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July 08, 2024

Is Nearshoring to Mexico the Right Fit for Your Organization?

For decades, China has represented the pinnacle of global trade. As companies around the world began offshoring manufacturing to China to cut costs, the country emerged as an international export leader. However, recent trade patterns signal a changing tide in global supply chain dynamics. In 2023, Mexico became the US’s top trader, outpacing China for the first time in 20 years. The shift reflects an emerging trend called nearshoring, where companies bring production hubs closer to their main markets. Doing so helps cut supply chain costs, reduce logistical hurdles, and swiftly respond to changing market conditions and consumer demand. During the first three quarters of 2023, foreign companies invested 47 percent more in nearshoring efforts in Mexico, mostly focused on the auto sector.

February 21, 2023

Retail Supply Chains Focus on Supply Diversification and AI

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.

January 30, 2023

Achieve Your Business Outcomes with a Parcel Multi-Carrier Shipping Software

For businesses whose shipping needs have evolved, making the decision to invest in a more robust shipping solution can be an important one. Many sophisticated parcel shipping solutions offer a range of capabilities that plug gaps or provide upgrades to the complex framework of a global enterprise organization.

January 20, 2023

Building a Healthy Relationship between ESG and Your Supply Chain

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) topics have dominated the thoughts and minds of the investment community, board members, and executives for years. It’s not a surprise. The principles of ESG inherently lower risk and help optimize operations that support better long-term financial returns. No longer considered a “nice to have,” ESG is a key ingredient to every business’s long-term strategy and to unlocking long-term success and prosperity— including at e2open.

January 3, 2023

The Expected Impact of the 21st Century Customs Framework

The long-awaited changes by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to modernize trade through the 21st Century Customs Framework (21CCF) are soon likely to be law. The impact will be substantial and widespread, using technology, transparency, and seamless data sharing to improve the flow of legitimate trade while targeting and enforcing compliance against unfair trade practices and high-risk importers. These changes will also have major implications for licensed customs brokers and U.S. importers of all types and sizes. Don’t be caught unaware!

December 19, 2022

The Next Normal in Logistics: Looking ahead into 2023

In January 2022, the world entered another year of living and working in the Covid-19 pandemic and the major changes that came with it. The collective machine of makers, movers, and sellers that keep global commerce going sought sage advice from analysts to brace for what might come next. As the single largest disruption in modern history, the pandemic was also the most extensive stress test of economies, businesses, and supply chains worldwide. It is important to note that the pandemic did not create new weaknesses. Rather it accentuated existing fractures within organizations, processes, and systems — often to the point of failure.

December 16, 2022

The Rail Report, December 2022: When to Consider Rail as Part of a Holistic Transportation Approach

With increased pressure placed on supply chains over the past few years, transportation technology solutions for railroads, shippers, logistics providers, and railcar lessors present an attractive opportunity for supply chain innovation. On any given day, more than 40% of all goods in North America travel on a freight railroad.

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...

November 11, 2022

Overcoming Manufacturing Challenges with Connected Manufacturing Solutions

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.

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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