Local Sourcing, Global Supply Chain

BluJay Solutions

The recent announcement by Google-owned Motorola Mobility that all new Moto X smartphones sold in the US will be manufactured in Texas, highlights the continued importance of the global supply chain and role of freight forwarders and logistics services providers (LSPs) in successful local sourcing strategies. The post Local Sourcing, Global Supply Chain appeared first on Kewill Corporate.

Energy efficiency: Are fossil fuels or renewables the more reliable source?

USC Consulting Group

By just about every measure, natural resources such as these are significantly more efficient than legacy sources like coal, natural gas and oil. “Which energy source gets you the most power delivery for your investment dollar? ” It raises an interesting question, however: Which energy source is the most efficient of them all? Germany is hoping that by 2030, approximately two-thirds of its energy will derive from sources like wind and solar.

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Study Shows Two-Thirds of Companies Yet to Execute Digital Transformation in Supply Chain Planning

ToolsGroup

and HOUSTON, Tex. A North American-based survey of nearly 200 supply chain professionals from top CPG, distribution/wholesale, food and beverage, manufacturing, and retail companies found that 58% of respondents are still in the exploring or evaluating phases of digital transformation. Founded in 2002, Spinnaker has offices in Boston, Columbus, Denver, Houston, Memphis, Pittsburgh, London, and Singapore. PRESS RELEASE.

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Letter from the CEO: Coronavirus Market Update

Transplace

The major lanes between Houston/LA (I-10 Corridor), Chicago/Ohio, NJ/Eastern PA, and Atlanta remains the same with ample capacity however lead times have shortened. Carmakers and electronic manufacturers in South Korea and Japan are reporting production line shutdowns. Port of Houston is experiencing equipment shortages. Cast a wider net to source capacity for a “better safe than sorry” approach due to unknown surge volumes.

Enabling Innovation Groups To Sell More Effectively to Operations Leaders

ThroughPut

We do it throughout entire industries, enabling leaders to smooth-out their Supply Chains, lean-out their Logistics, optimize their Operations, and maximize their Manufacturing throughput, all with their existing teams and often disaggregated data sources. Wouldn’t you do the same for a cancer cure, or a near 100% efficient engine (yes, I know the Carnot Cycle), or 23% less manufacturing waste, if you were Pfizer, Volkswagen, or ArcelorMittal, for example?

Renegade Riposte

Supply Chain Shaman

After, I explained this, I granted Peter permission for the council to use the Index (the use of the Supply Chain Insights content follows the principles of open source), I then said to Peter, “I am glad that you called. The supply chain has two buffers: inventory and manufacturing excess capacity. Today, most companies do not have excess manufacturing capacity: they have either outsourced manufacturing or increased the asset utilization of their manufacturing assets.

Supply Chain Impact of Hurricane Harvey Could Be Worse than Expected

Material Handling & Logistics

to the region of Texas that was affected by Hurricane Harvey, and 300 of them are in the Houston vicinity. First, Hurricane Harvey, which formed on August 24 as a Tropical Storm in the Gulf of Mexico, soon strengthened into a massive Category 4 Hurricane and stalled over a commercially vital region of Texas, dumping record levels of rain, as much as 52 inches in some regions, causing widespread and extensive flooding in the Houston and surrounding low-lying areas.

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Conducting Business in India? Chances Are that You Could Be by 2025

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Congested ports, complicated regulations, less than optimal modal capacity, undesirable taxation regimes, dilapidated roads, and overall operational inefficiencies are constant sources of anxiety within the business community. The only reliable mechanism to create lots of jobs is large scale manufacturing, which is driven by exports. There are three countries that conduct in excess of 500 billion dollars of bilateral trade with the United States.

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How to Expand Your Global Shipping to Meet Growing Indian Markets

CH Robinson Logistics

Congested ports, complicated regulations, less than optimal modal capacity, undesirable taxation regimes, dilapidated roads, and overall operational inefficiencies are constant sources of anxiety within the business community. The only reliable mechanism to create lots of jobs is large scale manufacturing, which is driven by exports. There are three countries that conduct in excess of 500 billion dollars of bilateral trade with the United States.

