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Is Cash Replacing Inventory As a Hedge Against Supply-Chain Risk?

Is Cash Replacing Inventory As a Hedge Against Supply-Chain Risk?

Worried about managing supply-chain risk? All you need is cash.[more]


Online Shoppers Want Fast Delivery - But Still Aren't Willing to Pay for It

Online Shoppers Want Fast Delivery — But Still Arent Willing to Pay for It

More and more online shoppers want their stuff fast. But the economics of making that happen haven't changed.[more]


How REI's Green Obsession Sparked D.C. Innovations

How REI's Green Obsession Sparked D.C. Innovations

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.[more]


How Technology Is Boosting Risk Levels at Ports and Terminals

How Technology Is Boosting Risk Levels at Ports and Terminals

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.[more]


TPP: A New Era of Trade, or the Monster Spawn of Nafta?

TPP: A New Era of Trade, or the Monster Spawn of Nafta?

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.[more]


A Port With Too Much Container Space? Welcome to the Bizarro World

A Port With Too Much Container Space? Welcome to the Bizarro World

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.[more]


Global Trade Pacts Raise Unanswered Questions

Global Trade Pacts Raise Unanswered Questions

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.[more]


Reshoring From China Is a Done Deal - Sort Of

Reshoring From China Is a Done Deal – Sort Of

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.[more]


In Modern-Day Global Sourcing, Diversity Rules

In Modern-Day Global Sourcing, Diversity Rules

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.[more]


Has Container Shipping Become a Commodity?

Has Container Shipping Become a Commodity?

There was a time when ocean carriers fashioned themselves as providers of premium, door-to-door transportation. Not anymore.[more]


Container Shipping Today: Mega-Ships and Mega-Problems

Container Shipping Today: Mega-Ships and Mega-Problems

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?[more]


Manufacturing Capacity Is Leaving China. But Where's It Going?

Manufacturing Capacity Is Leaving China. But Where's It Going?

We've heard it before: manufacturing is leaving China and coming back to the West. But the reality isn't that simple.[more]


West Coast Port Congestion: A Lesson in Risk Management

West Coast Port Congestion: A Lesson in Risk Management

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.[more]


How Logistics Helps Whirlpool Stay Competitive

How Logistics Helps Whirlpool Stay Competitive

We speak incessantly about the impact of "consumer demand" on manufacturers' supply chains. But do we really understand what that term means?[more]


Memo to Megaports: These Guys Want Your Business

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...[more]


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