Research in Focus: Sourcing Trends and Concerns

Talking Logistics

Below is an excerpt from a report published recently by Amber Road and the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) titled “ The Trade Trends Report: 2017 Report on Sourcing, Trade, and e-commerce.” Sourcing decisions can complicate or simplify this process.

Transportation Sourcing in an Omni-channel World

Talking Logistics

Unfortunately, many retailers are jumping in without a plan — that is, they are taking a short-term, silo’ed approach to transportation sourcing and execution, and as a result, are failing to meet their desired outcomes. Also, is multi-functional engagement important and, how does omni-channel impact transportation sourcing? In addition, Jim says many retailers are facing inventory management challenges in the realm of “ship from store” and “pickup at store” fulfillment models.

Outsourcing Sourcing! 5 Lessons from Around the Globe!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Doing business with suppliers located overseas or in another country can be an overwhelming and daunting task even for expert Sourcing professionals. But beyond that he had no idea on where to start to source his product. The post Outsourcing Sourcing! Subscribe Here!

A Major Blockchain Announcement Involving Global Shipping

Supply Chain Matters

We highlight a significant joint announcement made this week regarding the potential broader application of Blockchain technology in global shipping processes. Blockchain Technology Procurement and Sourcing Supply Chain Technology Transportation and Logistics A.P. Moeller Maersk blockchain technology applications in global shipping IBM Blockchain Maersk Line Supply chain Matters blog

End to End Supply Chain Visibility - Solving The Data Problem

simply seeing information in one place, aggregating data from multiple sources. to pay attention to, whether to ship via air. 1DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION, END-TO-END VISIBILITY, AND. THE "DATA PROBLEM". Given the macroeconomic cl imate and the. Amazon effect," many companies are.

The Implications of U.S. Justice Department Dismissal of Alleged Ocean Container Shipping Cartels Has Multiple Consequences

Supply Chain Matters

Justice Department ruling into allegations of price fixing among the globe’s largest container shipping lines has been dropped, with consequences for shippers and the industry. The arrangement helps with carrier return-on-assets but the tradeoff came to be shipping schedules and transit times.

Added Industry Consolidation- Japan’s Largest Shipping Lines to Merge Container Operations

Supply Chain Matters

Industry and business media report that Japan’s three largest maritime shipping companies are indicating they intend to merge their container shipping operations to create the what would probably be the sixth-largest global player. Procurement and Sourcing Transportation and Logistics challenges in ocean container shipping ocean container shipping trends Supply chain Matters blog trends in global transportation

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The Lowdown on Shipping: Parcel, LTL, and FTL

SupplyPike

Freight and parcel shipping. Image source. Freight shipping includes larger goods that exceed parcel specifications. Parcel shipping, sometimes referred to as package shipping, is the most common type of shipping for smaller, more lightweight, individual shipments.

Takeover and Tuck-In Acquisitions Underway Involving Global Ocean Container Shipping Lines

Supply Chain Matters

Two announced acquisitions this week involving global ocean container shipping lines add further evidence of moving forward with strategies to integrate added transportation and logistics services beyond just port to port.

Local Sourcing, Global Supply Chain

BluJay Solutions

Yet the company is at pains to make it clear this is part of a global operations strategy, with devices continuing to be assembled in China and Brazil and components presumably continuing to be sourced from emerging markets based on cost and quality.

Removing the 3 Barriers to Building a Predictive Supply Chain

The total cost to the shipping. An analog approach in a digital world: While the shipping industry has. historically driven profitability by adding scale -- think mega-ships, mergers, alliances, and padding with buffer -- the day has finally come. multiple sources.

Report on Arctic Northern Passage Shipping Volume

Supply Chain Matters

At the time, a Chinese icebreaker was successful in completing the first ship voyage that utilized an Arctic Ocean and polar icecap route to travel from China to an Icelandic port. Last year, we highlighted reports that a Chinese cargo ship successfully made the first ever commercial transit of the Northwest Passage. This week, the Wall Street Journal reported (paid subscription) further volume increases for this northern shipping route. Two years ago.

