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September 26, 2022

“Hey, e-commerce Parcel Shippers: Is Your Carrier Network Ready for Peak Holiday Seasons?”

Planning for peak holiday seasons is an all-consuming task for major e-commerce shippers. While there are expectations for 2022 to be less disruptive than in recent years, e-commerce shippers must still be prepared. Organizations should have airtight plans for the stress that will come from demand on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the days that follow.

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December 7, 2022

Geo-Political Shifts and the Testy Global Trade Environment

History is remarkable, and the expression is true; it repeats itself. In a blog post five years ago, I wrote that the year would “go down in the record books as the year of changing trade regulations.” Here is an excerpt from that 2017 blog. “Tax and duty, preferential trade, import/export controls, and other complex laws are all under the regulator’s microscope in countries around the world, adding another layer of risk to global commerce. Organizations like the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), UK National Crime Agency (NCA) and others are working to ensure that businesses do not engage in bribery as a means to obtain or retain business. Numerous countries worldwide have passed anti-corruption laws, such as the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the UK Bribery Act, the Canadian Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), Chinese Anti-Corruption Laws, and more. Some laws do not distinguish between small and large bribery payments, thus prohibiting facilitat...

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November 11, 2022

Quality and sustainability: outsourced manufacturing in a world of disruption

While the goal of global sourcing and using outsourced manufacturing is to lower manufacturing costs, the increased complexity that comes from leveraging internal and external manufacturers brings significant challenges. Chief among these are the obstacles to managing visibility and control, obstacles that can negate financial benefits. For instance, when quality issues arise, the disconnected and far-flung nature of third-party manufacturing makes them hard to detect.

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November 3, 2022

Supply Sensing: Leverage AI to Mitigate Service Risks Due to Shortages

Recently, Adrian Gonzalez of Talking Logistics sat down with e2open's Mehmet Demirci to learn more about why companies are becoming more supply driven, and what the difference is between forecasting and sensing, and how AI plays a role. Here’s an excerpt from their conversation:

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October 27, 2022

What’s on Your Radar? How to Mitigate Supply Chain Disruption in the Wake of Severe Weather and Disasters

Whether it’s a hurricane, flood, wildfire, tsunami, or another type of severe weather or disaster, if you work in transportation or logistics, you are undoubtedly aware of the supply chain challenges that arise in the aftermath of such events.

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September 26, 2022

“Hey, e-commerce Parcel Shippers: Is Your Carrier Network Ready for Peak Holiday Seasons?”

Planning for peak holiday seasons is an all-consuming task for major e-commerce shippers. While there are expectations for 2022 to be less disruptive than in recent years, e-commerce shippers must still be prepared. Organizations should have airtight plans for the stress that will come from demand on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the days that follow.

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September 23, 2022

Supply chain traceability: Key to the world’s largest markets

Supply chain traceability has long been a niche need for companies that wanted extra quality control measures, sought to avoid import tariffs, or wanted to qualify their imports for preferential trade status. These are still important considerations, but traceability in the supply chain is gaining momentum to address other risks.

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August 23, 2022

Tracking and Reducing Transportation Emissions: Better Data, Better Decisions, and Better Compliance

Talk of greenhouse gas emissions seems to be everywhere today, from the shop floor to the boardroom. Not only do emissions factor heavily into the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics investors care about, but it looks ever-more-likely that being a carbon emitter will soon have a direct economic cost.

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August 22, 2022

Modern Channel 101 – Partner-Led Subscription Model

I was just reading another fascinating post from Jay MacBain: Subscription and Consumption Models Are Expandingand it made me ask: Why is the subscription model popularity increasing? Why is the number of partners actively selling increasing in this model? And what does it take to make it work for a company?

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August 15, 2022

5 Risks Associated with Traditional Freight Bill Payment Practices

Even though the summer heat wave tells you it’s not the time of year for retail store endcaps to be filled with Halloween candy corn, changing seasons can cause people to reflect on traditions. While many traditions produce warm memories, some belong in the past.

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