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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...

European road freight rates: the cost to supply economic growth [22/Jul/2014]

European road freight rates provide us with an indicator of wider economic prosperity. The fortunes of those operating in the European road freight industry are intertwined with economic growth and, in particular, the success, or lack thereof, of the region’s retailers and manufacturers. Read Full Article...

Competition in e-retailing makes life tougher for Royal Mail [22/Jul/2014]

Perhaps it is too much of a stretch to connect the tougher competition that the Royal Mail is facing with the prospect of heavy investment by UPS in Europe, but it is still tempting. Read Full Article...

The Silk Road Economic Belt [03/Jul/2014]

With rail freight routes delving ever further into western China and rail links being formed between China and Europe the ancient concept of the Silk Road has been brought back to the fore. Such a development could well herald a change in international trade patterns. 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...

ASOS warehouse disaster reveals hidden costs of supply chain risk [25/Jun/2014]

The fire which occurred on Friday 20 June 2014 at the global distribution centre of online retailer, ASOS, highlights many of the risks to which modern supply chains are exposed, according to Ti’s CEO John Manners-Bell. 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...

China rejects P3 Alliance [18/Jun/2014]

The rejection of the ‘P3 alliance’ between Maersk Line, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Line and CMA CGM, can hardly be a surprise. A combination of the three largest carriers accounting for a third of the capacity of the market always appeared to have the potential for reducing competition. Read Full Article...

Supply Chain Risk book launched at Dubai industry leader gathering [10/Jun/2014]

Doing an increased level of business in emerging markets has made supply chains more vulnerable than ever, says author John Manners-Bell at the launch of his latest book in Dubai. Read Full Article...

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