How to Reduce Product Damage During Shipping

Cerasis

If you are a product manufacturer, you know all too well the perils of shipping products from your factory or warehouse to a DC or retailer. Packaging and product damage during shipping is extremely common. Many shipping companies will stack pallets on top of one another to maximize their load, so you need to know this important piece of logistical information as well. . When you ship a product , your goal is simple: make sure it gets there in good condition.

Drewry’s Declaration that the Global Shipping Market has Bottomed

Supply Chain Matters

This week, noted maritime and shipping industry research firm Drewry Maritime Research declared that the ocean container shipping market has now bottomed out. The recent ongoing Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy and receivership development is noted as representing the trough of the container shipping market and that a gradual market recovery is now expected.

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Sourcing Journal Report: Digital Aspirations, Blind Spots & the Transparency Divide

Amber Road

In a world where consumers have become used to expedited shipping and new items on store shelves every week a higher speed to market can be a great competitive advantage. Shippers everywhere are feeling the pressure to increase their products' speed to market.

Your Supply Chain Probably Has a Data Problem - Start There

sources of value for customers. Without a centralized data source insights are difficult to gather and hidden. predictive shipping.

Jim Young: Sourcing for a Startup

Inbound Logistics

is responsible for everything from sourcing materials and services to shipping finished products Jim Young, senior supply chain manager at Applied Microstructures, Inc.,

Drop Shipping: A Perfect Fit for Supply Chain Operating Networks

Talking Logistics

As reported last month by Jennifer Smith in the Wall Street Journal , “A growing number of retailers are relying on suppliers to ship online orders directly to customers, a strategy they hope will help them compete with e-commerce rivals without spending more on inventory.

The Wisdom of the Crowd (Sourcing) Doesn’t Apply to Commercial Shipping

Supply Chain Collaborator

More than a year ago, the Supply Chain Collaborator blog examined the trend toward crowd sourcing and wondered aloud whether an “Uber for commercial shipping” was imminent. Consider the TV program Shipping Wars as an illustration.

LTL to Intermodal Shipping: How to Find and Eliminate Freight Spend Black Swans

Cerasis

Shippers need to know why freight black swans are increasing, how using LTL to intermodal shipping options can reduce their incidence, and a few best practices to keep the use of intermodal from becoming a black swan itself.

Hanjin Shipping Receivership- The Financial Shot Heard Across the Globe

Supply Chain Matters

Ocean container shipping and logistics are the lifeblood of global supply chain movements. Manufacturing Strategies Procurement and Sourcing Supply Chain Disruption Transportation and Logistics challenges in global transportation and logistics implications of Hanjin Shipping receivership independent blog commenting on global logistics and transportation Supply chain Matters blog

How is technology transforming global sourcing ?

Claritum

Does your business source products and services from global markets? If your company is sourcing goods and services internationally you could be reaping many benefits. However, you could also face many challenges when globally sourcing across geopolitical boundaries.

Sourcing promotional products the right way

Claritum

However, it is important for companies to manage the process of sourcing promotional goods effectively. A lot of time and energy can be spent inefficiently sourcing the goods, which can be bought from a huge variety of suppliers at vastly differing prices and quality. Single source.

A Follow the Money Broken Link for Global Container Shipping Lines

Supply Chain Matters

The ocean container shipping industry continues to manage its way out of an ongoing multi-year condition of too much excess shipping capacity. However, one of the prime European banks that was instrumental in financing ship acquisitions is bearing the risk and now the consequences. Procurement and Sourcing Transportation and Logistics global transportation and logistics trends Supply chain Matters blog

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8 Freight Shipping Trends Shippers Must Know for 2017

Cerasis

It is no longer bound by the traditional constraints of the economy, and Amazon is gearing up to begin expanding to be the best of the global freight shipping providers. As a result, your company needs to think about these freight shipping trends and how you can prepare to respond to them as soon as possible. 8 Freight Shipping Trends Shippers Must Know for 2017. Freight Shipping Providers Will Focus on ELD Implementation.

