Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Weekly Update: October 18

Happy Thursday!

A short week but a busy one. Catching up on emails and phone calls. Thanks for your patience!

Express/Small Parcel report continues on - a bit of a slowdown at the moment but the report is still on target for publication in November.

The monthly Stifel Logistics Confidence Index was completed and published by Stifel. We'll be posting our briefing on the topic in Friday's e-newsletter plus I'll post it here on the blog along with a link to the survey in case you would like to participate.

Quarterly Logistics Monitors for APAC and North America are planned for completion the end of next week. I know I've said this in the past, but I really like this group of reports. I think they benefit sales and marketing teams that need to stay on top of the markets they serve and to share with existing and potential customers. Also, they're great for preparation for investor relations meetings and for non-logistics specific companies to keep up with markets.

In other news....

I'm beginning to schedule interviews to learn and gather information for our Life Sciences Logistics report scheduled for publication in early 2014. If interested in chatting or to learn more, please drop me a line.

This week we published some interesting briefings including a look at Kuehne + Nagel's recent earnings report as well as one on cyber attacks affecting the supply chain. Our CEO, John Manners-Bell, has been studying this topic in great detail and provides some good thoughts.

I've tweeted quite a bit this week thanks to some really great articles including one I came across from SAP's blog - "Online Retail Sales are Down and Some Retailers Don't Care".  Tracking and monitoring online sales and in-store sales is definitely blurring as more retailers incorporate ecommerce into their overall sales and marketing strategy. Does it really matter where the sale originates? A question I'm sure will be debated for some time.

That's it from here in Atlanta - have a great week ahead!!