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YRC Returns to Basics

Upon taking the reins of the troubled trucking company, YRC CEO, Jack Welch, stressed that his guiding principle would be to make the company a pure-play LTL provider. As a testament to this principal, in December, the company sold its TL subsidiary, Glen Moore, to Celadon. In August, Welch noted he would first focus on […]

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NAFTA Trade Increases 12% in October Thanks to Demand in Automobiles

NAFTA trade increased 12% total $79bn for the month of October. Year-to-date, NAFTA trade is up almost 15%. Total imports increased almost 13% whereas exports increased 11.2%. Although all modes of transport reported good increases, railroads reported the strongest gains in exports, +21.4%, and imports, +15.6% for October. This may be due to the fact […]

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December Manufacturing Activity – a Good Sign for Transportation and Logistics Providers

The global economy continues to show improvements despite Europe’s debt crisis. Although still very weak, pockets of growth in manufacturing activity were noted in the US, Asia and even Europe. 2011 ended positively for US manufacturers as ISM’s survey indicated a jump in manufacturing activity for the month of December. Overall new orders, including both […]

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Market Share Shifts to East Coast Ports

According to a LA Times article, Los Angeles and Long Beach ports experienced a slip in total tonnage in 2011 due to various reasons such as lower demand for Chinese imports. Asian trade accounts for about 40% of imports for these two ports. Although LA and Long Beach have long been the largest US ports, […]

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US exports increase in 2011: Possible changes in trade patterns on the horizon

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Piers reports US containerized exports will increase around 5.8% for 2011 while containerized imports will grow only 2.2%. The strength in exports is an opportunity for the US trade balance to become more balanced as the US has long been dependent on imports. Many US ports have reported increases in exports. However,the two largest US […]

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Brick & Mortar Retailers’ Strategic Shift Towards E-commerce

According to Gartner, US e-commerce is growing at 10% to 15% a year while revenue of traditional retail stores is growing at about half that rate. This was proven quite strongly during the 2011 holiday season as more and more consumers turned to the Internet for their research and shopping. With that in mind, more […]

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Holiday Returns Process Mayhem

Now that the busy holiday shopping season has ended, retailers are bracing for the returns to commence. The National Retail Federation estimates this year’s holiday returns will be $42.68bn, accounting for over 10% of all holiday sales. For retailers, not only is the front end logistics important so is the back end. According to a […]

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