NOL to sell off APL Logistics Business Unit?


I have been reading many reports in the media regarding the news that Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) is planning to sell its logistics business unit – APL Logistics – in order to improve its performance. However, NOL issued a “Clarification on Media Report” stating that “These considerations are preliminary and exploratory in nature. There is [...]

Top 5 Signs it is Time to Switch Carriers


Top 5 signs it is time to switch carriers: 1.  Financial Warning Signs With many carriers reporting first quarter losses in 2012, now might be a good time to check the financial health of your current carrier.  While a one-time quarterly loss isn’t a reason to immediately run for the exits, a string of quarterly [...]

Ocean bid tip: diversify your carrier alliances!


With so many container lines out there to choose from it’s easy to forget that despite their numbers there really are fewer choices than it seems when you consider carrier alliances and vessel sharing partners. If you are large enough to deal in direct carrier contracts with container lines, then you would be wise to [...]

Understanding Bunker Fuel: is there a relationship to crude prices?


Unless you work for an ocean container line, there seems to be a lot of confusion regarding bunker fuel costs and how they play into ocean container costs and BAF (Bunker Adjustment Factor – fuel surcharge for container lines).  This is especially compounded when folks look at the headlines in regards to crude oil prices [...]

Exploring Logistics in Developing Markets of China, India and Vietnam – By Mark Millar


In developing markets, logistics activities involve a range of challenges and opportunities: Opportunities revolve around the fact that the developing markets are experiencing rapid economic growth and the resulting increase in trade and commerce drives increasing demand for logistics services. Challenges are many and varied, with the top three consistently being limitations in infrastructure, bureaucratic [...]

Damco recognised as Outstanding Partner in Supply Chain Excellence


Singapore, 14 October 2009 – Damco, a leading logistics and freight forwarding company, was conferred the Outstanding Partner in Supply Chain Excellence Award during the SCM Logistics Excellence Awards ceremony here on 6 October. The award recognizes Damco for its ability and significant contribution in offering end-to-end supply chain solutions which help customers improve their [...]

Casestack Announces Newest Board Member


Santa Monica, Calif., Oct. 16, 2009 – CaseStack, a leading outsourced logistics company specializing in supply chain solutions for consumer packaged goods companies, announced today that Tucker Taylor, a member of the original Federal Express management team, has joined the company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Taylor has an impressive history of managing growth and developing [...]

3PL Study – 2009 Released


The 14th Annual Third-Party logistics Study sponsored by Oracle, Capgemini, Georgia Institute of Technology and Panalpina has officially been released. The annual study aims to document the growth and evolution of the third-party logistics (3PL) industry by identifying and tracking key trends and views of the 3PL industry largely from the perspective of 3PL customers. [...]

Maersk Logistics now trading as Damco


Via Maersk Press release. Copenhagen, 7 September 2009 – The A.P. Moller – Maersk Group’s logistics activities start trading as Damco on Monday 7 September 2009. Damco is the result of the integration of the company’s supply chain management activities previously branded as Maersk Logistics and its forwarding activities previously branded as Damco. Rolf Habben-Jansen, [...]

Top Supply Chain Programs – Logistics Degrees


If you are anything like me and you have been in the logistics/supply chain industry for quite sometime, then you have probably given some thought to obtaining and advanced logistics degree or graduate certificate in supply chain management. AMR Research has recently published their list of the top universities offering degrees in supply chain management. [...]

Geodis-IBM logistics acquisition: win-win for both?


It’s not all gloom and doom out there – deals are still happening and this announced deal is huge. IBM gets, presumably, a huge chunk of change selling its global logistics operations and Geodis in turn acquires a EUR 1 billion/year client under a multi-year agreement. IBM sees a nice influx of cash to its [...]

Railroad shipping: weekly cargo volumes down


Its both carload freight volumes and intermodal traffic that’s down. Via Logistics Management: Weekly carload freight, which does not include intermodal data was 309,099 cars, down 9.1 percent from the same timeframe last year. And carload freight loadings were down 6.5 percent in the West and 12.8 percent in the East. Intermodal loadings, which are [...]