International Logistics

At its worst, the months of congestion and gridlock at West Coast ports left beneficial cargo owners nearly blind in trying to pinpoint where their shipments were in the supply chain. Unlike the visibility it has given industry stakeholders under normal conditions, technology couldn’t even save the day. The sophisticated electronic tools shippers use to manage and track their cargoes just didn’t work as advertised.

CargoSphere's Neil Barni at TPM 2015.
At TPM 2015, MIT’s Dr. Chris Caplice gave a TED-style talk on the future of transportation and touched on the basic human needs of collaboration and individuality. Neil Barni, president, CargoSphere, discusses the reasoning behind their sponsorship of this session and the paradigm change needed in contract management.

Panalpina’s earnings jumped 10 percent in the first quarter as a market-beating increase in ocean container volumes more than offset sluggish growth in air freight.

An enormous amount of money, energy and time is being spent by retailers and consumer goods manufacturers on improving their omni-channel sales capabilities, but only 16 percent are finding profitability in this fast developing e-commerce sector, a JDA Software study has revealed.

Third-party logistics provider C.H. Robinson Worldwide has opened the doors at two new global forwarding offices: one in Ho Chi Minh City and another in Antwerp.

Kerry Logistics has formed a strategic partnership with China’s state-owned rail operator as it begins to tap into Beijing’s One Belt One Road national trade strategy that was announced in March.

China’s west, central and northeast regions are witnessing the country’s fastest growth in logistics space as supply chains develop in response to the continued shift in manufacturing activity inland from the coast and the growth of lower-tier retail markets, according to real estate management firm JLL.

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The world’s 50 largest logistics companies generated nearly $248 billion in revenue last year, up nearly 5 percent from 2013’s $237.4 billion, according to Pittsburgh-based research and consulting firm SJ Consulting Group.

The rising cost of China labor is the most common reason producers of lower value goods give for shifting part of their production from the mainland to Southeast Asian countries, and a look at wage trends in the mainland reveals the extent to which the payroll has risen.