Archive for Logistics Trends

New Year, New Economic Bloc – the AEC

Ring out the old, ring in the new, so the saying goes. Indeed, because while 2015 was fading out this last December 31, the new ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) was being born. But if you live much beyond the shores of Southeast Asia it is likely news of this particular birth passed you by. So let me explain, because this region of 632 million people and combined GDP of $2.5 trillion is set to become an […]

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Enterprise Software Market Continues to Decline in Third Quarter 2015

ARC Advisory Group tracks the enterprise software market on a quarterly basis.  We track the revenues of fifteen prominent publicly traded enterprise software companies and translate financial results reported in foreign currencies to US dollars using an average exchange rate for the given reporting period. The suppliers’ reporting period for this analysis is the quarter ended September 30, 2015 unless stated otherwise. The suppliers included in this report recorded combined quarterly revenue of $21.9 billion, […]

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2016 Supply Chain Predictions

Now that I am finally off the road for the balance of the year, I had a chance to sit down and look at some of the macro trends of 2015 and how they could impact logistics operations and technology providers in 2016. In some respects, the biggest trends are continuations from the past several years. Ecommerce, the economy, customer experience and security are dominating the headlines. They are as fundamental as a shifting population […]

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ARC’s Supply Chain Predictions for 2015: Hits and Misses

At the beginning of the year the ARC supply chain team made supply chain predictions for 2015. This article circles back and reports on how we did. Very often any predictions you can make for a one year period are not about a brand new thing that will occur, the prediction is really part of a larger megatrend that has not only been going on for some time but will also continue for many years […]

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Sea-Change or Shell-Game: The Transforming of International Inland Transportation

“Sea-change” is a well-used term describing significant transformations since William Shakespeare coined the phrase in “The Tempest” in 1610.  More narrowly applied to transportation and logistics, sea-changes have occurred throughout history: sail-to-steam-to-diesel propulsion or break-bulk to containerized cargo, for example. Now we are facing a more subtle sea-change – or maybe it’s more of a ripple – with the changing nature of how international import cargo is managed and paid for.  World trade has grown […]

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How Will Transportation Change: Revolutionary Trends and Technologies

But by far the biggest change in “how” goods will ship in the next ten years is based on the continuing development of autonomous trucks.

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The Freight Forwarding Industry: An Industry Ripe for Innovation

The truth, as anyone who deals with ocean freight on a regular basis realizes, is that sailing schedules change all the time. For example, CargoSmart data shows that in May of 2015 there were 5,689,979 schedule changes, 608,112 service changes (where for example, a ship line changes the itinerary by adding a port or switches the order in which particular ports will be served), and 234,414 schedule delays.

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Enterprise Software Market Further Declines in 2Q15

ARC Advisory Group tracks the enterprise software market on a quarterly basis. We track the revenues of fifteen prominent publicly traded enterprise software companies, translate financial results reported in foreign currencies to US dollars using an average exchange rate for the given reporting period. The suppliers’ reporting period for this analysis is the quarter ended June, 2015 unless stated otherwise. The suppliers included in this report recorded combined quarterly revenue of $21.1 billion, representing a […]

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Improvements to Mexico’s Rail Network Presents Tremendous Opportunity

Twenty years ago, there was only one railroad in Mexico, which was run by a public agency and broken into three regional classes. At that time, there needed to be tremendous improvements to rail service, engines and cars, and to key infrastructure such as bridges and tracks. Then in 1995, the Mexican government announced that a railroad privatization project would begin. The private railroad companies that now manage the railroad lines currently have a 50-year […]

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The Trans Pacific Partnership – Are you Positioned to Benefit?

The Pacific Rim trade deal, formally known as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), obtained a great deal of media coverage in June as Congress debated legislation aimed at providing the President with “fast-track” approval authority. The intensity surrounding debates and opinions led me to believe that this proposed multi-lateral trade agreement would soon come to fruition. Not even close. Examining the Details? Logistics is inexorably linked to international trade. At ARC, we conduct research on […]

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