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Little change for November's Stifel Logistics Confidence Index [26/Nov/2014]

There was little month-to-month change as the November Stifel Logistics Confidence Index increased only 0.1 points to 59.0, however developing patterns suggest an economic slowdown may be emerging. Read Full Article...

Asian logistics set to gain as the Bali Trade Agreement gets back on track [20/Nov/2014]

The Asian logistics sector is in a strong position to gain from the Bali Trade Facilitation Agreement as India accepts a deal, brokered by Barack Obama, to ratify the WTO agreement, so long as the organization doesn’t challenge its farming subsidies. Read Full Article...

Logistics to grow with Asia's taste for alcohol [20/Nov/2014]

Asia’s burgeoning middle class are changing consumer and dietary tastes across the continent in many different ways. The international trade and local distribution of alcoholic beverages is just one area which will become a key growth market for logistics providers as tastes develop. Read Full Article...

A happy holiday season for air freight forwarders? [17/Nov/2014]

Persistent problems at US west coast ports ahead of the holiday season are creating a worrisome situation for retailers who fear their supplies will be cut off, forcing them to seek alternatives to sea freight. This presents a potential boon for air freight forwarders as volumes move into their market. Read Full Article...

Port congestion is not confined just to the US west coast [13/Nov/2014]

With fears of a union shutdown of US west coast ports intensifying it is easy to forget that supply chain managers on the transpacific trades are also beset by port congestion issues in Asia. Read Full Article...

It's time for a national freight policy [10/Nov/2014]

On average, the US moves more than 17bn tons or over $20 trillion worth of goods each year. But it is becoming increasingly clear that the US’s infrastructure is straining more and more under this tonnage, throwing the need for a national freight policy into sharp relief. Read Full Article...

Global connectedness is on the rise again - but will it rekindle the fire of globalization? [05/Nov/2014]

DHL's Global Connectedness Index shows that levels of global connectedness have begun to deepen again but that they have still not reached their pre-crisis peak. The evidence suggests that in the future connectedness will continue increasing, though interconnectedness on a regional level is likely to become dominant. Read Full Article...

Congestion at US ports is driving a freight crunch [03/Nov/2014]

A crunch at some ports is having a ripple effect throughout the US supply chain network. Starting at the ports and moving inland, this crunch is coming at a time that is particularly worrisome to retail shippers as the holiday season fast approaches. Read Full Article...

Mobile trends suggest changes in logistics requirements [30/Oct/2014]

Asia Pacific is leading the world in smartphone usage and the region’s preference for these devices over conventional desktop computers and laptops is bringing about change in Asian supply chains and how they are managed. Read Full Article...

Air freight confidence continues to gain momentum [22/Oct/2014]

After a strong September, the October Stifel Logistics Confidence Index slipped 0.4 points to 58.9. Overall, compared to October 2013, the index is 3.8 points higher and optimism remains good despite declines noted in sea freight for this month. In fact, the overall index has remained above the 50-level for twenty one consecutive months. Although still rather bumpy, improving economic conditions are driving much of the optimism. Read Full Article...

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