Shifting manufacturing operations in Asia back to North America provides companies more control of their supply chains, says Steve Sensing of Ryder Supply Chain Solutions.
U.S. companies stand to gain from establishing manufacturing operations in Mexico – if they manage the challenges.
Shifting production closer to the U.S. can benefit supply chains, but nearshoring also presents obstacles.
Manufacturing in Mexico gives U.S. companies quality control, lower transportation costs, and faster transit times.
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Jose Fernando Nava, president, DHL Supply Chain, Latin America shows shippers how to capitalize on Mexico's attraction as a growing consumer market.
Latin America is fast becoming the destination of choice for companies looking to expand their global footprint, and 3PLs with knowledge and regional expertise will be valuable partners.
Mexico presents an attractive option for U.S.-based companies moving all or a portion of their supply chains closer to home.
Companies make contingency plans to prepare for possible supply chain disruptions caused by port labor negotiations.
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The emergence of integrated third-party logistics (3PL) solutions, expanded and improved intermodal service offerings, and creative collaborations to optimize transport resources has prompted many companies to expand operations in Mexico.
Factors such as labor costs, transportation time and costs, and infrastructure may make Latin America the best global location for manufacturing operations.
Troy Ryley and Jose Minarro, managing directors for Transplace Mexico, offer tips for shipping freight cross-border and within Mexico.
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Fully implementing cross-border trucking policy benefits both the United States and Mexico, writes Kyle Burns of Free Trade Alliance.
For an update on customs, infrastructure, and manufacturing, IL went straight to the supply chain leaders and economic development experts who make Mexico their business.
With the holiday season in full swing, logistics managers must be able to rely on their vendors to perform.
All companies should incorporate a business continuity plan into their operation so they are never unprepared for a disruption.
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Properly prepare shipments and test packaging to prevent product damage and returns.
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Partnering with an expert can help retailers ensure they comply with hazardous waste regulations.
Leverage Panama’s developments into your distribution hub for a more streamlined, efficient, and profitable bottom line.
Cross-border import and export trade between the United States and Canada requires planning and expertise.
Companies must not only mitigate supply chain risk, but also understand the logistics of global recall management.
U.S. companies trading with Latin America face opportunities and challenges, but logistics service providers can help.
Supply chain contingency planning can help automotive manufacturers protect their operations.
Clear transportation management strategy and technologies allow companies to deliver superior service at lower cost.
Best in class companies use a variety of global trade automation tools to lower inbound costs and improve processes.
Ax Torres supervises outbound shipping at agricultural machinery company AGCO Corporation.
Importers and exporters can achieve cost savings by using a foreign trade zone.
Collaborative risk management helps automakers and their supply chain partners protect against disruptions.
Shippers protect against supply chain disruptions with physical, analytical, and financial risk mitigation strategies.
Supply chains must develop strategies for reducing risk related to climate change, such as drought and extreme weather.
Actionable tips help you revitalize your warehousing, 3PL, trucking, and global logistics operations.
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Transporting goods between the U.S. and Canada requires thorough knowledge of customs compliance.
When supply chain disruptions occur, logistics managers must use leadership skills to maintain operations.
Complex border crossings lead U.S. shippers to rely on third-party logistics (3PL) providers to ease trade with Canada.
C-TPAT certification lets businesses support national security and improve their own supply chain operations.
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Collaborate with suppliers to manage supply chain risks with the highest potential to occur and risk of business impact.
Companies see supply chain expansion opportunities in Latin America’s improving infrastructure and trade policies.
Technology management can affect warehouse operations’ connectivity during and after a power outage. Whether the facility’s warehouse management system (WMS) is installed on-site, delivered via a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) program, or hosted in the cloud can have a huge impact on maintaining productivity, writes John Sterling of Foxfire Software.
Supply chain management experience is vital to corporate risk management planning, write Carlos Alvarenga of Accenture.
The ability to minimize supply chain risk and prevent disruptions depends on strong supplier relationships and well-developed contingency plans, says Chris Cameron of Elemica.
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Peruvian supermarket chain drives DC network realignment with a new cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) warehouse management system (WMS).
Lorcan Sheehan of ModusLink discusses some of the lessons businesses have learned that help mitigate supply chain risk during the peak season.
Planning for exceptions can help shippers prevent supply chain disruptions in the wake of a natural disaster.
Successfully moving freight into challenging areas requires an abundance of preparation and due diligence, test runs, and contingency plans to make sure moves happen without a hitch.
