The U.S. chip industry says as much as $50 billion in federal incentives will be needed to halt a decades-long trend of manufacturing moving overseas as China spends heavily to become a leading semiconductor producer.
Omnitracs, a provider of SaaS-based fleet management and data analytics solutions, and SmartDrive, a provider of video-based safety and transportation intelligence, recently announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Omnitracs to acquire SmartDrive.
Automation was proceeding at a rapid pace in many factories and warehouses before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Now, however, concerns over worker health, the need for social distancing, and the relentless push for cost-cutting are accelerating the progress of robots for order fulfillment.
Boris Johnson’s officials are urgently working to avert a major border crisis when the U.K. leaves the European Union’s trade regime, amid warnings vital government IT systems may not be ready in time.
A strange phenomenon has emerged near Amazon delivery stations and Whole Foods stores: smartphones dangling from trees. Contract delivery drivers are putting them there to get a jump on rivals seeking orders.
AIT Worldwide Logistics has introduced an economical large parcel delivery service with no appointment and no signature required in response to new fees and surcharge increases recently instituted by major parcel carriers.
DHL Global Forwarding, the freight forwarding specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has launched an air freight charter connecting Asia Pacific to Europe and the U.S. to meet demand from customers in the technology, manufacturing and life sciences and healthcare sectors.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched IATA ONE Source, an online platform that enables the air cargo industry to match shipping needs with the availability of infrastructure capabilities and certifications of service providers.
A. Duie Pyle, a provider of asset and non-asset based transportation and supply chain solutions in the Northeast, recently announced the opening of its highly anticipated integrated logistics center near Hagerstown, Maryland and its plans to increase the warehouse capacity with the addition of a 100,000-square-foot facility – totaling over 300,000 square feet in warehouse space on the campus.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:00 to Wednesday, September 30, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time
For the foreseeable future, businesses and other organizations are going to have to tighten their belts and weather the coronavirus and its subsequent economic downturn.
One simple way to reduce operational costs and increase efficiencies is to implement cloud-based EDI.
Join EDI expert, Tomasz Spluszka as he shares a real-world case study about how Bic harmonized the many different EDI systems they were using across 16 different countries. You will also gain insight into transforming your organization's document exchange processes to a cloud-based solution.
You will learn:
Which type of EDI is best for your organization: On-Premise Solutions or Cloud EDI?
Many companies are still using on-premise EDI solutions that were deployed many years ago and are based on outdated technology. Find out which type of EDI is best for your organization by weighing the advantages and disadvantages of each.
How to keep your EDI system up to date with ease.
EDI systems are constantly evolving; it is not as simple as set and forget. Partners may leave your network while new partners may be added and EDI flows may change. Learn how to keep your EDI current.
How you can harmonize your EDI system while also simplifying it and reducing costs.
One of the biggest challenges to a multinational company’s EDI system is a fragmented environment. Having different EDI solutions in place can make it difficult to exchange data seamlessly.
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 12:00 to Wednesday, November 18, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time
Some would point to the fact that four times a year, 13 weeks spans an entire quarter, good start. All too often it is a horizon that most companies have established as their Master Scheduling planning horizon.
This webinar breaks the thirteen week horizon into discussion points and maps out what the challenges and decisions are at key points within 13 weeks. Once you've developed a Master Schedule, the next step is to share its output for the company to utilize these plans over the horizon.
During this webinar, we will take this supply side process and show you how to integrate it with the Commercial and Product Development teams, leading to enriched discussion, enhanced integration, and financial stability in your company's short term projections.
Join SupplyChainBrain and Oliver Wight to learn:
• Communicating the Master Schedule in a weekly format
• Role of the Master Schedule within Integrated Tactical Planning
• Integration points across the Master Schedule
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 12:00 to Sunday, November 1, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time
The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) took effect on July 1, 2020, replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which had been in place since 1994.
The USMCA retains most core NAFTA provisions, but with updates and revisions affecting industries and businesses with varying degrees of severity. Some businesses will notice hardly any differences at all, while others, most notably the automotive sector, will be significantly affected. The new trade agreement also modernizes the North American trade relationship, with new provisions for digital trade and intellectual property, and incentives directed at small/medium-sized businesses.
Join Livingston International and Purolator International for this webinar to gain an understanding of the specifics of the USMCA, and opportunities for U.S. businesses in the Canadian market.
