due to the present situation falling 1.4 points to 50.4 while the expected situation increased only 0.1 points to 61.6.... read more
The end of Australian automobile manufacturing
13/Feb/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
The year 2017 will see the end to the Australian automobile manufacturing industry. In early 2013, Ford announced plans to exit the country and in December 2013, GM/Holden followed suit leaving Toyota to ponder its future in Australia. As expected though, Toyota announced last week that it too would end manufacturing in Australia in 2017.... read more
US retailers expand into Canada
12/Feb/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
The battle for a piece of the Canadian retail market is underway as US retailers expand north. KPMG estimates that the 2012 Canadian retail market was valued at $468bn. Not bad but considerably smaller than the US market. What’s the attraction to this country?... read more
Do you know where your meat comes from?
05/Feb/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
The introduction of US Federal legislation on the labelling of meat products is likely to please consumers, but the implications have caused a rift between the US and its major trading partners that could push up prices.... read more
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