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China's economy slows in first quarter 2014 [17/Apr/2014]

China’s economic situation for first quarter 2014 was one very different in years past, growing “only” 7.4%. Certainly an enviable rate by many other countries standards but for one that has experienced double-digit growth for several years this slow-down presents challenges. Read Full Article...

Staples look to 3-D printing to remain competitive [16/Apr/2014]

The office supply industry is faced with challenges from changing workplace behavior and competition from online players such as Amazon. To remain competitive as well as to take advantage of the needs of the growing small-to-medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurs, new products and services are being introduced. One of which is 3-D printing services. Read Full Article...

Interview with the author: Supply Chain Risk: Understanding Emerging Threats to Supply Chains [10/Apr/2014]

To mark Global Logistics Day and the publication of the new book, Supply Chain Risk, Logistics Briefing undertook an interview with its author, John Manners-Bell to find out more about threats to the logistics industry. Read Full Article...

Logistics in the Middle East – Domestic demand creates logistics momentum [27/Mar/2014]

Whether as an international transit hub or as a consumer market, the Middle East is a region which cannot be ignored by global manufacturers, retailers or logistics companies. It is certainly true that the levels of opportunity are somewhat tempered by geo-political risks, not least the role of Iran and the potential contagion of Syria’s instability. Even Qatar’s relations with fellow GCC countries have recently deteriorated. However the major economies such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE have vast wealth, good security, increasingly robust transport infrastructure and a desire to develop their economies to Western standards. The implications of this for the logistics industry, both global and domestic, should not be underestimated. 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...

From war-torn to oil-rich: Middle East and North Africa is a region of logistics contradictions [18/Mar/2014]

It is all too obvious to state that Middle East and North Africa is one of the most difficult regions to assess in terms of logistics investment and services. Huge differences exist between rapidly growing markets serving a global customer base on the one-hand and countries torn apart by war on the other. Ti’s latest report, Middle East and North Africa Transport and Logistics, offers detailed analysis of this region and the countries with often conflicting economies within it. Read Full Article...

Changes in the midst for India's e-commerce logistics market [27/Feb/2014]

Despite infrastructure and government hurdles, interest in e-commerce remains high in India and, because of the economic slowdown in the country; India is eyeing foreign investments to stimulate growth. The government is therefore reconsidering its ban on foreign investments in the country’s e-commerce sector and has invited feedback from the industry before making a decision. 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...

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...

US retailers expand into Canada [12/Feb/2014]

The battle for a piece of the Canadian retail market is underway as US retailers expand north. KPMG estimates that the 2012 Canadian retail market was valued at $468bn. Not bad but considerably smaller than the US market. What’s the attraction to this country? Read Full Article...

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