Articles by Dan McCue

No Calm for Maritime

It looks as though continued volatility will be the story for ocean shipping

As much as one hates to use the phrase “shot across the bow” when writing about maritime shipping, there’s likely no better way to capture the surprise inspired by China’s recent decision to block the formation of the P3 alliance.

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Learn From High-tech Supply Chains

In the blink-and-you-miss-it world of high-tech, supply chains are becoming customer centric.

There is perhaps no business sector that’s more reticent to reveal its inner workings than that of high-technology.

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A Brave, New World of Home Delivery

The toughest part of the supply chain just became the front line in the battle for the consumer.

The push of e-commerce and changes in how we all live in the early 21st century — some dramatic, others less so — are altering the face of home delivery and recasting the role of the big-box store around the corner.

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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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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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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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Success with Returns

 Part two on reverse logistics management describes how best – or better – practices yield solid results. 

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Image Reversal For Returns

Reverse logistics once suffered from a poor image; today business is booming.

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Focus is on Free Trade

Amidst arguments over genetically modified food, U.S. eavesdropping, and other thorny issues, the EU is poised to strike its biggest trade deal.

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Emerging Stronger

Southern Europe had a deeper dive and a slower rise during the recession, but the region has some bright spots.

Southern Europe had a deeper dive and a slower rise during the recession, but the region has some bright spots.

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KC SmartPort Momentum

Kansas City SmartPort Momentum 2013 focused on 3PLs, the issues facing the industry, and the role or logistics in economic development


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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