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DB Schenker appears to be stable
24 March 2017

Deutsche Bahn appears to have fought its way back into profit in 2016 although without properly audited accounts it is hard to know for sure.


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Supply chain software is in the midst of a structural transformation
23 March 2017

Ti report finds that whilst technologies such as AI and blockchain hold incredible disruptive potential, relatively mundane obstacles exist which are currently limiting their impact.


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Shipping lines in US Department of Justice inquiry
23 March 2017

The FBI ‘raided’ a meeting of shipping executives on the March 15, 2017, in order to serve subpoenas on the senior managers of several container lines who were present.


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EU supply chain executives expect trade pivot from US to Asia, reveals survey
21 March 2017

A survey at a recent supply chain conference in Antwerp reveals insight into senior executives’ views on trade patterns post–Brexit and Trump’s election. In a blow to TTIP, it also suggests the UK will beat the EU to agree a deal with the US.


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Cooperate or compete: how should logistics providers cope with Amazon?
21 March 2017

The global logistics industry shares an uneasy relationship with the likes of e–commerce giants Amazon and Alibaba. Ti’s CEO, Professor John Manners–Bell, asks: should logistics providers cooperate or compete?


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Fraport and Lufthansa make slow progress in tough market
21 March 2017

The German air freight sector remains in the slow lane. Its two largest actors, Fraport and Lufthansa have just reported their annual numbers and whilst both are profitable the underlying picture was muted, implying mixed prospects for their cargo operations.


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Are ocean carriers still sailing through troubled waters?
16 March 2017

A mood of optimism appears to have entered the shipping industry with many commentators arguing the worst is over as freight rates are on the rise. However, there is a large number of new vessels heading into the market over the next two years, making the chances of recovery questionable. Will the shipping industry bounce back in 2017?


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CMA CGM and OOCL both suffer in 2016 but the former sees a more certain recovery
16 March 2017

CMA CGM concentrated on profits rather than market share over 2016, looking to strengthen the company financially whilst it absorbed NOL/APL, yet despite losses it appeared to finish the year on an optimistic note.


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CEVA achieves stability in difficult market but growth is still limited
14 March 2017

CEVA did not suffer too badly from the volatility in the air and sea forwarding market over the past year but neither did it grow particularly aggressively. The company’s corporate finance situation, is however, getting slightly dramatic.


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France’s SNCF returns to the black
14 March 2017

French rail owner and operator SNCF Group has reported a strong set of results for 2016, which showed solid growth rates in revenues and core profits.


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