Chain links: What we're reading this week
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
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
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