K+N opens first Logistics Control Center in North Asia-Pacific region

Kuehne + Nagel’s (K+N) first regional Logistics Control Center for Integrated Logistics in North Asia-Pacific, located in Shanghai, is up and running as of this week, managing and fulfilling customers’ orders across the logistics company’s international supply chain operations. The new center has dedicated teams on site to handle contract and transportation management, including logistics […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 12, 2017

Top 4 forwarders that may be ripe for M&A activity in 2018

Although mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the 3PL community so far in 2017 were not quite as numerous as they were in 2016, many airfreight industry analysts say the current boom times for air cargo should make 2018 another banner year for consolidation in the still fragmented freight forwarding business. Just two months ago the […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 30, 2017

‘Third-Party Logistics Study’ points to blockchain, automation

The “2018 22nd Annual Third-Party Logistics Study” is out, with the message that the greater availability of data and the ability to make real-time decisions are encouraging collaboration between shippers and 3PLs, when it comes to making supply-chain decisions. “Shippers have greater expectations of what they want their logistics providers to accomplish, and the proper […]
  • Lewis King
  • September 28, 2017

Milgram & Co. acquisition bolsters C.H. Robinson’s Canada capabilities

The intensive period of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activities in the logistics sector was supposed to have slowed down this year, but C.H. Robinson has bucked the trend by acquiring Canadian freight forwarder Milgram & Co., bolstering its regional freight forwarding, customs brokerage and surface transportation capabilities. The US$50 million acquisition is the Minnesota-based 3PL’s […]
  • Lewis King
  • September 1, 2017

Profits fall at Panalpina as shippers balk at higher rates

Panalpina did its best to present its lackluster second-quarter results as upbeat, but the Swiss logistics company is running up against shipper’s reluctance to pay higher rates, which pushing down yields. The company reported first-half gross profit down 9 percent, at US$707 million. Citing higher freight rates and ongoing margin pressure as evidence of a […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 20, 2017

Teknowlogi launches AI decision-making platform for logistics industry

Logistics technology provider Teknowlogi launched its Logistics Expert System (LES), a logistics supply chain analytics platform, that uses artificial intelligence (AI) decision-making technology that has already been deployed in medical diagnosis and stock trading. The U.S.-based company’s LES is a software as a service (SaaS) that combines transportation management systems (TMS), mobile intelligence, integration intelligence, […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 21, 2017

Armstrong’s 3PL report calls 2016 ‘mediocre’ for U.S. airfreight

While the third-party logistics (3PL) market had a “mediocre” year in the United States, global 3PL revenues reached US$802 billion in 2016 and are on track to exceed $962 billion in 2020, according to the latest 3PL report by market research firm, Armstrong & Associates. The report, titled “Third-Party Logistics Market Results and Trends for […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 16, 2017

Data-driven shipper-3PL relationships add value to supply chains

In the modern supply chain, where fluctuating capacity, increased shipper demands and hard-to-predict disruptions create a volatile decision-making environment, shippers and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) are increasingly using analytics to improve efficiency, according to the results of the “2017 Third-Party Logistics Study,” which was released this morning at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 26, 2016

Crossing the Line: Will cross-border regulations trip up China?

Powdered milk is a phenomenally popular product in China. Numerous scandals involving contaminated domestic milk, a shortage of dairy cows and a general admiration for imported products have made milk powder a commonly found commodity in the e-shopping carts of Chinese consumers. In fact, for one Australian milk cooperative, China has been seen as the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 1, 2016

The Race for Track & Trace: Are 3PLs ready for serialization?

Few activities require a greater degree of blind faith than swallowing a pill. The tiny capsules can be lifesavers, but there are few outward signs that indicate whether they are legitimate. Imagine being prescribed Heparin, a proven blood thinner, only to find out after the onset of a blood clot that the drug was an […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 8, 2016

Track & Trace: Conflicting requirements for serialization

Part of what makes serialization complicated is the lack of harmonized requirements. At the macro level, serialization guidelines are not standardized from country to country. In fact, serialization requirements can vary dramatically from company to company, raising a host of questions that must be considered well in advance of item-level serialization implementation. Lucy Deus, head […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 3, 2016

Grim numbers in the 3PL sector for Q1 2016

Organic growth in the third-party logistics (3PL) market is down 8.9 percent, year-over-year, for the first quarter of 2016, according to a report from ARC Advisory Group. These numbers, which do not include the effects of acquisitions, reflect dismal quarterly results from industry heavyweights, such as DHL Supply Chain and Global Forwarding, which declined from […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 14, 2016

Three to watch: Musser steadying Expeditor’s helm

To build one of the most prosperous and fast-growing forwarding businesses in a competitive field is an impressive achievement. To continue that record of success after taking the reins from a charismatic and outspoken leader, following soon after one of the worst economic crises in history, is an altogether different – yet no less impressive […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 1, 2015