International Logistics

Global logistics represents the process involved in getting a product from the factory floor to the store shelf, and everything in between. It includes the global sourcing of the product — where it’s manufactured — its transportation, the industrial real estate sites and warehouses that hold it prior to delivery, the logistics management software and other technology used throughout the supply chain and the third-party logistics providers who manage the process from beginning to end.

News & Analysis

10 Jul 2014
A shortcut to a major intermodal complex in the Chicago area should be accessible to truckers until at least the autumn of 2015 now that a trial concerning a repealed ban isn’t expected until then.
Earlier this year UPS the official opening of a $200 million expansion of its European air hub facilities at Cologne/Bonn Airport in Germany.
02 Jul 2014
UPS will invest about $1 billion of its $2.5 billion budget for capital expansion over the next three to five years in the European market, new comments from the company’s CFO confirm.
01 Jul 2014
The U.S. Postal Service wants to change Priority Mail pricing so that overall rates rise slightly, starting in September, but shippers of lightweight packages get a break, a move aimed to capture growing e-commerce business.
01 Jul 2014
Forwarders and non-vessel-operating common carriers will learn by the end of the year just how far the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission has mitigated many of their concerns with a proposed overhaul of ocean transportation intermediary rules.
01 Jul 2014
Rising traffic through Transnet-operated South African ports increased revenue by over 14 percent this year.
30 Jun 2014
The Chinese government has identified logistics as one of the pillar industries to support economic growth, and the phenomenal development in this area can be seen in the annual report of Global Logistics Properties, the mainland’s market leader.
Question mark with Chinese flag elements within it
29 Jun 2014
Forwarders shipping goods via Shanghai are trying to decipher China Customs’ 24-Hour Advance Manifest (CCAM) regulations that either were implemented on June 3, will be implemented on June 28 or July 1, or will be strictly enforced from October 1, depending on the source.
27 Jun 2014
Waterloo, Ontario-based Descartes Systems Group announced the pricing of its public shares this week as sales start to bring the global logistics technology provider to the U.S. and Canadian stock exchanges.
intermodal rail
27 Jun 2014
U.S. commodity exporters are enjoying another year of especially low freight rates, but these benefits are often negated by carriers’ sloppy processing of documentation, longer transit times and inland transportation costs from the nation’s interior.
26 Jun 2014
The lifting of sanctions against Myanmar two years ago came at a time when garment makers in China were struggling with fast-rising labor costs and looking around Asia for alternative sourcing options.
Augmented reality
26 Jun 2014
Driverless trucks and completely automated warehousing systems may seem like futuristic gimmicks, but some technological advances could have a big impact on the shipping industry’s efficiency and reliability in the coming years, and they don’t involve robots and flying cars.

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Commentary

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