Made in “I Really Don’t Know”

Talking Logistics

As first reported by Fairfax Media , a factory in North Korea has been making high-priced surf and snow gear for Australian surfwear company Rip Curl since at least 2014, with the garments labeled “Made in China.” We do not approve or authorise any production of Rip Curl products out of North Korea.” It’s very likely that North Koreans are producing garments for other brands too, either in the country or as slave labor in China.

Sorry, I’m Not Sure: Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2018

Talking Logistics

Mexico and Canada are heading into 2018 with no clear plan for saving the North American Free Trade Agreement,” states a Bloomberg article published on December 15. North Korea : The more missiles North Korea launches and tests, the greater the risk for military conflict — or worse. In short, relations between the United States and North Korea have significantly degraded this past year and it doesn’t look like things are going to improve anytime soon.

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Supply Chains Must Pay Attention to Geopolitical Strife

Supply Chain Brain Podcast

Rising diplomatic tensions in North Korea and around the world pose a serious threat to global supply chains. Many manufacturers have taken steps to protect their global operations from the effects of natural disasters. Read More

Global Logistics—November 2014

Inbound Logistics

North Korea,South Korea,and Russia team up to test new trade partnership,GS1 global registry sets new standard with 15 million products,Middle East airports face growing congestion problem,Puerto Rico makes Panama Canal transshipment play with Port of the Americas project,Britain introduces supply chain slavery bill

Procurement Can Prepare for  Supply Chain Risk

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Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) after their suppliers used third party vendors in North Korea, falling foul of North Korea Sanctions Regulations. Alex Saric, Smart Procurement Expert, Ivalua. Supply Chain Managers today have never been so reliant on suppliers to deliver goods and services to customers. Globalisation has made is much easier for UK businesses to trade across borders, allowing access to lower cost sources of supply and new markets.

What Supply Chain Risks Must Supply Chain Execs Keep Top of Mind?

Cerasis

As seen recently with additional sanctions levied against North Korea and other countries, a change in politics may result in the cutoff of critical supply chain functions. Risk permeates supply chains. The best-laid plans to avoid as many risks as possible often fall on deaf ears in supply chain management, but supply chain executives who take the time to understand the greatest threats can successfully position their companies to overcome such risks.

Over 400,000 People Living in 'Modern Slavery' in U.S., Report Finds

Supply Chain Brain

North Korea has the highest prevalence of modern slavery globally, with one in 10 of the population, or 2.6 North America Home Page Latest News Home Page Slider NewsThe Global Slavery Index, published last week by Walk Free Foundation, describes modern slavery as a complex and often hidden crime that crosses borders, sectors and jurisdictions. The U.S. number, the study estimates, is almost one hundredth of the estimated 40.3

Supply Chain and Logistics Resolutions for 2017: 4 Things to STOP Doing This Year

Talking Logistics

the collapse of the garment factory in Bangladesh that killed hundreds of ‘slave-labor’ employees, Rip Curl apparel marked “Made in China” actually being made in North Korea). Three years ago, I wrote a popular post highlighting “ 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Supply Chain and Logistics Executives.” The same resolutions still apply today, so I encourage you to re-read the post in case you forgot them or ignored the advice the first time around.

Chinese New Year Shutdown 2020: How to Prepare

ShipBob

In mainland China (and even in other countries that celebrate the holiday such as Indonesia, Malaysia, North Korea, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, and Brunei), the Chinese New Year holiday is a very big deal.

Has China lost its relevance as a production location?

Supply Chain Movement

The general price level of products made in China is rising rapidly, and it has been claimed that some of the products actually originate in North Korea. China’s position as a production location is currently a hot topic amongst global thought leaders in supply chain. So has the time come to look beyond China for low-cost production facilities? This is one of the most common questions that I’m asked when holding keynote speeches, workshops or supply-chain training courses.

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Harvey’s Impact on the Global Supply Chain: The Role of Analytics

NC State SCRC

South China will be exposed to hurricanes, and South Korea which is next North Korea (and the location of production of 50% of the world’s semiconductors) is in a precarious situation. Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast and Houston with driving rains that left many businesses struggling with flooding, with little advance warning.

In Chains: How to Approach Human Trafficking in your Supply Chain

Elementum

Malaysia, North Korea, Papua New Guinea, and Thailand were among the worst countries for human trafficking violations, with Nepal, Indonesia and Iran mentioned as frequent violators as well. Several firms are leveraging such technology to explore their supply chains in depth, as we found at May’s North American Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference. Are You Linked to Forced Labor?

Forced Labor in Seafood Supply Chains

EcoVadis

State Department responded to the media reports by blacklisting Thailand – essentially placing constraints on Thai trade similar to those placed on North Korea. Introduction. Shrimp tacos. Blackened catfish. Grilled mahi-mahi. Salmon burgers. The amount of ocean products consumers can purchase from grocery stores and restaurants is bountiful and varied.

Top 10 Most Corrupt Countries of 2018

Material Handling and Logistics

North Korea. Transparency International released its annual ranking, Corruptions Perceptions Index 2017 , on Feb. 21 and the group said that “despite attempts to combat corruption around the world, the majority of countries are moving too slowly in their efforts. While stemming the tide against corruption takes time, in the last six years many countries have still made little to no progress. .

What’s Happening in Washington that’s Impacting Trade Today

BluJay Solutions

and the Republic of Korea have reached an agreement in principle on KORUS trade negotiations, which includes quotas at 70% average exports of steel and aluminum based on 2015-2017 data, and an increase in U.S. parts in April because it was violating rules and selling to North Korea and Cuba. Global trade is a moving target in today’s political scene. How are these issues in Washington, D.C. impacting your world and supply chain?

What of our Brad?

Tailwind

So, with two busy boys and twins on the way, they have been granted refugee status from Vancouver’s Lower Mainland (where the housing costs are just north of Stupidsville). I have been coaching him not to be such a ‘stiff upper lip’, like this guy, who is far too serious about his CNN debut as an expert on North Korea. There is a great commercial on radio these days. You remember radio don’t you?

Thoughts on Supply Chain Impacts (After Listening to Trump’s State of the Union)

NC State SCRC

Lots about “wanting people to be safe”, lots on defense spending to “make America great”, lots on “depraved characters” in North Korea, and odd comments about “steel in our spine”… but not so much on making people smarter to be able to adapt to this new economic vision.

I Will Be Wrong Again: Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2017

Talking Logistics

Russia, Iran, North Korea, and ISIS : Call them “The Unpredictables” (you can probably add China to the mix too). planes and ships ); Iran and North Korea and their nuclear ambitions; ISIS exporting its brand of terrorism around the world; and China building islands in the South China Sea (and reportedly putting weapons on them ). Past performance is not indicative of future results.

Navigating the Future in an Uncertain Political and Regulatory Environment

NC State SCRC

The Supply Chain Resource Cooperative held its bi-annual Industry Partner Meeting in the Talley Student Center at North Carolina State University this past week. There are some talks going on between North Korea and China, and as China buys a lot of coal from North Korea, so this may take a while in terms of pressure, but the two at least are in talks following Trump’s visit with the Chinese leader.

This Week in Logistics News (September 5-9, 2016)

Talking Logistics

The kids are back at school, we have air conditioning again, and North Korea tested a nuclear bomb yesterday. “If Everything is back to normal. If it’s not love, then it’s the bomb that will bring us together,” Morrissey sings in this week’s Song of the Week. I’m rooting for love. Moving on to the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week… Mercedes-Benz and Matternet unveil vans that launch delivery drones (TechCrunch). Oracle Buys LogFire.