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The global transportation service industry grew by 4.3% in 2006. However, the cargo logistics provider industry could not translate this growth into profitability. Due to high energy and maintenance costs, the average return-on-sales of cargo logistics providers in Europe reaches just 3% (cf. DataMonitor (2003, 2005, 2007) and Ferrulli (2007)). Reducing costs by 1% would lead to an increase of return-on-sales by 32%.
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