Answering the Call in Times of Disaster

Material Handling & Logistics

Behind the scenes during the tumultuous disaster season of 2017, building materials manufacturers leaned heavily on dynamic digital tools to supply recovery efforts. The urgent phone call to the building materials manufacturer came as yet another hurricane was churning its way toward landfall during the record storm season of 2017. Recent estimates suggest that Hurricane Harvey destroyed a minimum of 100,000 homes in the Houston-Beaumont, Texas, area.

Global Vendor Management: What It Is & Why It’s Essential for Your Shipping Strategy

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Consider this: global sourcing, manufacturing, and sales are advancing rapidly, leaving technology providers in the tough position of playing catch up. Imagine you are at your desk in Houston and you need to determine whether a completed order left the warehouse in China. All freight in a vendor assembly program is sourced for a single company.

New Panama Canal Options: Running the Numbers with a TMS

TMC

The trade-offs are especially critical for destinations in a “battleground” region that stretches from Detroit in the north to Houston in the south. Modern TMS solutions are designed to help shippers make such trade-offs, with analytics platforms that take data from multiple sources and present the shipper with a single access point for calculating total landed cost. New Panama Canal Options: Running the Numbers with a TMS.Connect by TMC.

SCRC Meeting Insights Part II: Management Principles for Executing Visibility Strategies

NC State SCRC

The problem in most supply chains is “not enough data”, because data is being created from machines, from people, from systems, and from external sources. Often the sources of information are hidden in piles of data that we don’t think about. Companies like Flex are looking for ways to integrate vertically, not just on product manufacturing, but also in terms of how to collaborate better to drive more efficiency.

Get Your Supply Chain Back on Track in the Wake of the Hurricanes

Material Handling & Logistics

While the eye of the storms have passed (we hope; the latest news is that Tropical Storm Nate could develop into a hurricane this weekend), their effects will be felt for months to come, particularly as they caused closures at major ports including the Port of San Juan, the Port of Houston, the Port of Miami, Port Everglades and the Port of Savannah. Companies have an even smaller margin of error than usual entering peak season, due to the ripple effect of the recent hurricanes.

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26 logistics professionals reveal the biggest trends in logistics technology

6 River Systems

RFID tags and robotic warehouse systems generate and transmit data that, when combined with other data sources, allow companies to optimize the supply chain and make better predictions and forecasts to improve efficiency and boost the bottom line. They can also be used to track the provenance of adulterated products to identify the source. “Data science can bring great gains for…” Logistics efforts of retailers and manufacturers.

Flatbed Demand Skyrockets. Why?

DAT Solutions

Fossil fuels aren’t the only energy source fueling flatbed demand. The map below shows where the largest parts of wind turbines are manufactured. As you can see, Texas is a hotbed of activity for wind energy manufacturing. It’s no surprise that Texas has the top three markets for spot market flatbed freight in the country: Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth. Source: American Wind Energy Association.

Perspectives on the Global Trade Environment: A Panel Discussion

NC State SCRC

The goal is to create redundant sources based on supplier-specific and country-of-origin, to ensure that each product category has redundancy as a form of insurance on the supply chain. Even if AAP or other auto part companies wanted to move production, there is no manufacturing capacity in the US or anywhere else, so creating redundancy in this case is very difficult. Andrew Partis shared his views from ThermoFisher, a global contrat manufacturer for the pharmaceutical industry.

Are You a Joint Employer of Your 3PL’s Contract Workers? Thoughts on NLRB Decision in Browning-Ferris Case

Talking Logistics

Are manufacturers and retailers “joint employers” of the contract workers hired by their third-party logistics (3PL) partners? The Houston-based company hired Leadpoint Business Services to staff a recycling facility in California. The following infographic from the article outlines the structure of many 3PL-customer relationships with regards to temporary labor: Source: Infographic by Chris Spurlock, from [link].

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This Week in Logistics News (August 28 – September 1, 2017)

Talking Logistics

Port Houston Container Terminals to Resume Operations Friday (WSJ – sub. LevaData to Transform Strategic Sourcing for Global Procurement and Supply Chain Leaders. The rains and winds of Tropical Storm Harvey are over, but the impact of the storm on the residents of Houston and the surrounding areas will continue for some time. August is usually a quiet month for supply chain and logistics news, but not this year, especially the past couple of weeks.