Global Supply Chain Management — December, 2012

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BLOG: Seers of the S.F. Roundtable Divine the Future of SCM
Two things you should never do on an empty stomach: shop for groceries, and predict the future. In the case of the latter, that must be a guiding principle of the San Francisco Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, which takes care to feed attendees before presenting its annual, much-anticipated predictions for the coming year and beyond.
For the fourth straight year, SFRT offered an after-dinner roster of Silicon Valley visionaries, whose speculations were subjected in real time to feedback from fellow panelists and audience members. Here, then, according to five industry experts and their on-site critics, is what supply-chain executives can expect to see in the months and years ahead....

OPINION: A Global Approach to Importing Products with Encryption
Numerous countries have implemented laws and regulations that control the importation of products with encryption. Complying with each country’s regulatory requirements is essential to doing business for multinational companies, but there are challenges associated with establishing a global process to meet country-unique requirements.
Countries may implement import controls for encryption products for reasons of national security and/or to protect the local economy. The need for a comprehensive compliance program that addresses all regulatory requirements is necessary to avoid...

Aligning Transportation With a Single Platform
Mike Mulqueen, senior director of product management at Manhattan Associates, talks about the advantages of integrating all aspects of transportation management onto a single platform and how the resulting holistic approach drives value at many levels.
After more than 20 years in the logistics business, Mulqueen says he still sees shippers struggling with the problem of “ships passing in the night.” This refers to an inbound truck passing an outbound truck, often with one of those trucks being empty, McQueen explains, adding that this is but one of the issues that results from inbound and outbound transportation being run in functional silos and on separate systems.
“There typically is a bifurcation, where companies have...

VIDEO: The Vital Importance of Last Mile Logistics
Using just any provider for delivery and installation can be foolhardy, says Will O'Shea, chief sales and marketing officer at 3PD. Customer satisfaction and brand image rely on a provider that has made the right technology investments.
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Sluggish, Uncertain Economic Growth in 2012 Expected to Continue Into 2013
Based on its modeling and country risk analytics, D+B predicts sluggish global growth will continue in many markets right into 2013.
Since the start of the recovery in 2009, D&B has downgraded the debt rating of 56 countries based on its comprehensive variables, with 32 in 2012 alone — the second-highest in its research history -- reflecting the instability and fragility of the global economy despite improvements in the business sector.
"Recovering from the Great Recession of 2008 continues to challenge global economies," said Paul Ballew, chief economist at D&B. "Against that backdrop, the speeds at which companies are shifting business operations, as they continue to restructure, create more efficiency and adaptability to better anticipate future economic conditions. In fact, according to our statistics, business financial health today tops pre-recession levels. Unfortunately these business gains are inhibited by social and political pressures at home and abroad, underscoring the interdependency of today's global economy." 2012 D&B Global Economic Outlook Year-end Report Highlights...

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