Logistics Services Providers Shift Investment Focus Outside BRIC Markets

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The emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China that make up the ‘BRIC’ acronym continue to forge ahead. Many manufacturers are seeking alternatives to BRIC countries, in particular China, as part of their future sourcing strategies.


Handfield’s Supply Chain Analytics Predictions for 2014

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In particular, the focal BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) represent major targets for expansion, but with them come a host of new problem that enterprises have little to no experience in dealing with in terms of logistics capabilities. Such providers understand domestic transportation issues, and can plan to develop long-term solutions to complex local distribution challenges. 2013 has certainly been an interesting year!

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Nike’s Global E-Commerce Distribution Center in Leuven Belgium


Containers arrive at the port of Antwerp, and are transported by truck to a nearby inland terminal (BCTN) which is next door. In turn, these containers sit for about 5 days before being transported to the Nike distribution center next door and stocked inside the DC.

Why Global Trade Agreements must be part of your supply chain planning: Guest Post by Tim Barnes


He has put together some great advice here about how the TPP is going to dramatically impact the supply chain landscape in the near future… Supply chain decision makers play a continuous game of identifying what and where to source raw materials, the most cost effective location for assembly, and the most efficient structure of their transportation network, to achieve the ultimate goal of low COGS, good quality and delivery to their customer base in an efficient timeframe.

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Is Walmart Really Ready to Take on Logistics In India?

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The story highlights some of the findings of our recent global logistics study,which found that logistics infrastructure is one of the most challenging issues, particularly for retailers who are expanding into BRIC countries such as India. This is certainly the case illustrated by Walmart’s exploits in India, as a world-class supply chain confronts the realities of roads and transport conditions in India.

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How to Plan for Common Disruptors in Ocean Freight

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BRICS summit. The 9 th annual BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) summit is being held in Xiamen September 3-5, 2017 (the summit location rotates between its member countries). Peak season for ocean freight shipping is underway.

UPS Executive Shares Insights on Total Cost of Ownership in the Electronics Supply Chain

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This is all done by real-time scanning with agreed on scan points, including the transfer from their dock at the plant, transport to the airport, turnover to the carrier, loading onto the plane, another transmission on wheels up (showing if the plane is behind), and the technology wrapped around all of these scans and systems has a cost to be wrapped around that. Ken Torok came to my class on Monday evening, and provided a delightful discussion on total cost of ownership.

Jason Schenker’s Views on 2014 Economic Events

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Long-term secular oil futures will continue to grow, and the demand for oil will continue to grow due to the demand for transportation fuel. BRIC Supply Chain Forecasting Global Supply Chain Sales and Operations Planning Supply chain analytics Supply Chain Economics Supply Chain Management Supply Market Intelligence Supply Chain Economic Jason Schenker from Prestige Economics provided some insights into where we are headed in the global economy at the SCRC meeting today.

Near-Shoring Trend a Cause for Celebration and Concern for Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) & Air Carriers

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LSPs and freight forwarders will need to expand their visibility offerings, for example using visibility solutions such as those provided by Kewill, to cover all of the components required to finalize goods for packaging and onward multimodal transportation to their final destination for sale.


The Growing Fragmentation of Global Trade: Guest Post by Tim Barnes


Supply chains naturally take advantage of efficiency and cost advantages and over the centuries, as transportation methods, technology and global knowledge improved, there has been a drive to take advantage of each and every step. Raw materials are sourced from one country, products are manufactured in another country, and the final goods are transported to customers all over the world. Globalization and supply chains have been tied at the hip over the course of history.

How to Plan for Common Disruptors in Ocean Freight

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Rapid Change is Driving the Automotive Industry – Part I

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Mobility changes will affect urban transportation because of too much traffic or to address environmental issues. Transportation infrastructure is also a big issue globally for some of the most important markets that the car makers are entering. In fact, we joke that BRIC should actually mean Better Rail Infrastructure and Customs. The BRIC countries and the other markets are slightly less mature markets.

Collaboration: The New Battle Cry of Supply Chain

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Take for example the BRIC nations and the impact this region has across the global economy. In fact, all of the BRIC countries are now in the top 10 economies, with Brazil at 9, Russia at 6, India at 4 and China 2nd.

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Off Shore, Near Shore, Any Shore: Multi-Country Customs Continues to Challenge Global Supply Chain

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Patterns of global trade are shifting… According to the WTO , growth of merchandise exports is greater in BRIC countries than in NAFTA or the European Union at 4.5%, while the highest growth in imports was recorded by Africa and the Middle East - 11.5% & 8.0%


Made in America: What it Means to the Country


Even more, that 12 million figure doesn’t include the jobs created in the transportation of components and finished goods. Among the BRIC nations, manufacturing executives expressed optimism for only China and India by 2020. You probably know that imported products are cheaper.

What’s New in 2015 for the supply chain world? See 2014?s predictions.

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While it seemed like many companies would be moving more towards the BRIC countries, global events have proven this uptake to be relatively slow. With Amazon and others going to same day deliveries, the e-commerce boom is making transportation and delivery infrastructure more difficult to navigate. Last year around this time I made a lot of predictions about what 2014 would hold in store…Let’s revisit some of these, and see what has happened (or what hasn’t!)


Freight In The Year Of The Monkey


While China’s domestic transport infrastructure is ranked high on global indices (e.g. On February 15th, 2016, the first freight train from China reached the capital of Iran, shaving 30 days off the standard port-to-port transport time. Image Source: Brics-Info.org.

Three Reasons Why I Love Hadoop, and You Should Too!

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Is this a sign of a looming recession or a transportation opportunity? The growth expectations of the BRIC countries is worrisome. Digital manufacturing, cold chain technologies, robotics, transportation telematics have one thing in common. The elephants are coming!