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Taking Advantage of FTZs

Foreign trade zones may rank as one of the most under-utilized resources for importers and exporters.

Foreign trade zones (also known as Free Trade Zones) exist in over 100 countries worldwide. Rules and benefits of operating in or using the zones will vary by country. 


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The Fluid Distribution Network

Consumers drive demand that drives the need for optimized supply chain networks.

 Companies have historically reviewed their distribution networks every five or six years.  


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From Trusted Trader to Trusted Supply Chain

 In a move that gives an entire supply chain recognition equivalent to “trusted trader” status, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched its Secure Supply Chain Pilot Program (SSCPP), selecting 13 companies to participate for two years until February 2016. 


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Ukraine: Between Past and Future

Ukraine is not only wedged between Russia and Europe, it is poised between its past and its future.

Pavlo Sher emeta, trade and economy minister for Ukraine, told a BBC audience, “The discussion we are having here is not really East and West, it’s a discussion between the past and the future.”


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Inland Ports Provide Supply Chain Savings

Companies are closer to their markets and gain full logistics services.

 Inland ports can provide a significant opportunity for manufacturers and retailers to reduce their supply chain costs because using an inland port can put cargo much closer to its final destination in major population centers.  


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HazMat Safety Scrutinized

Hazardous material accidents are an industry nightmare, raising safety questions and potentially tighter regulation.

 They were almost certainly asleep as the driverless oil train rumbled toward Lac-Mégantic, a popular tourist destination town alongside the same-named lake in eastern Quebec, Canada. 


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Revitalizing the Buffalo River

Laying the foundation for a “blue economy” as an urban waterway is reclaimed.

With surgical skill, crews are meticulously dredging the Buffalo River, ridding it of decades of contamination, setting the stage for the restoration of habitat for fish and wildlife, improved water quality and enhanced public access. 


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Fueling Change in Trucking

An aggressive fuel efficiency initiative is helping to change the face of trucking in the U.S.

In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama promised action.


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What does it take to have a successful omnichannel strategy? Data.

Is Better Data Worth It?

As perhaps the most stunning success of the dot-com era, Amazon is known for the data it collects and the way it uses the information to improve the customer experience.


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Panama Canal’s New Paradigm

Deputy Administrator Manuel Benítez describes a major shift in the Panama Canal Administration’s strategic thinking.


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Five Wearable Manufacturing Technologies of the Future

Video applications, Employee Monitoring, Field service, Plant monitoring, Improving employee safety.

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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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