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More and more online shoppers want their stuff fast. But the economics of making that happen haven't changed.
Companies seek to burnish their brands in a variety of creative ways. In the case of Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), that desire extends deep into the supply chain.
Without question, technology has been a boon to global trade. But it's also responsible for raising the risk factor at every stage of the supply chain - and especially at ports and terminals.
Can we predict the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by examining the track record of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta)? Well, maybe.
In the Superman comics, the Bizarro World is a planet where normal people and events become strangely inverted. Which, in the world of global trade and supply chain, appears to be happening with increasing regularity.
Negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership have at long last come to a successful end. But ratification of the agreement is far from assured - and some key questions remain to be answered.
Companies shifting manufacturing from China back to the U.S.? That's old news. Given the recent economic setbacks in the Chinese economy, however, you have to wonder whether the trend will continue.
The dynamics that have long favored China as the world's center of low-cost manufacturing are changing. And no one - not even China - seems to have a problem with that.
There was a time when ocean carriers fashioned themselves as providers of premium, door-to-door transportation. Not anymore.
If we're to believe the big container lines, ever-larger ships are the remedy for their financial woes. Why, then, are so many of them still losing money?
We've heard it before: manufacturing is leaving China and coming back to the West. But the reality isn't that simple.
Argue all you want about the reasons behind gridlock at U.S. West Coast ports, but one conclusion is inescapable: it proves the need for effective supply-chain risk management.
We speak incessantly about the impact of "consumer demand" on manufacturers' supply chains. But do we really understand what that term means?
The reshoring of manufactured goods from Asia to North America is bound to take some import business away from U.S. ports. But there are other developing threats to the continued dominance of gateways like Los Angeles-Long Beach - specifically, a couple of upstarts to the north and south.It's not a...