The Hanjin Effect: The end of shipping as we know it

Hanjin’s collapse could not have happened at a worse time, with cargo volume at near-peak levels ahead of the year-end holiday season. Uncertainty is permeating down the entire supply chain and paralysing the logistics industry. Without doubt, this is going to have a serious negative impact on the top and bottom lines of major retailers around the world.

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ACE & AES: Logistics Synonyms, Explained

For about a year now, you’ve seen us write post…after post…and after post on the delayed ACE deadlines. However, as of last month, ACE is now the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for processing electronic entry and entry summary filings of certain entry types.   While initial feedback and reporting on how the full digital transition process…

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Top Five Tips for 3PLs to Gain a Competitive Advantage in 2015

Preparing for the year ahead is an exercise just about every business undergoes this time of the year. But, 3PLs in particular have the unique challenge of constantly improving upon how they work with shippers, and, in the face of the FedEx/UPS rate changes coming in January, finding new ways to reduce freight costs to…

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Can the Cloud Solve Your Freight Forwarding Challenges?

In a business as dynamic and complex as freight forwarding, technology is crucial to maintaining efficient, flexible operations. For mid-sized and expanding small businesses that need to compete with larger providers, a cloud-based freight forwarding platform can deliver operational efficiency, end-to-end supply chain visibility and the speed and agility you need to maximize revenues and…

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What Impact Could Ebola Have on the Global Supply Chain?

One of the world’s most deadly diseases, killing up to 90% of people who contract it, the current outbreak of Ebola is widespread and causing panic on a global scale. It is decimating the populations of Western African countries, having claimed at least 2,811 lives to date. After the well-publicized scares over outbreaks of SARS…

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Is a Lack of Integration Holding the Supply Chain Back?

By now, everyone is surely aware that the straight-through processing of data not only automates key internal and external processes, but that it also virtually eliminates re-keying errors and saves a whole load of time and effort into the bargain. With the transportation of goods, in particular multimodal transportation, comes a huge volume of data…

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Countdown to ACE: Supply Chain Benefits of ACE

In the first of the Kewill Countdown to ACE blog series, we looked at what ACE will mean for customs brokers and the supply chain as a whole. Having established that the move to ACE is fundamental and far-reaching and will require wholesale changes to the processes used by many Customs brokers today, we now focus…

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Visibility the Key to Keeping Pace with Increasing Supply Chain Complexity

After years of continuous physical expansion, with mega-stores and mega-trucks having progressively replaced their supersized siblings and expansion of retailers’ high street presence a critical measure of their success, the retail supply chain is now adjusting to a wider and more diverse variety of just about everything. From channels, store formats, and types/sizes of vehicles…

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