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Getting it right in time for the 2014 holiday season
13/Sep/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
Still smarting from last holiday seasons’ mishaps, UPS
vowed to make things right this year. Indeed, the company noted plans to spend $175m for such improvements and increase capacity by 10% over 2013. Already it has announced plans to open two package distribution facilities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well as install “state of the art” package sorting technology.... read more
Top Asian supply chains embrace sustainable practices
10/Sep/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
By 2016, Emerging Asia is expected to account for 25% of the global consumer product market and will generate 38% of total consumer product growth. Along with this growth comes a growing awareness of the importance of sustainability and we are beginning to see some adaptations to supply chains to meet this.... read more
Apple to introduce new products this week – But does it matter?
08/Sep/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
Apple is preparing to introduce new products to the market this week. Questions abound about whether the company will introduce a greater range of lower cost models to appeal to vital new customers in emerging markets. If it does it will require a retooling of its not inconsiderable supply chain.... read more
Burgeoning Chinese healthcare industry opens further to logistics providers
04/Sep/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
Bain & Company estimates that by 2020, China’s healthcare industry is likely to be valued at $900bn. It is a huge market and one that is slowly opening up to foreign investments and presenting opportunities for the logistics market.... read more
The 'New Asia' brings new and expanding opportunities
03/Sep/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
The 'New Asia' is now upon us. But what does this really mean? For shippers and logistics providers it means opportunity and it’s not just China that offers these opportunities – South East Asia, the Philippines and Myanmar all offer some unique growth prospects.... read more
How will the Shanghai FTZ benefit e-commerce?
28/Aug/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
Almost one year since China’s first FTZ in Shanghai was introduced Amazon
is moving in. The arrival of the US e-commerce giant will certainly benefit Chinese customers as competition between it and the incumbent giant Alibaba heats up. Whether it will benefit e-commerce in China will be decided by how well Amazon can integrate its international and Chinese networks.... read more
Stifel Logistics Confidence Index indicates possible air freight slow down
27/Aug/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
Uncertainty in the global market continues with the latest Stifel Logistics Confidence Index indicating a dip of 0.4 points in the overall measurement to 55.7. While the present situation remained positive, gaining 1.2 points from July to 53.5, the expected situation for the next six months stumbled 2.0 points to 57.9.... read more
A growing dichotomy among US trucking providers
25/Aug/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
The trucking environment is indeed difficult and a dichotomy among the large trucking providers is developing. Take for example YRC Worldwide
and Old Dominion
. YRC Worldwide, beset with financial troubles, struggling to regain traction while Old Dominion continues to put up double-digit growth rates.... read more
Improving conditions for Li & Fung
21/Aug/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
Half year 2014 results indicate good news for Li & Fung
and perhaps for retail sales in general.... read more
Who's responsible for the package contents?
18/Aug/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
In what is proving to be the makings of an interesting court case, FedEx
finds itself the focal point of an US Justice Department probe into the privacy of consumers, the US healthcare system and the role of e-commerce and the responsibility of the small parcel provider.... read more
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