The latest news and insight revolving around global trade, logistics services, evolving customs and regulations, supply chain security, and the technology necessary to speed freight through the global supply chain.

Hackett Associates Global Trade Pulse points to mixed economic signals in the U.S. and Europe

Posted 09/01 · 10:11 AM · LM Editorial
Hackett observed in the new report that China’s economy has lost steam, with actual growth falling short of targeted rates, while the United States most recent second quarter GDP reading at 3.7 percent outpaced expected targets, even though it was negatively impacted by gains in manufacturing and retail inventories.

Freedonia study: Developing countries to drive growth in packaging machinery

Posted 09/01 · 09:29 AM · MMH Editorial
Global demand remains stable as packaging equipment providers of all sizes shift focus.

“Economic Crosscurrents” and the Evolution of Logistics Real Estate Clusters

Posted 09/01 · 07:39 AM · SCMR Editorial
According to a recent study by Prologis Research, evolving trade patterns, along with advances in technology and the expansion of e-commerce, reinforce the value proposition of core market locations.

Panjiva data shows lower than expected July import volumes

Posted 08/31 · 10:46 AM · LM Editorial
According to Panjiva data, July shipments-at 952,126-were up 1 percent over June, following sequential gains of 7 percent for May over April and 1 percent for June over May.
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Managing Risk in the Global Supply Chain

Posted 08/21 · 02:45 PM · SCMR Editorial
Risk is a fact of life for the supply chain professional due to innumerable forces subject to change or beyond control within the supply chain such as legal, security, regulatory and environmental compliance; weather and natural disasters; and terrorism.

Volumes expected to head up while excess ocean capacity issues remain, notes Port Tracker report

Posted 08/10 · 08:38 AM · LM Editorial
Seasonal cargo flows appear set to take hold for United States-based retail container ports even with a glut of Transpacific trade capacity, according to the most recent edition of the Global Port Tracker report by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Remains on Hold for Time Being

Posted 08/04 · 07:54 AM · SCMR Editorial
With the latest round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations in Maui, Hawaii ending without a deal, U.S. supply managers may be adjusting to other global sourcing strategies.
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Hackett Associates rolls out debut edition of its Global Trade Pulse report

Posted 08/03 · 09:09 AM · LM Editorial
Hackett officials described this new offering as a short-term index that offers up “the sentiment for trade at a glance,” akin to other key economic metrics like the PMI and Consumer and Carrier confidence indices, while providing access to specifically see where a group of economic indicators are in relation to trade for the current month, too.

Emerging Markets: Mitigating risk as environments are redefined

Posted 08/01 · 07:00 PM · LM Editorial
Logistics professionals continue to believe that supply chain risks vary by region. However, the shipping/sourcing relocation decisions are becoming even more complex as the resiliency and relative strength of the perceived emerging leaders continues to wane.

Seaport Industrial Real Estate Occupancy Exceeds Expectations

Posted 07/31 · 03:05 PM · SCMR Editorial
While many industry analysts contend that distribution centers near U.S. East Coast ports will see a surge of new business after the Panama Canal expansion, real estate experts say this phenomena is already underway.
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