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

Grant Thornton’s Supply Chain Advisory Practice acquired by KPMG

Posted 07/20 · 10:27 AM · LM Editorial
KPMG officials said bringing Grant Thornton’s supply chain practice into the fold strengthens KPMG's existing restructuring services practice in the automotive, pharmaceuticals, aerospace and defense and other manufacturing.

A.T. Kearney analysts see shift in procurement strategies

Posted 07/20 · 07:27 AM · LM Editorial
A.T. Kearney recently released the results of a global study, which suggests that indirect procurement categories like IT, marketing and advertising, facilities management, MRO, Logistics and professional services, have become increasingly important to Chief Procurement Officers and their organizations.

Supply Chain Management: Ariba and Hubspan introduce new shared solution

Posted 07/16 · 10:54 AM · SCMR Editorial
Leveraging Hubspan’s cloud-based business integration platform, Ariba will enable companies to connect multiple ERP and other backend systems to their partners using the Ariba Commerce Cloud.
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Ocean shipping: POLA/POLB see strong June volumes

Posted 07/15 · 09:27 AM · LM Editorial
Even though year-over-year comparisons were relatively easy, June volumes at the Ports of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB) turned in strong performances.

U.S. Port Security: A work in progress

Posted 07/15 · 08:00 AM · LM Editorial
Port authorities contend that without a method of enforcement, supply chain security has little chance of truly enhancing safety. Here’s a closer look at the different paths U.S. ports are taking in route to establishing standards and adhering to new regulation mandates.

Ocean cargo/Global logistics: Port Tracker calls for continued-but smaller-gains

Posted 07/09 · 10:38 AM · LM Editorial
While the forecast for import cargo volume at U.S.-based retail container ports remains positive, the amount by which volumes rise on a monthly basis is expected to narrow in the coming months, according to the most recent Port Tracker report by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

Ocean cargo concerns

Posted 07/07 · 08:57 AM · LM Editorial
The good news released recently by Alphaliner about more carrier activity has been countered by Drewry Shipping Consultants’ latest Container Forecaster, which posits the idea that a “peak season” may fail to materialize.

Ocean Cargo: Shipping analysts say vessel scrapping has declined

Posted 07/07 · 08:53 AM · LM Editorial
During the first six months of 2010, the active containership capacity has risen by 15.3 percent, jumping from 11.55 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) on January 1 to 13.32 million TEU at the end of June, according to figures released by Alphaliner, a Paris-based consultancy.

Ocean Cargo: Shortages of Containers Reaches “Crucial” Levels

Posted 06/22 · 11:46 AM · LM Editorial
Analysts contend that box manufacturing slump is hurting both carriers and shippers

Ocean Cargo: Spot pricing escalates in Asia-U.S. trade lane

Posted 06/21 · 03:30 PM · LM Editorial
Spot prices for transpacific shipping services have grown by more than 180 percent during the past 12 months to reach a five-year high.

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