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Trade Looks Beyond Climate Change

The Northern Sea Route and climate change are having their effects on trade lanes

When the Yong Sheng set sail from Dalian, a port city in northeastern China in the summer of 2013, the Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship, part of the Cosco Group’s fleet, was seen by many as the herald of a new era in international trade.

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SCM Spells Success in Emerging Markets

Success in the lucrative emerging markets will depend on supply chain management strategies and execution.

Emerging markets are a $30 trillion opportunity, says Gartner research. They are the primary business growth area in this century. Supply chain leaders will be held responsible for the success or failure of business growth in these markets, based upon the capabilities they put in place, Gartner continues.

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Each year, World Trade 100 looks back on the eventful year for world trade and the supply chains supporting it. Among the people, places and things affecting extended supply chains, it is the influence, or potential influence, that matters. With that in mind, the 2014 list includes positive and negative factors, and new and repeat entries.

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The Quest for Consistent and Comparable Data

Process automation can help rationalize supply chain management.

Every business runs on its repeatable processes. Successful supply chain management depends on coordinating every step.

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Painting the Supply Chain Green

Corporate culture is a big part of environmental stewardship when it comes to supply chains.

There is no doubt about it: sustainability and green initiatives are hard at work in extended supply chains.

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Using Our Competitive Nature in World Trade

The driver of a Toyota Prius at the fuel pump across from me looked at my smart car and asked about my fuel consumption. I quoted the city and highway miles per gallon. The Prius owner responded, “I still win.”

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Time to Move NAFTA Forward

NAFTA, after 20 years, has delivered, but it’s time to take the agreement to the next level.

Even after 20 years, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is subject to misunderstanding or faulty perceptions.

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Near-shoring helps balance manufacturing costs and logistics costs.

Manufacturers Find Success in Mexico

During the past decade, a number of manufacturers have relocated their overseas operations from China and other Asian nations to Mexico — and many U.S. companies looking for their first international site are choosing Mexico.

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Parts Distribution Influenced by NAFTA

Mexico is playing a bigger role in automotive manufacturing and parts distribution to the U.S. market.

Mexico’s ascendance in automotive production is having a profound effect on parts inventory planning within the industry, and it is predicted the accompanying shifts in sourcing and supply chain strategies will soon extend to other high-value manufacturing sectors.

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Net-Zero Energy Use in Manufacturing

OPEX Corporation went off the power grid and converted its manufacturing/warehousing facility to solar power.

Energy costs have forced many manufacturers to focus on innovative ways to optimize energy consumption and improve operational efficiency in their manufacturing, product lines, distribution and administrative operations.

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Five Wearable Manufacturing Technologies of the Future

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Assurance of Supply: A Top Concern for Manufacturers

Every manufacturer has an assurance of supply problem to some extent due to the complexity of global sourcing. For years, manufacturers were blessed with high margins but margins have grown paper thin. You can’t fill up your distribution centers with excess inventory – not only is there a cost factor but the pace of business and consumer buying trends causes goods to quickly turn obsolete. Assurance of supply provides the speed and agility that is essential to being able to compete in today’s market.


Speaker info: Diane Palmquist, VP Manufacturing Industry Solutions


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