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World air cargo market: An overview

Apr 5, 2007

History of the air cargo industry: The size of the world air cargo market was estimated at 178,122 bn RTKS (revenue tonne kilometers) in 2005. Since 1970, the world air cargo market has grown at a CAGR of 5.1%, compared to a 3.6% CAGR growth in between 2000 and 2005. The slowdown in the past few years was mainly due to economic downturn in 2001 and events like 9/11attack, the Iraq war and SARS epidemic. The year 2004 however saw a reversal in fortunes with the industry growing at a robust

Global express industry: An overview

Dec 11, 2006

The core business of express industry is to provide door-to-door transportation of next day or time-definite shipments. Time definite shipments generally involve a transit time of 2-3 days. Besides, time-bound transportation services, express companies also provide a number of value-added services, which include tracking facility, payment collection, insurance facility and proof of delivery.

Concor: No containing

Aug 29, 2002

Concor, the company with a virtual monopoly in moving containerised cargo traffic, reported good performance for 1QFY03 with a rise of 11% in topline. Operating margins however, dropped by around 260 basis points. The drop in operating margins is explainable considering the backdrop of a slowing economy.

Blue Dart: Review time

Jun 14, 2002

Blue Dart, the express major, has recorded a 22% drop in net profit for FY02, on the back of 210 basis points drop in operating margins. The drop in operating margins is despite a fall in ATF prices. Having said that, 12% growth in revenues is encouraging considering the backdrop of economic slowdown. The company recently acquired two south based courier companies to consolidate its position in South India.

Logistics: In consolidation mode

Mar 8, 2002

Denying slowdown, domestic courier industry seems to be attracting global majors. After an initial round of consolidation, where organised players in the industry captured into the market share of unorganized sector, the industry seems to be in for another round of consolidation. DHL, the world’s largest express company today announced acquisition of majority control in DHL India from AFL express through which it had presence in the country. Recently, Blue Dart acquired two south based logistics

Blue Dart: Revenues rise, profits drop

Jan 16, 2002

Blue Dart, the express major has recorded a 10% drop in net profit for 3QFY02, on the back of 180 basis points drop in operating margins. The drop in operating margins is inspite of fall in ATF prices. Having said that, a 10% growth in revenues is encouraging considering the backdrop of economic slowdown. The drop in operating margins could be partially explained due to commissioning of the third aircraft. Post bonus issue last year, the company's equity capital has doubled.

Courier Industry: At crossroads

Aug 20, 2001

The domestic courier industry is in for consolidation. The industry in estimated to be US $ 430 m with over 2,000 companies in the arena. Of these 2,000 companies only 25 companies are from the organised sector, accounting for 60% of the total revenues. While it is clear that there is saturation at the lower end of the market segment, bigger players are gearing up to grab a larger share of the burgeoning market pie.

Blue Dart: Growth story continues

Jul 24, 2001

Blue Dart, the express major has once again recorded a better than expected performance. Though revenues have increased by 22% in 1QFY01, operating margins have slipped 130 basis points. The drop in operating margins appears due to commissioning of the third aircraft. What is encouraging is that Blue Dart Aviation, the wholly owned subsidiary of the company has come out of the red. Blue Dart has an aircraft leasing agreement with this subsidiary.

Elbee Services: Diluting gains

Jun 18, 2001

Elbee Services is the second largest courier company in the country, with a market share of around 20%. The company has undergone a massive restructuring exercise in the recent past, which is bearing fruit now. The company has registered a smart turnaround in its fortunes after being in red for couple of years. To improve profitability, the company changed its product mix drastically, in favour of high margin businesses. In the courier industry, domestic operations are more profitable compared t

Blue Dart: Performance par excellence

May 9, 2001

India's truly multimodal express company, Blue Dart has continued its excellent performance. The company is a leader in domestic courier and cargo industry with a market share of 38%. While income from operations has increased 25%, net profit showed an excellent growth of more than 88%. Infact the net profit has grown at a CAGR of more than 75% in the last three years. Operating profit margins have shown an improvement of more than 300 basis points.

3PL: Here is another one for you

Nov 22, 2000

Tired of B2B, B2C, P2P and all the other net jargons. Here is one more and you are going to hear a lot of it in the future; 3PL or third party logistics. Third party logistics is set to grow at 20% annually for the next three to five years, thanks to the Internet. Sounds surprising? Well not really. We talk of e-commerce all the time and also hear about B2B being bigger than B2C. But B2C is here and it is here to stay.

Blue Dart posts a 108% rise in net profit

Jul 19, 2000

The company has recorded a 26% growth in sales from Rs 448 m in 1QFY00 to Rs 565 m in 1QFY01. Both the operating and net profit margins are up by 4% and 2.6% respectively. However, both the interest and depreciation costs are up by 60% and 41% respectively. This is because the commercial operations of Superhub has commenced since September 1999.

Opportunities in Logistics Management

Apr 17, 2000

According to a Nasscom study the e-business market in India is around Rs 3 bn currently and is poised to become Rs 100 bn by year 2002.

Blue Dart: net profit zooms 75% in first half

Oct 27, 1999

Courier services major Blue Dart Express has posted a 35% in net profit to Rs 32 m in second quarter ended September 30, 1999. Operational income was up 17% to Rs 503 m over the corresponding period in the previous year.


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