Topic: Global Trade



How one small part held up shipments of thousands of autos

The recent case of thousands of autos being denied entry to the U.S. over concerns of forced labor used by a sub-assembly supplier illustrates the need to improve scrutiny of the supply chain.

40% of procurement leaders ignoring sustainability, study reveals

Many procurement professionals are ignoring sustainability initiatives as they battle pressure to control spend.

Rising Rates Persist Amid Ongoing Disruptions in Red Sea, Panama Canal

As shippers navigate goods around low water levels in the Panama Canal and risks in the Red Sea, rates are rising and the risk of downstream disruptions is growing.

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How one small part held up shipments of thousands of autos

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 · Rosemary Coates
The recent case of thousands of autos being denied entry to the U.S. over concerns of forced labor used by a sub-assembly supplier illustrates the need to improve scrutiny of the supply chain.

Shining light on procurement’s dark purchases problem

Friday, April 5, 2024 · Brian Straight
Many companies do not have processes in place to control procurement spending, leading to millions in wasted dollars from untracked dark purchases.

40% of procurement leaders ignoring sustainability, study reveals

Thursday, April 4, 2024 · Brian Straight
Many procurement professionals are ignoring sustainability initiatives as they battle pressure to control spend.

As Red Sea Crisis Drags On, Shippers Eye Alternatives

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 · Amy Wunderlin
While shifting Asian cargo from East Coast to West Coast U.S. ports adds time and cost, it is one option shippers have to counter continued risk in the Red Sea.

U.S.-bound imports are up in December and down for all of 2023, reports S&P Global

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 · Jeff Berman
December imports, at 2.2 million TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units), increased 9% in December, matching November’s annual percentage gain. For all of calendar year 2023, S&P reported that imports fell 8.5%, to 28.9 million TEU, while the fourth quarter posted an 8%…

Rising Rates Persist Amid Ongoing Disruptions in Red Sea, Panama Canal

Friday, January 12, 2024 · Amy Wunderlin
As shippers navigate goods around low water levels in the Panama Canal and risks in the Red Sea, rates are rising and the risk of downstream disruptions is growing.
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Turning the Page: One industry’s paper-thin use of AAA

Tuesday, January 9, 2024 · Andrew Zeiser, Richard Tarpey, Ralph Williams, and Greg Lovensheimer
Developing agile, adaptable, and aligned supply chains can help the printing-paper industry weather supply chain turmoil.

A Momentous Year: Five Trends for 2024

Thursday, January 4, 2024 · Michael J. Gravier
The current economic climate has some similarities to the post-Cold War 1990s, and that means a boom could be on the horizon.

Cultural, Country Differences Can Influence Nearshoring Decisions

Tuesday, January 2, 2024 · Amy Wunderlin
While nearshoring can be a risk mitigation tool, it’s important for businesses to consider the differences between countries, including cultural, trade and even weather patterns, which can lead to road closures or weight reductions.

Global Container Shipping Industry Sets Sights on Tech Investment, Capacity Concerns

Monday, January 1, 2024 · Brian Straight
Supply chain professionals in the global container shipping industry expect more technology investment and positive growth in the market in 2024.

U.S., Mexico Expected to be Big Winners As Companies Move Away from China

Wednesday, December 27, 2023 · Brian Straight
Nearly 75% of companies plan to reduce their share of sourcing from China, with the U.S. and Mexico appearing to be the big winners according to an AlixPartners survey.

Embracing Prosperity in the New Year: The Benefits of Free Trade Zones

Tuesday, December 19, 2023 · Brent Dawkins, Director of Product Marketing, QAD
Free Trade Zones offer opportunities to bring the global market to local markets, creating jobs and innovation around the world.

Global Companies Plan More Regional Approaches to Manufacturing, Selling

Thursday, November 9, 2023 · Brian Straight
A new report from Accenture finds that the number of companies nearshoring product manufacturing will double in three years time.

US Ports to Share $653M in Funding to Improve Throughput, Reduce Emissions

Monday, November 6, 2023 · Amy Wunderlin
41 U.S. ports will share in $653 million in new investment from the federal government, the Biden administration announced last week.
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Global economies also include longevity

Wednesday, November 1, 2023 · Larry Lapide
As the industrialized world gets older, there is a lot of potential in developing products for older populations. This will have profound implications for both future global demand and supply (especially with regard to looming labor shortages).
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