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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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 2

First Trend: Yield Dilution One of the longest term trends in the industry has been dilution of yields, which means that forwarders have to work harder to maintain their revenues. There are a number of reasons for this, including a shift in modes from air to sea. Global manufacturers have found ways in which to flex their…

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What is ‘Big Data’ and how can forwarders exploit it?

“Large collections of operational data. Integrity must be confirmed before it can be exploited. Conclusions based on incorrect data are worthless.” Ken Lyon, Managing Director of Virtual Partners Ltd A supply chain can generate huge amounts of data as orders and shipments pass along it. At each stage, data is entered, validated and often combined or…

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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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How to Thwart the Growing Menace of Cargo Theft

While piracy on the high seas regularly makes headlines, the inland version – cargo theft – has quietly been on the rise for years. One needs to look no further than the FBI, which began tracking cargo theft statistics a few years ago after recognizing its impact on the economy – and realizing it also…

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TMS: Time to Make Your Move?

Kewill’s Walt Heil talks to Inbound Logistics about the benefits of a cloud-based TMS – as well as the changing face of the supply chain workforce. “Millennials don’t use desktop computers, and they don’t use laptops,” he says. “The era of the big office of cubicles with PCs for people who are running freight departments…

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The Myths and Realities of Implementing a TMS

As companies grow and expand their geographic footprint by procuring and selling goods around the globe, supply chains naturally become larger and more complex. As such, a savvy supply chain manager will often look to deploy a transportation management system [TMS] to plan and run the company’s transport operations. Unfortunately there are some lingering myths…

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Google Looking to Make Delivery Drivers a Thing of the Past

Whither the good old fashioned delivery guy? For some time now Amazon has been promising to shake up last mile delivery by dispatching a squadron of drones to the skies. Now its Silicon Valley rival Google has barged into the conversation by securing a patents for an “automous delivery platform” – a driverless truck that…

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Managing the Complexities of Parcel Shipping

In case you weren’t able to listen in, I got together last week for a webcast with Talking Logistics’ Adrian Gonzalez to discuss how to deal with the complexities of parcel shipping as part of a broader supply chain strategy. Parcel is becoming more important for manufacturers and retailers due to the rapid growth of…

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