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

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

FreightWaves Classics: The importance of logistics in the Korean War

The Supply Chain Journal

However, the three-year war, which pitted communist and capitalist forces against each other, set the stage for seven decades of ongoing tension among North Korea, South Korea and the United States. Despite these limitations, the division was ordered to Korea.

COVID-19 By The Numbers. My Takeaway For Supply Chain Leaders

Supply Chain Shaman

While many might fixate on the size of the impact on the United States, what is important to me in this chart is the conspicuous absence of China, North Korea, and Japan. I like numbers. Working with a spreadsheet and gaining an understanding of the patterns is cathartic for me.

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


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.

Jason Miller Blog 2: Will Intel’s investments make a dent in our dependence on foreign semiconductors?


In particular, with the majority of global production coming out of Taiwan (TSMC) and Korea (Samsung), the geopolitical risks of China and North Korea in these regions is no small worry.

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

Doing Business in South Korea


South Korea is in eastern Asia in the southern half of the Korean Peninsula. It is bordered by North Korea, the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea. Although it has been an independent kingdom for much of its history, the 20 th and 21 st centuries were tumultuous for South Korea.

Cyber Attacks Are Major Risk in New Global Resilience Ranking

Material Handling and Logistics

The fall likely reflects a turbulent diplomatic climate intensified by North Korea’s nuclear threat and signs of Russian election meddling. Cyber risk is just one of the indicators of the index which reflects data related to economics, natural hazards and supply chains, and addresses concerns about business risks including political upheaval, fire and hurricanes.

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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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


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.

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


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.

The Russian Invasion, Cyber War, and Global Supply Chains

Logistics Viewpoints

When Russia invaded Ukraine, I knew there would be impacts on global supply chains.

Global Trade Compliance is a Massive Undertaking for Big Shippers

Logistics Viewpoints

The US will, for example, prohibit companies from doing business with companies in North Korea. Trade Compliance also Applies to Shipments within a Nation’s Borders. I recently completed a study of the Global Trade Compliance software market.

Geopolitical Risks and the Supply Chain

Enterra Insights

of trying to contain and suppress China’s development, while America brought up its concerns about human rights and other issues, and urged cooperation on matters including climate change, Iran and North Korea.”[3]

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


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?

Inventory Planning to Reduce Chinese New Year Disruption


Every year factories in China (and other countries that celebrate the Lunar New Year such as Indonesia, Malaysia, North Korea, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, and Brunei) shutdown so that their workers can celebrate Chinese New Year.

Forced Labor in Seafood Supply Chains


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?


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)


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.

Export Compliance 101

Arena Solutions

Syria, Iran, North Korea, or Cuba? Export Compliance 101. CONTACT SALES. Full transcript below: Craig T. Ridgley. My name is Craig Ridgley. I am really excited to be here today to go through this Basic Export Compliance Awareness session with you.

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.

Trends 2021: Business Risks

Enterra Insights

” Burrows and Manning suggest we shouldn’t forget North Korea. They write, “The pattern in the past has been for new American presidents to be greeted with a North Korean provocation in the form of either a missile or nuclear test. Twenty-twenty is now in our rearview mirror. “It’s not being called the ‘year from hell’ for nothing,” write Mathew J. Burrows and Robert A. Manning, analysts from the Atlantic Council.[1]

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Navigating the Future in an Uncertain Political and Regulatory Environment


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.