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Chain links: What we're reading this week

By Mark Solomon | 01/20/2016 | 5:46 AM

Emerging markets logistics have great futures (next year). A logistics start-up focuses not on profits but on cutting dad’s costs. And logistics users applaud surge in M&A activity.

 

Emerging markets logistics have great future, rocky present

Despite some rough recent times, logistics in emerging markets still have great potential. The key is getting through the present.

Source: Atlantic Journal of Transportation

Pennsylvania county sends out logistics siren song

Berke’s County, Pa. has positioned itself as a logistics hub for the region, which includes such familiar towns as Reading

Logistics startup had roots in toy business

Entrepreneurs usually launch logistics firms to make profits, but two partners in Bentonville, Ark., say they founded RR Logistics in an effort to cut shipping costs at the toy-making business owned by the father of one of the men. Rodney Redman and Michael Bahn have been friends since they played on the same third-grade soccer team, but they now manage a truckload, less-than-truckload, intermodal, ocean, and air cargo business that acts as a 3PL for a growing list of clients.

Source: Arkansas Online

Global Packaging Trends 2016

This report from market intelligence firm Mintel identifies six trends shaping the future of packaging across the globe: digital printing, flexible packaging (such as pouches), clear label messages, eco-responsible packaging, a wider variety of size options, and mobile-engaged packaging.

Source: Mintel website

Attracting millennials to logistics jobs

Millennials don’t naturally gravitate towards logistics careers. It will be up to the industry to change the perception that the industry isn’t stimulating enough to make a career of

Source: Supply and Demand Chain Executive

UPS using 3-D printing to transform model--report

UPS Inc. will rely more on 3-D printing to help get things done

Source: 3dprint

Logistics enters 2016 in midst of M&A boom

The logistics industry is coming off a record M&A year in 2015, and the new year brings in some favorable views from logistics users on the trend

Source: Heavy-duty Trucking

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