Global Trade Management — November, 2012

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BLOG: Forging Responsible Supply Chains: Are Companies Growing Up?
Now that corporations are “persons,” I suppose it’s no stretch to describe supply chains as “mature” or “immature.” In fact, the words are especially useful when it comes to determining a company’s level of supply-chain responsibility.
That can be a difficult term to define. In a time of so many reports of unfair labor practices and environmental damage, however, it’s an important one to address.
Even a cursory review of multinationals reveals that many are far from achieving maturity in their approach to crucial concerns such as working conditions and the environment. It’s not for lack of effort;...

White Paper: The ROI of Automating Trade Compliance
Trade automation software can help reduce total landed costs by streamlining processes and boosting productivity, then a compelling business case for investment can be made in any organization.
While some companies consider the compliance team a cost that impedes business, the opposite is actually true - automating compliance can yield a return on your investment (ROI)....

Can Logistics Industry Breach Great Wall of China?
China is evolving from an export-driven manufacturing economy to a more balanced consumer-driven developed economy, and its logistics landscape is under pressure to adapt, according to new research by Jones Lang LaSalle. China’s evolution has driven three key trends: the rise of the domestic middle class, rising wages and diminished cost advantages in manufacturing, as well as the rapid development of domestic infrastructure. And these trends are creating long-term opportunities for U.S. companies....

China's Economy Continues Its Slowdown, Affecting Companies Worldwide
China grew at its slowest pace in 31/2 years, the latest sign that the nation long famed for its economic miracle is still struggling to pull out of a steeper-than-expected slide.
The Chinese economy expanded 7.4 percent in the three months ended in September compared with the same period a year ago. That's a tick below...

Confidence Deteriorates in Health of Peak Shipping Season, Survey Suggests
The Stifel Nicolaus Logistics Confidence Index declined for the sixth consecutive month, according to the latest survey undertaken by Transport Intelligence. The index for both the current and expected situation combined registered 47.3 for the month, down from 47.6 in September.
Whilst the index for sea freight continued to fall, the index for airfreight increased for the first time since April. In terms of the current logistics situation...

A Measured Approach to Moving Into the Cloud
There’s a lot of hype about companies moving to the cloud, but are they actually doing it? Cloud adoption is not as rapid as some providers might lead you to think, but TEC data shows that interest in cloud computing is picking up. The 2012 TEC Market Survey Report for Discrete Manufacturing shows that cloud computing...

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