You will learn:
• Specific regulatory and policy implications, including the elements of NAFTA left in place, new USMCA provisions, documentation/compliance procedures and recordkeeping requirements.
• E-commerce/Retail opportunities resulting from a change in Canada's de minimis threshold value, and relaxed customs requirements for low-value shipments.
• Potential duty savings achieved by rerouting U.S. imports arriving from Asia or Europe.
• Lifting of the "cloud of uncertainty" that hung over the U.S./Canada trade relationship in recent years.
• Revised automotive requirements, intended to boost sales among U.S. parts suppliers.
• Provisions designed specifically to encourage small businesses to engage in cross border trade.
You will leave the webinar with a greater understanding of the USMCA's key provisions, along with insight about how your business could—and should—take advantage of these new opportunities.
Michael Zobin, Director, Global Trade Consulting, Quebec and Atlantic Regions (Canada), Livingston International
Paul Tessy, Senior Vice President, Purolator International
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 12:00 to Thursday, October 22, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time
In today's environment every aspect of transportation is facing challenges. Shippers are presented with load coverage limitations, routing decisions and capacity challenges. Not to mention the feat to maintain safe working environments via no contact processes. Flexible technology can help you stay safe, find load coverage and carrier capacity.
Join SupplyChainBrain and BluJay Solutions in this one hour webinar to learn about:
- The current climate of COVID-19 and the impact it continues to have on the supply chain
- How you can implement no contact check in and check out processes for the warehouse
- Technology that can help shippers find capacity and carriers find loads
- Examples of shippers taking advantage of managed transportation services to keep their product moving and on the shelves
Brian Zirbes, Business Product Owner, BluJay Solutions
Steve Williamson, Director, Solution Consulting, BluJay Solutions
The majority of manufacturing companies manage planning through two separate teams. Finance assembles budgets and capital requirements. The operations team balances supply and demand and calculates future capacity and supply needs. In volatile times the operations team mitigates emerging risks or capitalizes on unanticipated opportunities. Through such periods the financial and operations plans often diverge, sometimes dramatically.
But serving two disparate plans is like driving your car with two GPS navigation devices giving you verbal directions to two different destinations in two foreign languages.
Supply chain management is under increasing pressure to align with companies’ strategic plans. Finance is traditionally responsible for corporate strategy alignment. For Supply Chain to better support corporate strategy it must first align itself with Finance - specifically financial planning. Supply chain planning can no longer function independently. In these challenging times and forever going forward, supply chain planning is about identifying and activating the most profitable strategies from many potential scenarios.
For this to work supply chain management must understand the language of finance. And finance should at least grasp the basics of operations-speak, when it comes to melding the two plans. When a supply chain practitioner performs plan analysis, she compares plans based on metrics such as service level attainment, inventory levels and resource utilization. Supply chain management’s timeframe commonly extends three to four months. Finance, on the other hand, focuses on cash flow, which drives revenue, profit, working capital, and budget maintenance. Finance’s purview are the fiscal year and current fiscal terms.
A unified, evolving operations/financial plan is one of the critical ingredients for achieving supply chain resilience. To learn how to connect the operations and financial plans - and align planning models, planning horizons, and key metrics - to march as one with Finance and upper management - read Bridge the Gulf Between Supply Chain Planning and Finance.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, many U.S. businesses had begun to realize it was time to move some of their manufacturing out of China, and back home to North America. Multiple factors were involved, including increased labor costs for Chinese workers, political uncertainty, and an escalating U.S.-China trade war.
Home Depot, Polaris, Victoria's Secret and Carter's are among the companies that announced plans — pre-pandemic — to return a portion of their manufacturing to North America. Also on this list was Hasbro, which had previously returned manufacture of Play-Doh, a truly iconic American brand, back to Massachusetts.
As managers rethink their supply chains, many will come to realize the tremendous opportunities that exist just north of the border, in Canada. The Canadian medical device market, for example, is the eighth largest in the world, and boasts multiple life sciences clusters that lead the world in certain types of research and development. Canada's thriving technology industry includes five public-private super clusters focused on different aspects of tech innovation. Canada's automobile industry is a vital part of the U.S. market. The Canadian Vehicle Manufacturer's Association notes, for example, that a typical vehicle manufactured in North America crosses the border about seven times before the final assembly process.
There's a lot to consider in building a Canadian logistics strategy. But whether a business is new to that market or has an established presence, the challenges remain the same. And so do the solutions. Read Success in Canada Demands a Uniquely Canadian Logistics Strategy to learn more.