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Africa: becoming the new logistics frontier

Driven by its natural resources, Africa's economic growth is attracting investments by logistics players such as DHL as they look to develop infrastructure and services across the continent. However, many fundamental issues still need to be addressed, such as the lack of infrastructure and the geopolitical risks.

Published By Datamonitor
09 May 2011
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United Arab Emirates: automotive logistics service players capitalizing on new market opportunities

CEVA Logistics is the latest in a long line of logistics service providers expanding or building warehouse space in Dubai. The two key drivers behind these developments are the geographically advantageous location of the United Arab Emirates within the Middle East region, and the interest of logistics players in serving the lucrative automotive industry.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Apr 2011
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Air freight: carriers need to look to alternative modes to address margin declines

Soaring oil prices are rendering air freight an increasingly less economically viable choice for logistics carriers and shippers alike. Profit margins in the air freight business are being hurt by the rising fuel costs; thus, multi-modal carriers need to focus on fuel-efficient modal choices to maintain their margins.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Mar 2011
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Deutsche Post DHL shifts its focus to the business-to-consumer distribution market

Deutsche Post DHL, having recently retreated from the domestic express market in the UK and France, is still very much focused on the business-to-customer channel. As more companies turn their attention towards this promising sector, this shift in the express market is creating a competitive playing field. Helping customers enhance their online presence will be key to consolidating market share.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Feb 2011
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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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Shipping: industry-led initiatives rather than legislation are the way forward

The International Maritime Organization has been working toward a global deal to limit the industry's carbon emissions, but its slow progress has prompted the EU to signal its intent to incorporate shipping into its Emissions Trading Scheme if no agreement is reached by the end of 2011. However, introducing localized legislation could prove to be both inefficient and counter-productive.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jan 2011
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Changes to air cargo security will have repercussions on the industry and the wider economy

The discovery of two bomb devices en route to the US has resulted in proposals to tighten air cargo security. Yet, without standard security measures which are internationally applicable, this will be difficult to enforce. Meanwhile, more stringent restrictions may adversely impact wider economies as a whole, with many sectors depending on timely cargo deliveries.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Nov 2010
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The logistics and express industry may be recovering, but fresh challenges await

According to Datamonitor research, the global logistics and express market is expected to have recovered from the downturn and grown by almost 9% to reach a value of more than $3 trillion in 2010. However, as the market finally recovers, the pressure on companies to demonstrate value and find ways to achieve profitable growth will become increasingly apparent.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Oct 2010
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Freight rates to tumble in H2 2010 due to overcapacity and slower demand

International freight rates have increased over H1 2010 due to reduced transport capacity and increased freight demand, a trend that has been reflected in upswings in price indices such as the Baltic Dry Index and Danske Bank's European Freight Forwarding Index. However, forecasted overcapacity and sluggish growth in freight volumes are expected to reduce rates in H2 2010.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Sep 2010
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Agility: acquisition spree expected to boost performance going into 2010

Kuwait-based global logistics provider Agility has posted a 7.1% decline in revenue for 2009 due to a slump in freight volumes in its Global Integrated Logistics business. However, the company saw operating profit rise 5.1% in 2009 and expects this to be consolidated during 2010 as a result of its ambitious strategy of expanding its global network and customer base through acquisitions.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Apr 2010

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