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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
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
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