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Connecting Asia to Europe via rail [03/Apr/2014]

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 Full Article...

FedEx and UPS continue to seek Chinese domestic licenses [13/Mar/2014]

In spite of setbacks, and the Chinese government's favorable policies towards domestic delivery providers, FedEx and UPS continue to push for more licenses to operate in China. 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...

IPO to spur on JD.com in the race to build an effective distribution network in China [13/Feb/2014]

JD.com recently filed for a US listing for an IPO. Although the real details of the IPO, in terms of the price and quantity of shares, have not yet been disclosed, JD.com is looking to raise up to $1.5bn from the move, posing the question of how exactly the company intends to use the funds? Read Full Article...

Does the Chinese New Year still matter to the global supply chain? [30/Jan/2014]

January 31 marks the beginning of many celebrations across Asia as the Year of the Horse is ushered in. In previous years, a mad scramble occurred as demand for freight transport to and from Asia increased in the weeks leading up to this event. This led to rising rates and tight capacity particularly for air freight providers. However, as manufacturing shifts to other countries, is the Chinese New Year still relevant to the global supply chain? Yes, it is. Read Full Article...

'Re-shoring' may be happening but its size is hard to estimate [28/Jan/2014]

It’s rare that politicians talk about supply chain management. So the British Prime Minister’s speech at the World Economic forum on Friday concerning what he described as the “practice of offshoring where companies move production facilities to low cost countries” is a little unusual. Read Full Article...

Tencent invests in e-commerce logistics [16/Jan/2014]

The Chinese e-commerce market continues to be a whirlwind of activity. The latest appears to come from internet company, Tencent, creator of WeChat and QQ messaging services, which announced a $195m investment in China South City, amounting to a 9.9% stake with an option to raise its stake to 13% over the next two years. Read Full Article...

2014 – A year for transformational change [09/Jan/2014]

With the New Year now underway, what will it bring for the logistics industry? From an economic perspective, quite likely much what it brought in 2013 – a slow growing global economy, relocation of manufacturing closer to customers and emerging markets continuing to come into their own. Read Full Article...

Guangzhou-Hong Kong-Macao apply for free trade zone status [02/Jan/2014]

As manufacturing activity declines in China, the country’s government needs to find ways to stimulate growth. One way is to encourage domestic consumption; another is to provide incentives for foreign investment by way of free trade zones. Read Full Article...

Global Chemical Logistics 2013 [02/Jan/2014]

The chemical industry is undergoing huge change that is remaking the structure of the chemical sector and the logistics capabilities that support it. Read Full Article...

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