Tuesday, January 8, 2013

BRICS and Rising Stars – How Did They Perform in 2012?

New Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index available January 15, 2013

Irvine, California - January 8, 2013 - One year ago, the Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index painted a mixed picture of the global economy – while emerging markets enjoyed healthy growth, developed markets remained stalled by the European financial crisis and a faltering U.S. economy. Last year, logistics and trade professionals ranked China, India, Brazil and Russia as the likely places to emerge as logistics hubs over the next five years. What will their views be for 2013, after a year in which the European crisis deepened and a “fiscal cliff” momentarily paralyzed the world’s largest economy?

More than ever, economic circumstances are forcing businesses to look to emerging markets – growing three times faster than developed economies – as an engine of growth that may help pull an ailing global economy into the sunlight.

This year’s Index will cast light on how well-founded such optimism may be, scrutinize the variable performance of the BRIC countries and deliver a detailed report card on the next generation of high-growth economies.

The Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index looks at the world’s most dynamic economies and the forces powering them. The Index examines 45 major emerging markets and identifies the attributes that make a market an attractive investment for logistics companies, air cargo carriers, shipping lines, freight forwarders and distribution property companies. Together, the Index rankings, analysis and professional survey provide a basis to compare individual countries, weigh their strengths and weaknesses, and gauge their near-term prospects. The Index also looks at the inter-relationships among emerging economies and at trade flows between the emerging and developed worlds.

The Index is the result of a unique collaboration between Agility, one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics and supply chain services, and Transport Intelligence (Ti), a leading global provider of expert research and analysis for the logistics industry.

The 2013 Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index will be published on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 and can be found here.

About Agility:

Agility brings efficiency to supply chains in some of the globe’s most challenging environments, offering unmatched personal service, a global footprint and customized capabilities in developed and developing economies alike. Agility is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics. It is a publicly traded company with $4.8 billion in revenue and more than 22,000 employees in 500 offices across 100 countries.

Agility’s core commercial business, Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), provides supply chain solutions to meet traditional and complex customer needs. GIL offers air, ocean and road freight forwarding, warehousing, distribution, and specialized services in project logistics, fairs and events, and chemicals. Agility’s Infrastructure group of companies manages industrial real estate and offers logistics-related services, including e-government customs optimization and consulting, waste management and recycling, aviation and ground-handling services, support to governments and ministries of defense, remote infrastructure and life support. For more information about Agility, please visit www.agilitylogistics.com.