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Second half of 2014 begins on a positive note for the Logistics Confidence Index [23/Jul/2014]

The Stifel Logistics Confidence Index for July appears to mirror an uncertain economic environment. Since February of this year, the overall Index has increased one month and then declined the next reaching its high so far this year in May at 57.9. For the current month, the index is up 0.9 points over June to 56.1. Read Full Article...

Werner’s Chinese investment may prove beneficial at home [21/Jul/2014]

US trucking seeks out further opportunities in China as Werner Enterprises invests in China’s Hercules Logistics in a move that may bring growth at home. Read Full Article...

Profound changes underway in the US contract logistics market [14/Jul/2014]

In today’s changing retail environment, it’s all about providing the best customer service which includes offering options for the customer. These options have resulted in profound changes in contract logistics, changes explored in Ti's latest report. Read Full Article...

Still waiting for a West Coast ports labor agreement [07/Jul/2014]

Negotiations continue towards a new coast-wide contract between The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association and each has pledged no disruptions. However, shippers remember all too well the 2002 port strike that lasted two weeks and ended only when the President of the United States invoked the Taft-Hartley Act. Read Full Article...

Could private partnership be the answer to the USPS woes? [30/Jun/2014]

Financial woes continue for the US Post Office (USPS) as costs climb and the US government refuses to do what is needed to turn the beleaguered independent government agency around. For twenty of the past twenty-two financial quarters a loss has been recorded with the most recent for the period ending March 31 being $1.9bn. Read Full Article...

Which logistics companies will be best equipped to move forward in 2014? [26/Jun/2014]

A new report published by TI reviews the performance of twenty of the world’s largest logistics providers shows that only three of these providers grew their total logistics revenue in 2013, and all of them did so at the expense of declining operating profit margins. Read Full Article...

Where next for UPS under its new CEO? [25/Jun/2014]

The UPS that new CEO Dave Abney inherits has few if any financial problems to deal with, yet he is faced with some subtle but important strategic decisions. Read Full Article...

Signs of weakness within the freight forwarding market [23/Jun/2014]

A lack of certainty exists within the freight forwarding market as momentum fails to take hold. In the latest findings, the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index slipped 2.7 points to 55.2. While still above the important 50-level, too many questions remain unanswered – Will a strike be averted at the US West Coast ports, what will happen within the sea freight market now that P3 alliance has collapsed? Is economic growth really slowing? Read Full Article...

2013 – a “complicated year” [23/Jun/2014]

The much anticipated CSCMP’s annual State of the Logistics described 2013 as not a “stellar year” for the US economy. But, it was a complex one as freight did not always mirror the economy throughout the year. Read Full Article...

Cost management and e-commerce result in good fourth quarter for FedEx [19/Jun/2014]

The latest earnings from FedEx depict rising revenue, improving operating income and increasing volumes. It appears that there are improving economic signs, particularly as weather improvements in the US domestic market from January and February brought forth the need to clear shipper backlogs. Although, perhaps even more so, the company is benefitting mostly from rate increases and its reorganisation and cost management programmes. Read Full Article...

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