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Increasing US automobile exports leads to growth in logistics services [02/Apr/2014]

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 Full Article...

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index - March 2014 [20/Mar/2014]

The present situation was mixed as sea remained above the neutral 50 mark while air slipped below this level. However the growth in expectations for both air and sea were enough to result in an increase in this month’s Logistics Confidence Index. Read Full Article...

Lufthansa describes a terrible year but FedEx implies a recovery [20/Mar/2014]

Lufthansa’s latest numbers show that the past twelve months have been rather miserable for air cargo, which can be no surprise, whilst the results of FedEx over the latest quarter hint that things might be getting better. Read Full Article...

Is Georgia part of your supply chain? [19/Mar/2014]

It just may be that the US state of Georgia is part of your supply chain and you may not even be aware of it – and that’s ok with the state’s economic development department. Logistics is a strategic focus and not just within the confines of the state’s boundaries but on the global stage. Read Full Article...

Can Amazon successfully harness visibility to compete against the integrators? [12/Mar/2014]

Visibility is among today’s logistics buzz words and it has become standard industry practice to offer track and trace services to its customers. Previously, the end-to-end data produced by these processes had been an advantage solely for the large integrators. However, new software has now been developed that will enable asset light companies to gather the same data and thus, to compete with the integrators in the field of visibility. Read Full Article...

IATA reports a strong January but nearshoring prevents an air freight boom [06/Mar/2014]

IATA has published its analysis of the global air freight market, the results within suggest a market in recovery, one that is matching manufacturing levels; a sector to which it is inextricably bound. However, historical precedent would suggest that we should expect a far stronger recovery at roughly double the rate of growth in manufacturing. The difference between this recovery, and those before it, is the trend for nearshoring, which is reducing demand for global air freight in spite of increasing levels of manufacturing. Read Full Article...

Mixed freight forwarding results while uncertainty surrounds Uti Worldwide [05/Mar/2014]

Questions continue concerning the health of the freight forwarding market. Is it on the mend or does the ‘lackluster’ global economy still have detrimental plans for the market? As mixed earnings results begin to filter through the evidence suggest that we may be no closer to an answer. Read Full Article...

Coca-Cola looks to its supply chain for cost savings [26/Feb/2014]

One of the most recognized brands around the world, Coca-Cola is feeling a bit of a pinch as consumers’ preference shifts to non-carbonated beverages. In its efforts to maintain levels of profitability the company is seeking to achieve a $1bn saving through supply chain optimization and IT standardization. Read Full Article...

Mexico tries to open its rail industry to competition [19/Feb/2014]

Once again, the Mexican government is ruffling feathers as it tries to modernize and open industries to competition and investment. This time, however, the government has not only drawn the ire of its large rail operator, Grupo Mexico which manages Ferromex (25% owned by US-based Union Pacific) and Ferrosur railroads, but also US-based Kansas City Southern Railway. Read Full Article...

Signs of a possible slowdown - how long will it last? [18/Feb/2014]

Although the economic outlook for 2014 is expected to be bright, it is starting off slow as the overall Stifel Logistics Confidence Index slipped 0.6 points to 56.0, the second consecutive monthly decline. The decline was mainly due to the present situation falling 1.4 points to 50.4 while the expected situation increased only 0.1 points to 61.6. Read Full Article...

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