When supply chain disruptions arise, shippers need to react quickly—without incurring undue costs—to keep production in line with demand.
Logistics professionals and companies should adopt and continuously update a risk-based export compliance program to minimize facilitation risk, writes Michael E. Burke of Arnall Golden Gregor.
Supply chain visibility helps flag upcoming supply or demand problems, allowing a company either to take action to prevent disasters or to respond by activating backup plans, writes George W. Prest of Material Handling Industry of America.
Risk management strategies must address the everyday sources of supply chain disruption, and managers must incorporate the identification of potential supply chain risk into their daily practices, writes Mark Humphlett, Infor.
For large North American companies operating in multi-national markets, moving products around the globe is a complicated endeavor, writes Roy Coburn of Livingston International.
Increasing demand for U.S. goods in Canada represents a positive sign for the economies of both countries. But keeping cross-border shipments moving requires building smart and savvy logistics partnerships.
Near-sourcing is becoming more popular among manufacturers and buyers, and Mexico’s reduced transit times and lower logistics costs make it a preferred near-shoring location, writes Troy Ryley, Transplace Mexico.
Mexico-based automotive glassmaker Vitro Automotive opened a distribution center in the United States to serve Detroit automakers just-in-time requirements. Its long-time logistics service provider Evans Distribution Systems staffed the new DC for Vitro to ensure a quality workforce.
Electronics manufacturer Siemens switches from air freight to over-the-road transport for cross-border shipments from Mexico to the United States and Canada, cutting 35 percent from its transportation costs thanks to CFI Logistica.
Foreign trade zones (FTZs) are an essential tool for the growing business of third-party logistics. The National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones’ Daniel Griswold outlines the benefits shippers can gain from using FTZs.
Supply chain disruptions become more manageable when shippers have supply chain technology that provides shipment visibility, writes Henry Hicks, Progress Software.
As multinational companies in the United States and around the world are increasingly influenced by changes in the international economy, global distribution networks must be fluid enough to accommodate unpredictability.
Shippers can avoid load board scams by taking the time to research the companies with which they do business, writes Jeff Vielhaber, TTS.
Managing risk in the supply chain requires that shippers address issues such as product safety, environmental concerns, labor management, and social responsibility.
Retailers can implement technology and processes to increase traceability and gain greater visibility into their supply chain, which helps track and retrieve products in the event of a product recall, writes Brendan Lowe, Aldata Solution.
As more manufacturers establish plants in Mexico, and as Mexican railroads improve their infrastructure and services, demand for rail transportation within the country and across the border with the U.S. continues to rise.
Well-defined business practices, thorough contracts, physical security, and active planning, help mitigate supply chain risk.
Dr. Jeff Karrenbauer of supply chain solutions provider INSIGHT offers tips for protecting against supply chain disruption.
Curt Shewchuck, chief security officer, Con-way Freight discusses how the carrier's security protocols helped avert a terrorist threat.
If your business plans include shipping to areas where civil unrest or natural disasters have occurred, be flexible and make strong connections, advises Larry Wenrich, Pilot Freight Services.
For many manufacturers and logistics professionals, preparation and opportunity are meeting right now at the U.S.-Canadian border, as North American companies on both sides of the boundary reexamine, redefine, and realign their global supply chain strategies.
Barry Tarnef, senior loss control specialist for Chubb Marine Underwriters, outlines strategies for reducing risk when shipping large machinery.
If you don't file accurate import data with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, you put your company at risk for penalties and fines, warns Kevin Shoemaker, director, global solutions for Integration Point Inc.
As you enter into new global business relationships, you can protect yourself from unnecessary penalties by knowing your customer.
Supply chain leaders and economic development experts provide insight on what's new in security, infrastructure, and manufacturing in Mexico.
Danny Halim of JDA Software offers strategies for minimizing risk in the global supply chain.
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Chandler Hall of BravoSolution explains how to reduce the frequency and severity of disruptions by fostering collaborative relationships with your suppliers.
Increased regulation in the form of CSA 2010 affects not only truckers, but also freight brokers providing insurance, according to Mike Williams, chief operating officer, Sunteck Transport Group.
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A steady stream of goods passing north and south across the U.S.-Canada border stitches the two nations tightly together, complicated by factors such as customs regulations, security protocols, data exchange, and infrastructure projects.
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A booming aerospace sector south of the border offers tremendous opportunities for U.S. and Canadian manufacturers.
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Robert L. Sobel of Cook, Hall, and Hyde outlines how shippers can benefit from trade disruption insurance.