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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...

Alibaba adds China Shipping to its e-commerce mix [17/Jul/2014]

China Shipping has entered into a cooperation agreement with Alibaba to establish a global e-commerce integrated logistics platform to enhance its international e-commerce operation. However, questions remain over whether or not this will make Alibaba's logistics solution truly competitive. Read Full Article...

K+N sees underlying forwarding profits grow but not as fast as volumes [16/Jul/2014]

The increase in sea and air freight volumes across the freight forwarding businesses of Kuehne and Nagel over the past quarter ought to be a sign of a healthy market. Read Full Article...

Rebellion and war threatens the success of the Gulf logistics economy [08/Jul/2014]

The war in Syria and Iraq is devastating logistics in the north of the Middle-East. It is not just the truck routes between Turkey and the Gulf that have been affected. Read Full Article...

Still waiting for a West Coast ports labor agreement [07/Jul/2014]

Negotiations continue towards a new coast-wide contract between The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association and each has pledged no disruptions. However, shippers remember all too well the 2002 port strike that lasted two weeks and ended only when the President of the United States invoked the Taft-Hartley Act. Read Full Article...

Asia ports indicate good monthly and year-to-date growth [26/Jun/2014]

For the month of May, Asian ports, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and Busan, noted good monthly year-over-year increases. Hong Kong noted the largest increase with 4.5% followed by Singapore with 4.1%, Busan 2.8% and Shanghai 2.4%. 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...

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...

2013 – a “complicated year” [23/Jun/2014]

The much anticipated CSCMP’s annual State of the Logistics described 2013 as not a “stellar year” for the US economy. But, it was a complex one as freight did not always mirror the economy throughout the year. 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...

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