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Four Reasons to be Thankful for Supply Chain Managers

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to take a moment and think about what you appreciate most in life, especially the people with whom you rely on. Being a supply chain manager isn’t easy; they are the first ones to take the heat when a delivery doesn’t show up on time or when…

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A Whole New World: Is Digitalization the Answer?

Just a decade ago, it would have been unthinkable to be able to generate revenue without any assets. Yet, some of the world’s largest companies today do just that; Uber does not own taxis, Airbnb does not own real estate and Facebook does not create content.

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There is only one Boss… and it’s not Tech

Technological change has always been at the heart of human progress, and as we all know, business is all about progress. The last few years have seen a massive wave of digitization sweep across entire industries. Still, amidst this wave of disruption, one constant remains – the customer.

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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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e-Commerce: The Biggest Driver of Change and Growth in Supply Chain & Logistics

Over the past few years, we have witnessed the meteoric rise of e-Commerce as a global platform, in particular driven by millennials (like me!) and the ubiquitous smart phones. This is compounded by the shift to Web 2.0, social media and online shopping. While the retail and logistics infrastructure supporting the sector is relatively stable, the increase in demand has put all logistics players under pressure.

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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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