As much as 10 percent of container traffic between East Asia and the U.S. could shift from West Coast ports to East Coast ports by 2020. This shift will have profound implications for carriers and shippers.
Many decentralized companies have practices that vary widely across sites. Correcting this—and implementing advanced techniques such as lean—requires a company-wide production system that establishes the right degree of standardization.
Activist investors are circling the engineering, construction, and services industry, spurring many developed-world companies to intensify their focus on margins, operational excellence, and cost discipline.
Private investors in infrastructure projects worry about such political and regulatory risks as expropriation, community protests, unfair taxes, and corruption. This report provides a 20-point risk-mitigation framework.
Growing demand for high-quality farm outputs, new sociopolitical priorities, changes in farming structures and practices, and developments in biotechnology will promote new business models in agriculture.
Consumers say they can imagine making nearly 75 percent of their purchases online. To turn that vision into reality, retailers, carriers, and others will need to meet those buyers’ exacting expectations.
The market for third-party chemical distribution, particularly in the specialty chemical segment, continues to grow faster than the overall industry, creating real opportunities for both suppliers and distributors.