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DHL: back in Iraq

DHL Express has decided to resume operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan, just a week after the company had cancelled all flights in the region. The decision to continue operating in the area could prove to be risky for the company, and is highly surprising given the current security problems in Iraq.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Dec 2003
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Dubai Logistics City: a global vision

Dubai is creating the world's first integrated logistics and multi-modal transport platform, consisting of a mixture of new and expanded facilities. With major freight forwarding players such as DHL showing an increased interest in the region, the success of the project is vital in alleviating the pressure on the area's existing logistics infrastructure.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Apr 2005
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TNT: plans to update strategy in response to changing environment

TNT has reported higher second quarter and first-half profits than the previous year, however operating margins were lower than reported mid-way through 2006. TNT also plans to undergo a strategic review in response to changing market conditions, which will investigate growth opportunities, and consider trends in just-in-time delivery, e-commerce, environmental issues and demographic changes.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Aug 2007
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European parcel volumes resilient against economic adversity

Although the recent credit crunch and resulting economic uncertainty are affecting the growth potential of the European express industry, the main effects will be on the use of different modes of transport and profitability rather than on overall levels of parcel volumes. Indeed, supply chain rationalization, internationalization and B2C e-commerce are continuing to drive industry growth.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Sep 2008
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Express operators must develop flexible service portfolios to survive poor market conditions

The express industry is becoming increasingly reliant on the B2C segment and its growing demand for online shopping deliveries as the economic downturn reduces B2B parcel volumes. Shippers are also moving toward economy products as their budgets get squeezed, prompting a shift from air to road and encouraging express players to implement creative solutions for surviving the current market climate.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jan 2009
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DHL and UPS: poor Q2 performance suggests more has to be done to combat the recession

Despite severe cost cutting programs, DHL and UPS have both recorded a major drop in profits in Q2, largely due to customers opting for cheaper alternatives. However, both companies have gained some significant ground on their competitors also affected by the current recessionary climate, and are remaining cautiously optimistic despite there being no clear date for a recovery just yet.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jul 2009
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IATA: gloomy forecast presents opportunity for smaller express players

Revised industry forecasts from the International Air Transport Association suggest that leading asset-based express players could become more exposed and increasingly reliant on other areas of growth. Although this presents an opportunity for smaller express firms to gain ground on the market leaders, they are still likely to face a price battle with airlines trying to recoup their losses.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Sep 2009
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Express market shows early signs of recovery

Recent trading figures from leading express firms reveal that the sector faces an uphill struggle, with revenues still showing double-digit declines and profits dropping even further year-on-year despite the implementation of major cost-cutting programs. However, underlying volume improvement reflects a strengthening of the economic environment, causing mild optimism for the rest of the year.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Nov 2009
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UPS: shows signs of recovery, but pressure on margins remains

UPS' overall Q4 results show that the company repositioned itself well in 2009 and is now reaping the rewards of its recent investments in its international division, with strong growth being achieved due to high cross-border volumes. The firm must take careful action to ensure that this positive trend continues into 2010.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Feb 2010
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Saudi Arabia: a kingdom on the move

Over the last few years, the Saudi government has been investing heavily in many public infrastructure projects and also in encouraging private industry to develop the non-oil and non-gas sectors. This could make it a very attractive proposition for both local and global logistics players, as long as existing problems in the region are addressed.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jan 2011

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