The latest news and features revolving around evolving customs regulations, global trade, and the services that help global shippers expedite freight through the global supply chain

Closing the Global Supply Chain Loop: Waste Not, Want Not

Posted 10/28 · 08:08 AM · SCMR Editorial
Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part web exclusive examining the latest trends in reverse logistics. Today’s supply chain managers are faced with three forces driving the reverse loop in distribution: Regulatory compliance, sustainable practices, and money saving strategies. Any one of these reasons will work, say business leaders, and the pay offs are similar in the extreme. Indeed, by “doing the right thing” companies are helping themselves while saving the planet.

Bangkok’s port operations remain on flood alert

Posted 10/27 · 01:20 PM · LM Editorial
Container handling at Bangkok’s seaport has so far not been affected by the storm that has hit the Thai capital, although the Port Authority of Thailand is taking preventive action against the possibility of flash floods

Another natural disaster disrupts Asia’s supply chains

Posted 10/27 · 12:17 PM · SCMR Editorial
Thailand’s automotive parts supply chain is being severely disrupted by the worst monsoon floods for some five decades

Ports first, politics second

Posted 10/27 · 09:43 AM · LM Editorial
Can Republicans and Democrats agree on anything? The American Association of Port Authorities certainly hopes so

MAPI report says U.S.-based manufacturers face a 20 percent structural cost disadvantage

Posted 10/26 · 01:46 PM · LM Editorial
With the United States manufacturing base accounting for roughly 11 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), domestic manufacturers are not only dealing with a declining base on the home front, they are also facing major disadvantages when it comes to doing business in the United States compared to global competitors.

Escalating energy costs will add to supply chain complexity

Posted 10/26 · 12:30 PM · SCMR Editorial
New sources of energy might seem promising now, but may not meet anticipated demand in emerging markets, a leading energy analyst noted in a “Supply Chain Virtual Event” put on today by SCMR and sister publication, Logistics Management.

Global Port Tracker report points to flat growth amid difficult circumstances

Posted 10/26 · 12:07 PM · LM Editorial
Growth prospects in Northern Europe remain stalled, according to the most recent edition of the Global Port Tracker Report from Hackett Associates and the Bremen Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics.

Global trade management key to supply chain growth, study finds

Posted 10/26 · 12:05 PM · SCMR Editorial
Kewill, a leading provider of software and SaaS designed to accelerate global trade and logistics, announced the availability of its whitepaper, “2011 Best Practices Survey for Global Trade Management.”

Horizon Lines takes vessels out of transpacific

Posted 10/25 · 03:27 PM · LM Editorial
In a move signaling future rate pressure in the nation’s most robust ocean cargo trade lane, Horizon Lines, Inc. announced it will discontinue its Five Star Express (FSX) trans-Pacific container shipping service between the U.S. West Coast, Guam and China

Supply chain professionals get economic update this week

Posted 10/24 · 04:20 PM · SCMR Editorial
The two most important measures of consumer confidence, the Conference Board’s consumer confidence index and Reuters/University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index will show confidence and sentiment at recessionary levels in October
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