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How Inventory Optimization Opens Pathways to Profitability

Posted 03/19 · 07:48 AM · SCMR Editorial
Inventory optimization—the process of scientifically determining the right inventory levels across the supply chain—has never been easy. But advanced tools now available are enabling companies to do the job faster, more accurately, and with greater business impact. In fact, industry leaders are finding that IO can drive greater profitability through lower inventories, better fill rates, and ultimately a more satisfied customer.

More complications for Japan’s shippers

Posted 03/18 · 08:27 AM · LM Editorial
Japan’s supply chain continues to be disrupted by the ongoing consequences of last week’s earthquake

Japanese automakers suspend vehicle production

Posted 03/17 · 11:43 AM · LM Editorial
Following last Friday’s earthquake and subsequent tsunami, nearly all Japanese automakers have idled production, owing to either physical damage or rolling blackouts.

BTS says surface trade with NAFTA partners up 24.3 percent annually in 2010

Posted 03/17 · 09:55 AM · LM Editorial
Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico was up 24.3 percent in 2010 compared to 2009, increasing to $791 billion, according to data released by the United States Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Japanese automakers suspend vehicle production

Posted 03/17 · 08:23 AM · SCMR Editorial
Following last Friday’s earthquake and subsequent tsunami, nearly all Japanese automakers have idled production, owing to either physical damage or rolling blackouts.

Volume growth continues at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in February

Posted 03/16 · 09:20 AM · LM Editorial
Volume gains continued on a steady pace at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach in February.

Japan’s air cargo sector also stressed

Posted 03/16 · 09:14 AM · LM Editorial
With the closing of three Japanese ports — Sendai, Hitachinaka and Kashima — some U.S. manufacturers and retailers may be opting for air cargo alternatives to meet shipping and sourcing deadlines.

DeFazio blasts proposed U.S.-Mexico cross-border trucking program

Posted 03/15 · 09:34 AM · LM Editorial
In a letter to Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, DeFazio expressed his concern about the plan to allow Mexican trucking companies to operate long-haul trucking operations in the U.S.

Total container trade falls in February after January upswing

Posted 03/14 · 02:17 PM · LM Editorial
Import shipment volume for February, measured in twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) decreased 9.94 percent from January and increased 9.03 percent over February 2010, reported Zepol Corporation, a trade intelligence company.

APEC pledges to create “seamless regional economy”

Posted 03/14 · 10:05 AM · LM Editorial
While most of the world’s focus was on Japan’s response to its earthquake and related crisis, trade experts were quietly working behind the scenes in Washington last week to establish a long-term strategy for rebuilding that country’s economy.

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