Wednesday, July 01, 2015
The container shipping industry has been highly unprofitable over the past five years, note analysts with McKinsey and Company. Making things worse, earnings for ocean carriers have been exceptionally volatile.
Despite the prevailing challenges, the less-than-truckload (LTL) market is seeing steady volume growth and solid profits. Our top sector analysts offer their take on this now vital mode as shippers work to obtain the capacity they need at a rate that works for both parties.
Advanced warehouse management systems (WMS) users are taking the next step and figuring out how to drive process efficiency improvements through their applications—rather than just focusing on keeping track of what’s been done. Here are seven different ways they’re making that happen.
A growing reliance on automated systems makes global supply chains more vulnerable to potential criminal and terrorist cyber attacks than ever before. Analysts contend that a new “collective awareness” is necessary to thwart these assaults before they even begin.
As e-commerce demands continue to drive up the need for faster pick speeds, voice technology is infiltrating the warehouse and DC, helping operations gain efficiencies, improve order accuracy, and get products into their customers’ hands faster than ever.
With the expansion of the canal scheduled for early 2016, many shippers are hoping that ocean cargo efficiency will be greatly enhanced. However, experts are of mixed minds on whether this will indeed be the panacea all industry stakeholders are seeking.
Key sanctions are unlikely to be fully removed until Congress lifts the U.S. embargo on Cuba – something unlikely to take place before 2018 when incumbent president Raúl Castro is expected to step down
Posted on 07/01 at 04:58 PM
The PMI, the ISM’s index to measure growth inched up 0.7 percent to 53.5 over May’s 52.8. This reading marks sequential growth for the third month in a row, which was preceded by five months of sequential declines.
Posted on 07/01 at 01:29 PM
If you’re looking for a good summer read to slip into your beach bag, look no further than the issue of Logistics Management
) that you’re currently holding—especially if you’re a fan of “feel-good” bestsellers.
Foreign direct investment has never been more important in catalyzing growth, whether in the developed or developing world. Although equity markets around the world have largely recovered since the financial crisis, global capital flows have contracted sharply.
Posted on 07/01 at 09:10 AM
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