Choosing Software: Cheeseburger or Chicken Soup?

Do you remember the last time you had a Cheeseburger? It was quick, cheap and dirty. But it tasted so good. How about the last time you had a bowl of Chicken Soup? It probably did not feel as satisfying but it was healthy and felt wholesome for your mind and body. It is not always easy to make the best decision when confronted with tough choices. Choosing forwarding software, similarly, is a choice between a Cheeseburger and Chicken Soup.

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The Importance of Visibility in Your Supply Chain

As many supply chains involve a multitude of different partners, managing them is sometimes allocated to 4PLs or Lead Logistics Providers (LLPs). These organisations have overall responsibility for coordinating and managing all of the parties used to operate the supply chain on behalf of the principal or supply chain owner. The key to managing anything…

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Logistics Trends Part 3

Third Trend: Regionalization, Near-sourcing and Emerging Markets   In terms of changing patterns of goods flows, it seems that manufacturing and retailing is making a return from globalization to regionalization of supply chains. This involves a transformation from traditional East-West and West-East flows to complex networks of developed and emerging markets.   What is the evidence…

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Logistics Trends Part 1

Introduction In many respects the international freight forwarding sector has changed very little over the past few decades. A freight forwarder’s role is to facilitate the movement of goods around the world, acting on behalf of importers and exporters. In addition to dealing with Customs organizations, preparing documentation and finding the best, cheapest or quickest…

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New SOLAS Container Weight Requirements a Hefty Concern

In just six weeks, new maritime regulations aimed at making cargo ships safer are going to also make major waves for global shippers. To pile on the puns, it’s going to be a sea change for the industry. Here’s the deal: On July 1 new regulations from the International Maritime Organization go into effect requiring…

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A Five-Step Blueprint for 3PL Success

Companies are always on the lookout for ways to tweak their supply chain operations and make them more efficient. But 3PLs, in particular, face the unique challenge of regularly improving how they work with shippers, and, in the face of regular rate increases, finding new ways to reduce freight costs to keep prices down for…

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How to Tell if You Are Ready for ACE

When we started our “countdown to ACE” two years ago, the deadline for the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) for all goods transported into and out of the United States seemed far away. Now it’s dead ahead and coming up fast on February 28. The amount of work that went into preparing brokers for ACE was…

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16½ Supply Chain Predictions for 2016

Here’s a prediction we just know is going to come true. Next year at this time people will be writing – and reading – a slew of predictions articles/blogs/essays for 2017. Bank on it. Everyone loves predictions. Just look at you. Out of the gazillion other things you could be reading right now, you made…

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Plenty to be Thankful for in the Supply Chain Universe

Let’s face it: the supply chain world often gives off a glass-half-empty vibe. Companies tend to fixate on their shortcomings rather than celebrating their successes – and trying to learn from what they’re doing right. They lament poor performance, failure to execute or gaps in their strategy and spend a lot of time obsessing over…

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Ready? Set? No! – The ACE Race Gets Underway for Real

Last summer a collective sigh of relief was uttered when the United States Customs and Border Protection pushed back a key deadline for the Automated Commercial Environment [ACE] by four months. Under the new plan, the mandatory deadline for all electronic entry and entry summaries in ACE – which many were dreading – was pushed…

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No Crystal Ball Required: The Future of Freight Forwarding

Recently Kewill worked with Transport Intelligence to examine the state of the global freight forwarding industry. The resulting report, “The Future of Logistics – What Does the Future Hold for Freight Forwarders?” provides an in-depth look at the issues confronting forwarders across the globe – and offers helpful suggestions on what they need to do…

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