Issue No. 61  |  January 2015  |   View in browser  
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EXPERT OPINION
Freight & Logistics Industry in New Year – Trends for 2015
 

 

 

2015 is here! The wave of positivity and change has surged through the Freight & Logistics industry bringing in new optimism. This year is expected to bring in new business opportunities and growth. From sharp decline in crude oil prices to emergence of new markets, there is so much going on globally. It is very difficult to keep track of everything in our highly volatile industry. Yet it is important to know what is new and what to expect in 2015.

In this article, Amit Maheshwari explains the current and upcoming trends in the Freight Forwarding & Logistics Industry.

 

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NEWS
IATA expects 5% global air freight increase in 2015
Demand for global air freight is expected to rise by 4.5 percent in 2015, driven by growth in cross-border trade, the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
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Imports Expected to Rise Despite West Coast Port Issues
Cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to continue to rise during most of the first half of 2015 despite significant congestion still impacting West Coast ports, according to a study by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
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Logistics industry voices concerns over oil prices
While the oil price slump could deliver cost relief for the logistics industry, any negative impact on the GCC's GDP and economic growth could spell trouble for the sector’s development in 2015, according to key industry figures polled by Logistics Middle East.
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Shipping Conditions Finally Improve thanks to Cheap Fuel
Although some pundits would like you to believe that cheaper fuel is going to wreck the economy, don’t try telling that to shippers. Thanks to the dramatic drop in fuel prices over the past couple months, along with an easing of capacity tightness in the marketplace, the Shippers Conditions Index is at its highest point in recent memory.
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DHL Express launches helicopter delivery service

DHL has launched a helicopter delivery service in the UK that promises next day delivery on packages from New York, Boston and Chicago. The new service, a first for the UK, will ferry up to 300kg of packages between London's Heathrow Airport and major London business district Canary Wharf.

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