Twenty years after NAFTA, the failure of member countries to invest in adequate border infrastructure is catching up with us. To reverse the drag on our competitiveness, North America needs an infrastructure bank. To this end, Canada should join and lead the transformation of the North American Development Bank.
Logistics "must generate the necessary platform of opportunities so that firms can widely develop their activities through efficient logistics networks," according to Santiago Bassols, director of Barcelona Catalunya Centre LogÃstic (BCL).
One of the most important challenges facing the government today is ensuring that Taiwan is not left on the sidelines as the Asia-Pacific region moves toward greater economic integration. This goal can only be achieved by further strengthening ties with major trading partners and hammering out state-of-the-art economic and investment pacts.
Slowly and steadily, a handful of Indian aerospace companies are getting absorbed into the global supply chain of OEMs. For instance, in the opto-electronics segment, the new Samtel-Thales Avionics joint venture "plans to become the first electro-optic house in the country," said executive director Puneet Kaura. By 2015, the company intends to supply the infrared search and track system as standard equipment for the Dassault Rafale fighter for the Indian Air Force. Meanwhile, the Thales-Bharat Electronics surface radar joint venture is on track and will be fully operational by March, said Eric Lenseigne, Thales's country head for India. "Offsets at a later stage could be a possibility."
Slow-moving merchandise is one of the many nightmares an online retailer has to consider - and a problem that needs to be addressed. Non-moving inventory stresses both retailers' operations and budgets because it ties up both precious warehouse space and capital that can be used for other products or business expansion.