This Week in Logistics News (November 18-22, 2013)

Talking Logistics

In this week’s news… XPO Logistics Acquires Optima Service Solutions. Port truck drivers on West Coast protest costs, working conditions ( Cargo Business News ). In 3PL news, XPO Logistics announced that it has acquired Optima Service Solutions, LLC, “a leading non-asset provider of last-mile logistics services for major retailers and manufacturers in the United States” for $26.6 Robinson is a Talking Logistics sponsor.

Pharma Market Remains Attractive But Can it Save the Air Cargo Market?

Logistics Trends and Insights

As the air cargo market continues to experience downward pressures, carriers, airports, and air freight forwarders are once again turning towards niche industry solutions to help not only jumpstart declining volumes but also revenues. The pharmaceutical industry has been of particular interest to the air cargo market for years. Regulatory requirements, special handling and the value of such goods have attracted logistics and transport providers alike.

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The Great Maersk Shift

Freightos

The following is a 5,000 word exploration of Maersk’s strategic shift to end-to-end logistics services, based on open sources. Maersk would split into two divisions – a Transport & Logistics division, and an energy division. Today, 75 to 80% of cargo arrives on time.

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Gebrüder Weiss Selects BluJay’s LSP Platform to Deliver Enhanced Customer Experience

BluJay Solutions

Gebrüder Weiss is one of Europe’s largest privately held logistics service providers, with 7,300 employees, 150 worldwide locations, and 13.7 The company sought a solution to support continued digitalisation of logistics, with a flexible, future-proof transport management platform that can help deliver an enhanced customer experience and adapt to a constantly changing market and customer needs. “We

Three Months after Tianjin, the Area is Still Reeling.

Elementum

New productions are also in line in Slovakia, Austria and Brazil. Tianjin is considered the fourth largest global port in terms of cargo throughput. It is also ranked as Northern China's largest port for export of hazardous chemicals and the primary logistics hub for the majority of cargo transportation in the region. Cargo import and export also took a hit with transportation disruption expected to last for several months.