Five Tips on Sourcing Products From China

EMERGE App

Google a phrase like “sourcing products from China” and you’ll instantly be faced by almost 39 million results! You need to source for products to sell at wholesale prices to your retail customers. A sourcing agency will typically do one of the following roles: A.

A Stark Advisory for Ocean Container Shipping Lines With Multi-Industry Implications

Supply Chain Matters

Ocean container shipping and logistics are the lifeblood of global supply chain movements. For over two years, Supply Chain Matters has been advising our multi-industry supply chain readers about the effects of substantial overcapacity conditions occurring among major shipping lines, and their consequent impacts for service, cost and logistics. This report concludes: “The container-shipping industry has a […].

Report that Global Container Shipping Leader Maersk Looking to Acquire Hamburg Sud

Supply Chain Matters

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that based on it sources with knowledge of the matter, global container shipping conglomerate A.P Moeller Maersk is looking to acquire German based shipping line based Hamburg Sud. The latter owns and charters upwards of 130 container ships it had nearly 6000 employees and $6.7 Procurement and Sourcing Transportation and Logistics A.P.

Avoid These Parcel Shipping Mistakes to Reap Big Benefits

BluJay Solutions

What if I told you I could help your company save thousands of dollars in parcel shipping costs? In a single carrier environment, you limit your ability to find the best shipping option. Having a multi-carrier shipping solution solves this first mistake.

Jim Young: Sourcing for a Startup

Inbound Logistics

is responsible for everything from sourcing materials and services to shipping finished productsJim Young, senior supply chain manager at Applied Microstructures, Inc.,

Yet Another Shipping Alliance and an Industry Stalling the Inescapable

Supply Chain Matters

The Wall Street Journal reports (Paid subscription required) that a new ocean container shipping alliance is being formed. Global trade trends Manufacturing Strategies Procurement and Sourcing Transportation and Logistics challenges in global transportation impact of megga container ships on industry supply chains independent blog commenting on global logistics and transportation Ocean Alliance ocean container industry consolidation Supply chain Matters blog

Blockchain: A Single, Immutable, Serialized Source of Truth

Material Handling & Logistics

Acquire the source materials: add a block. And so on, from source to end-customer receipt. Always Available: A Shared, Distributed “Source of Truth”. No source vendor means there is no need for a recurring contract or service provider relationship.

Subpoenas Served on Ocean Container Shipping Line Executives

Supply Chain Matters

Justice Department investigators crashed an industry Box Club meeting held last week among 20 ocean container shipping firms and served subpoenas to top executives of several lines. Procurement and Sourcing Transportation and Logistics global transportation and logistics trends Supply chain Matters blogThe Wall Street Journal reported today (Paid subscription required) that U.S.

Maersk Discloses Strategy to Become a Shipping and Logistics Services Integrator

Supply Chain Matters

This week, there is additional information coming forward after Danish shipping conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk’s announced acquisition of container shipping line Hamburg Sud. Financial and industry news sources are reporting comments from Maersk CEO Soren Skou at an investor conference this week which indicate a strategy that positions Maersk Line to become a global integrator of […]. Procurement and Sourcing Transportation and Logistics A.P.

A.P. Moeller Maersk Reports Q4 and 2018 Full Year Financial Performance

Supply Chain Matters

Moeller Maersk reported what was termed mixed Q4 and full-year 2018 financial performance, and a cautious forecast for declining global shipping volumes for 2019. . Full year increase in revenues includes the integration of shipping line Hamburg SUD that was acquired in 2017.

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More Evidence of Overcapacity and Turbulence in Ocean Container Shipping

Supply Chain Matters

Citing estimates from global shipping industry forecaster Alphaliner, The Wall Street Journal headlined earlier this week that global ocean container traffic grew at the slowest rate since the global recession. This provides more evidence of structural change in global shipping patterns and volume needs.