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May 23, 2024

Grilling Season: How Logistics Visibility Helps the Food and Beverage Industry Deliver

Summer is right around the corner, and that means weekends and holidays filled with social activities. A trio of federal holidays in the U.S. (Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day) allows us to host or attend parties with our friends and family. Parents pile the kids into the car to take road trips, invite people over for cookouts in the warm weather, or head to a nearby beach or campground with coolers in hand. Maybe more so than any other season, it seems like summer is the time for food and beverages to be the stars of the show.

Consumer packaged goods
August 13, 2021

“Open the Gates. We Need More”: How Governments Control the Flow of Goods through Regulations

Soybeans are a high-volume commodity, especially for China, the largest importer of soybeans in the world. China imports around 90% of its soybeans from the United States, Brazil and a few other nations. In the first six months of 2021, China imported a record 48.95 million tons, up nearly nine percent over last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service reported that global soybean exports reached record levels, grossing the second-highest value ever at $7.7 billion.

August 12, 2021

What Does “AI” Even Mean?

My last blog post about artificial intelligence (AI) covered some of the technology’s history, including how engineers, scientists, writers and readers all understood the rise of AI would change everything.

August 12, 2021

The Three Ages of Channels

Sales channels have always been evolving. Historically there were middlemen. More recently, there were influencers. Now, the world is entering the third age of channels: the ecosystems. Each age builds on the previous one, adding new nuances, models and demands at an accelerating speed. Businesses that understand this evolution and embrace or even drive it stand to gain a first-mover advantage and capture customers and partners alike.

July 30, 2021

Pharmaceutical and Life Science Manufacturing: Are You in Control?

Modernizing your supply chain is a worthy goal, and for pharmaceutical and life science companies, a big part of modernization is to outsource manufacturing and other business functions to various trading partners across the supply chain. There are many good reasons to do so. Benefits include cost savings, efficiency, specialized manufacturing capabilities and operational productivity enhancements. Companies should evaluate their core competencies and outsource where it makes the most business sense.

July 15, 2021

“You’re going to be audited”: Automating Your Compliance Audit

Hearing the unwelcome words, “You’re going to be audited,” always sends folks into a frenzy and a flurry of activity. Customs organizations all around the globe have become more and more explicit about their intent to audit every exporter and importer at some point in time.

July 15, 2021

Good Governance Starts at Home

If your company engages in global trade, you know that you have no choice but to screen every party to an export transaction. Government agencies require you to “know your customer”— as well as the banks, carriers and freight forwarders in your logistics ecosystem.

July 1, 2021

The International Language of Trade Gets an Update: Harmonized System Revisions Published

Change is good but often challenging. This is especially true when massive changes occur to regulatory data that affect international commerce. Yet a mammoth change in regulatory guidance occurs every five years that affects everyone moving goods globally.

July 1, 2021

New Options to Overcome Ocean Capacity Shortages for Shippers and Forwarders

Supply chain students worldwide will someday study the “COVID-19 years” with a magnifying glass as intensely as the Industrial Revolution.

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