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.

China blocks panel requests by the U.S. on “rare earths” dispute

Posted 07/10 · 07:49 AM · SCMR Editorial
China, at the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) meeting on 10 July 2012, said it was not in a position to accept the establishment of a panel requested by the United States, the European Union and Japan regarding its measures related to the exportation of rare earths, tungsten and molybdenum

The Intersection of Trade and Real Estate Examined

Posted 07/09 · 02:39 PM · SCMR Editorial
The expansion of the Panama Canal will have major implications for industrial real estate in the U.S., particularly in the Southeast.
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FedEx completes acquisition of Rapidao Cometa

Posted 07/05 · 10:19 AM · LM Editorial
FedEx said its FedEx Express subsidiary has completed the acquisition of Rapidão Cometa Logistica e Transportes S.A., a Brazil-based transportation and logistics services provider. The acquisition was initially announced in late May.

Certification: The Career Enhancer

Posted 07/02 · 08:58 PM · SCMR Editorial
The growing number of supply chain certification programs now available opens up new opportunities for managers looking to advance their careers. But before embarking on any program, the experts advise, make sure that it has value to current and potential employers.

2012 State of Logistics: Slow and steady

Posted 07/01 · 10:00 PM · LM Editorial
The logistics industry has yet to climb back to the profitability it hit in 2007–the precipice from which it dropped during the recession. According to the report’s author and industry analysts, it may be a while until the overall industry hits full stride again.

Excellence: Put your money where your markets are

Posted 07/01 · 12:37 PM · LM Editorial
From 2010 to 2020, China’s aggregate household income will increase by more than $3.2 trillion. Income increases in India will total $1.4 trillion during the same period. This is definitely impressive, but hardly the whole story. In fact, rises of similar significance are expected in a host of “non BRIC” countries—emerging markets that should be on the radar screens of most global companies and, by implication, most supply chain executives.

M&A Impact on Supply Chain Management is Significant

Posted 06/28 · 04:18 PM · SCMR Editorial
Now, more than ever in the transportation and logistics sectors, a healthy amount of merger & acquisition deal activity is taking place.

U.S. Exports Are Creating Opportunities for Supply Chain Managers

Posted 06/28 · 04:12 PM · SCMR Editorial
American businesses are on track to double exports by 2014, meaning million of new U.S. jobs that are fueling the overall economic recovery, according to a top Commerce Department official.

Reducing Overall Supply Chain Costs Top Priority Among Manufacturers

Posted 06/28 · 04:02 PM · SCMR Editorial
The survey which examines the state of the industry, and how manufacturers are adapting and improving their supply chains, also explores and how technology plays a role in enabling manufacturers to be more successful.

Beyond Risk Management – Agility is the Key: Part I

Posted 06/25 · 04:31 PM · SCMR Editorial
The second half of 2010 and early 2011 saw exponential increases in market prices of rare earth elements, the 17 chemical elements with unusual properties that make them valuable in metal alloys, magnets and catalysts. Meanwhile, disruptions in global auto production following Japan’s nuclear disaster led to huge, unexpected drops in the prices of platinum-group metals.

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