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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
Don’t forget the returns
29/Sep/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
With the 2014 holiday season approaching the need to develop more efficient delivery networks is becoming increasingly pressing. Equally a sophisticated mechanism for returns is vital if the holiday season is to go off without a hitch, a realization which has led more and more companies to develop new returns systems.... read more
Start-up looks to disrupt the same-day delivery market
22/Sep/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
In the US a number of business start ups have been trying to break into the express delivery market with new operational models. They seek to disrupt the existing market in order to make space for their own operations.... read more
FedEx starts the new fiscal year on a strong note
18/Sep/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
began its fiscal year on a strong note with revenue for the first quarter August 30, up 6% to $11.7bn and recorded revenue, profit and volume gains in all divisions.... read more
Africa's growing trade preference with Asia
18/Sep/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
South-South trade is on the rise. According to UNCTAD, total developing economies' exports now account for 45% of the world total, a trend which is most evident between Asia and Africa as emerging markets continue to play a larger role in global trade.... read more
Big gains in Index indicate strong finish for 2014
17/Sep/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
The Stifel Logistics Confidence Index increased at its fastest pace in September, climbing 3.5 points from August to 59.2. Both the present and expected situations noted healthy gains increasing 3.2 and 3.9 points to 56.7 and 61.8 respectively.... read more
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
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