Supply chain kan niet zonder reverse logistics

Supply chain kan niet zonder reverse logistics Het is de nachtmerrie van iedere fabrikant: noodgedwongen producten terugroepen omdat ze een gevaar op kunnen zijn voor consumenten. Door een fout in het productieproces, een technisch mankement of omdat het product niet aan de kwaliteitseisen voldoet. Voorkomen is uiteraard beter dan genezen, maar de geschiedenis leert dat…

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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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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 Role of Technology in the Logistics Industry’s Evolution

“In the future, highly functional systems operating as a single application – covering every aspect of operations from pricing, order management, shipping, warehousing and transportation management – will emerge. These will be available as subscription services in the public ‘Cloud,’ accessible via a variety of computing platforms.” Ken Lyon, Managing Director of Virtual Partners Ltd   The functional…

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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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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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The Changing Face of Customs Compliance

Move over, death and taxes. There’s something else to add to the list of life’s certainties: customs and compliance regulations are never going to get less complicated. As the global marketplace expands and smaller countries start to flex their economic muscle, the rules that keep goods moving across borders are only going to get more…

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How Drop Shipping Can Boost Your Profits

The retail/wholesale industry is full of challenges – developing and maintaining loyal customers, meeting the omni-channel demands of finicky consumers, and having proper visibility into your supplier’s inventory, to name a few. And while you’re trying to meet these challenges, you’re expected to continue boosting profits. It can all seem rather daunting. So how can…

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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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