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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

August 3, 2022

Here’s How CBP is Changing its Management of Forced Labor with New Technology

Whether through the 21st Century Customs framework and legislative mandates or the use of new technologies, modernization is the theme in the fight against terrorism and an advanced move towards compliant trade.

August 1, 2022

Building business resilience with a connected supply chain

Every company in the world operates as part of an ecosystem of interdependent entities...

July 21, 2022

“No, Alexa.” E-commerce weighs heavily on parcel shipping

While deep in thought about the article I just read on WSJ Online about the anticipated surge of inbound shipments finally arriving from Asia and expecting to flood North American ports with chaos, I hear an oddly familiar female voice in the living room asking me a question.

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