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Goodbye to Warehouse Clubs?
23/Apr/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
Watch out Costco and Sam’s Club – Amazon
, Target and a growing number of startups are offering regularly scheduled subscription delivery services for consumer goods.... read more
Stifel Logistics Confidence Index - April 2014
22/Apr/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
Little change in overall Confidence Index despite gains in the present situation.... read more
China's economy slows in first quarter 2014
17/Apr/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
China’s economic situation for first quarter 2014 was one very different in years past, growing “only” 7.4%. Certainly an enviable rate by many other countries standards but for one that has experienced double-digit growth for several years this slow-down presents challenges.... read more
Staples look to 3-D printing to remain competitive
16/Apr/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
The office supply industry is faced with challenges from changing workplace behavior and competition from online players such as Amazon
. To remain competitive as well as to take advantage of the needs of the growing small-to-medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurs, new products and services are being introduced. One of which is 3-D printing services.... read more
Despite recent natural disasters, the Philippines remains a shining light for growth
10/Apr/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
A new report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) suggests that growth in Southeast Asia is expected to be minimal at best this year. However, the one shining light appears to be the Philippines, despite the horrific typhoon and earthquake that hit the country in 2013.... read more
Growing interest in South America Healthcare Logistics
09/Apr/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
Last week, UPS
announced plans to open two healthcare dedicated facilities in this region.Why the interest in South America? Changes in government regulations, an expanding middle class and its attractiveness as a location for clinical trials and the outsourcing of manufacturing are among the reasons for the interest. However the importance of South America's domestic markets should not be underestimated.... read more
Connecting Asia to Europe via rail
03/Apr/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
In an attempt to reduce time and cost of freight transport, the use of rail is getting a strong nod from China. This encouragement is mostly due to the growth of such interior cities as Chongqing and Chengdu. Chongqing, in particular is about 1,500 km from the closest main Chinese seaport. At the same time, other rail projects are emerging to link China, Central and Southeast Asia to Europe, the Middle East and beyond.... read more
Increasing US automobile exports leads to growth in logistics services
02/Apr/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
With increasing levels of investment US automobile production is the beneficiary of accelerating growth. To match the increases in production both automotive export and import levels are also rising; of course this growth is reflected by the automotive logistics industry.... read more
Supplier management - important to the high tech supply chain
27/Mar/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
In the race to develop mobile devices, Sony has identified better management of its supply chain as a means by which it can raise its competitiveness with Apple and Samsung. Indeed, flexible and responsive supply chains are important particularly as “speed to market” is key for success within the high-tech supply chain.... read more
e-commerce – more than just online retailing
26/Mar/2014 by Cathy Roberson.
Online retailing seems to get all the attention in today’s press but another online revolution is occurring and it’s in the business-to-business space. This rather quiet movement is going on in all industries but for the healthcare industry the potential could have an amazing impact for not only businesses but also for consumers.... read more
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