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ILWU and PMA come to an agreement on a new west coast contract but questions for the future remain [23/Feb/2015]

It looks like the finger pointing and verbal attacks may have subsided for the time being as word came over the weekend that the ILWU and PMA reached a tentative labour deal for US west coast ports. However questions remain about how similar problems will be dealt with better in the future. Read Full Article...

The rising costs of the west coast port situation [16/Feb/2015]

There is another “temporary” halt at the US west coast ports as both sides try to reach an agreement. As a result the disruption to US supply chains is only getting more acute and it is perhaps time to for US businesses to reassess the structure of their supply chains. Read Full Article...

Autonomous vehicles – The trucking dimension [11/Feb/2015]

There can be no more disruptive technology to the global road freight industry than ‘autonomous driving’ or to give it its more usual term ‘driverless vehicles’. Although in many people’s minds, this type of technology is little more than science fiction, the fact that technology giants such as Google have invested heavily in developing the concept shows that it is perhaps closer to realisation than people think. Read Full Article...

US west coast ports temporarily shut down over weekend [09/Feb/2015]

The problems at the US west coast ports appear to have become worse over the weekend. The organisation representing the terminal managers said that it would refuse to pay overtime to longshore men who were not working as agreed and thus, would suspend port terminal operations over Saturday and Sunday. Read Full Article...

UTi stands at a crossroads [05/Feb/2015]

UTi has always been a little unusual. Much of it was created through acquisition by a company with its background in South Africa and it has gone-on to grow businesses in South East Asia and the Middle East, as well as North America. Read Full Article...

UPS seeks to cope with high demand with home delivery surcharges [04/Feb/2015]

It is a little strange that UPS appears to be complaining about too much demand. It ought to be surfing a wave of internet-shopping driven parcel traffic however its latest quarterly results show that it is still struggling to cope with its good-fortune. Read Full Article...

Amazon's return to profit tells little about the success of logistics [02/Feb/2015]

There has been generalised relief at fourth quarter results from Amazon that saw the huge company reverse its losses of the previous half-year. Read Full Article...

A wake-up call to the express and small parcel industry [26/Jan/2015]

News broke last week of UPS pre-warning Q4 earnings sending shock waves along Wall Street. Perhaps this news, coming on the back of significant investment at UPS, will prompt investment in innovation for efficiency to optimize existing networks. Read Full Article...

e-commerce - changing how logistics is done [22/Jan/2015]

e-commerce is huge and with it, the logistics needed to keep it going. Estimated at over €140bn, e-commerce logistics is rapidly changing to try to keep pace with this quickly evolving market. Ti’s latest report, Global e-commerce Logistics 2015 provides an analysis of the trends and challenges facing the supply chain. Read Full Article...

‘Uber-ization’ could change the express sector for good [21/Jan/2015]

Over the last few months Uber has developed from its roots as an app based taxi network to a technological platform with application in the logistics industry and the potential to change the express sector beyond measure. Read Full Article...

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