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Global Logistics—September 2011

Global Logistics—September 2011

Swiss Attraction? Bank On It Even as Europe’s economic prospects remain mired in uncertainty, Switzerland continues to attract foreign investment. To date in 2011, "the island of stability" scored a number of new and expanded investment opportunities. "By mid-year, at least 24 projects from North America landed in Switzerland, generating an estimated $625 million in […]

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Trends—August 2011

Trends—August 2011

Trucks Will Dominate Despite hitting a number of speed bumps during the economic recession, trucking is expected to dominate U.S. domestic transportation over the next 10 years, taking market share from the railroads. Overall, U.S. freight tonnage is expected to grow 24 percent by 2022, while revenue for the industry is projected to rise 66 […]

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Global Logistics—August 2011

Global Logistics—August 2011

China Bridges Concerns The chief engineer of the world’s longest sea-bridge, which recently opened in China, is denying claims that construction was rushed in order to meet the 90th anniversary of the Communist party in the People’s Republic. China has a reputation for finishing big infrastructure projects on time and under budget—notably the Three Gorges […]

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Global Logistics—July 2011

Global Logistics—July 2011

JAL and AA Cargo Go Hawaiian A recent agreement between Japan Airlines and American Airlines to work more closely and collaboratively together in the interest of strengthening their respective international cargo operations could have an intriguing side effect for Hawaiian air cargo prospects. The objective of the partnership is to provide cargo customers with more […]

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Trends—July 2011

Trends—July 2011

The 2011 State of Logistics Report: Logistics Sector Faces a Tough Haul The U.S. economy’s road to recovery during 2011 is like occupational therapy: filled with hard work and occasional setbacks. For the logistics sector, the therapy also involves higher costs and tighter capacity. Business logistics costs rose 10.4 percent in 2010, making up more […]

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Trends—June 2011

Trends—June 2011

Restaurants Change Supply Chain Menus Rising food prices, increasing transportation costs, and consumer demand for affordable meals are forcing restaurants to squeeze costs from their supply chains. Some chains are looking to offset an estimated four-percent rise in commodity prices internally, rather than simply passing costs along to customers. Here’s a buffet-line perspective of how […]

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Global Logistics—June 2011

Global Logistics—June 2011

High-speed Rail Has German Upside While the United States continues debating the pros and cons of investing billions of dollars in high-speed rail infrastructure, developing countries with nebulous transportation capabilities are fast-tracking light-rail projects. As a result, German manufacturing and transportation stand to gain the most. Deutsche Bahn has negotiated with Siemens AG to procure […]

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Trends—May 2011

Trends—May 2011

100% Screening Deadline Up in the Air The air cargo industry, manufacturers, exporters, importers, and consumers face the prospect of dramatic global supply chain disruption if the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) enforces a proposed deadline of Dec. 31, 2011, for 100-percent screening of all international inbound cargo on passenger aircraft. The subject dominated The […]

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Global Logistics—May 2011

Global Logistics—May 2011

China Comes Clean China may be the most polluting country in the world, but it’s putting some of that smoke and carbon output to good use by manufacturing renewable energy equipment. The country is producing wind turbines and solar panels at a world-record pace, according to Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race 2010, a new […]

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Trends—April 2011

Japan Crisis Creates SC Aftershocks The devastation and tragedy unleashed on Japan by a trio of domino-like forces—an earthquake, then a tsunami, and finally a nuclear meltdown—is now beginning to topple global supply chains. The immediate effect on U.S. companies with operations in Japan was muted, according to sources Inbound Logistics spoke with soon after […]

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