- THE MAGAZINE
Articles by Ken Krizner
Ports on the Gulf Coast are strategically positioned to take advantage of the flourishing economy in the southeastern United States. The ports are located in some of the fastest-growing states in one of the fastest-growing regions of the country, offering shippers both destination markets and gateways — options that can help trim their logistics and supply chain costs.
As companies examine their end-to-end supply chain — from Asian and other overseas sources to the United States — their thought processes and data analyses look at several issues.
As ocean carriers continue slow steaming to help conserve fuel and contain costs, importers more than ever are looking for reliable, cost-effective service. Once at a port, they expect to have their cargo off-loaded from a vessel and headed for final destination efficiently and quickly, whether that destination is a warehouse facility or end market.
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.
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.
Growing logistics infrastructure is striving to keep pace with a continued population boom.
Hurricane Sandy delivered many lessons for U.S. ports – whether or not they were in its path.
A Panama Canal strategy may include transshipment opportunities. Using Caribbean ports might quicken supply chain flows.
The Great Lakes can help improve supply chain effectiveness — and move from best-kept secret to best-used resource.