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Category: Global Logistics

Strategies to Build a More Efficient Automotive Supply Chain in China

Also listed in: Global Trade

China represents tremendous opportunities for automakers and the companies that serve them. There are specific qualities that companies should seek in a qualified logistics provider to grasp their best opportunities. This whitepaper explains the top logistics challenges for the automotive industry in China, and how logistics providers can support automotive companies in China.

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Mexico: The New Industrial 'Nearshore' Special Report

Also listed in: Global Trade

For more than a generation, China was the destination of choice for offshore industrial manufacturing due to an abundant, low-cost labor pool, cheap oil, and low production costs. But that's changed. Rising wages and real estate costs in China, increases in oil prices, the delays inherent to transpacific shipping, and even shutdowns and logjams at U.S. seaports forced some manufacturers to look elsewhere. They turned to Mexico, a market that is the third-largest U.S. trade partner.

Wide Open: How the Panama Canal Expansion is Redrawing the Logistics Map 

Also listed in: Global Trade

How will the Panama Canal expansion in 2016 impact logistics? You'll find the answers in this new whitepaper, published by C.H. Robinson in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group. Among the paper's conclusions: The expansion could shift 10 percent of container traffic between East Asia and the United States from West Coast ports to East Coast ports; the battleground on which U.S. ports compete for customers will move several hundred miles west, to a region that accounts for more than 15 percent of GDP; and shippers and carriers will have to adapt their strategies and operations as logistics grow more complex.

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Gearing Up For Petrochemical Export Growth in North America

Also listed in: Chemical Logistics

With plastics export set to triple in the United States by 2020, petrochemical producers need additional storage and transportation capacity to accommodate this growth. This whitepaper offers in-depth analysis into additional storage capacity needed along the supply chain and at ports, and how producers plan to collaborate with stakeholders across the supply chain. It also provides tangible solutions to help companies overcome pressing issues such as storage and transportation capacity, and new infrastructure requirements.

Cost Model Analysis an Essential Step Toward Mexico Manufacturing Success

Also listed in: Global Trade

Manufacturers in the process of selecting new locations in Mexico for their operations need a full understanding of costs to take advantage of the benefits of manufacturing in the country. This whitepaper covers: the benefits of a cost model, an overview of elements included in a cost model and insight into the types of costs manufacturers should plan for, insight into true costs in Mexico, the importance of customizing each cost model, and a review of the factors that make Mexico cost-advantageous compared to other global manufacturing locations.

Demand Planning Innovations in Emerging Markets

Also listed in: Global Trade

Planning in emerging markets is both a risk and opportunity, but too many companies deploy the same techniques and systems as they would in a home market. This is a risk due to poor data availability, increased demand and supply variability and less reliable infrastructure and supplies. In emerging markets, there exist opportunities in demand planning due to a lack of "legacy" systems and processes, and plenty of quick wins when simple best practices are applied.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Transforming U.S. Trade

Also listed in: Global Trade

When it comes to global economic competitiveness, the United States is not as strong as it once was. To help mitigate this trend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has made transforming customs procedures to better align with modern business practices a priority. The Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEEs) are an integral part of those efforts. This whitepaper examines what the CEEs mean for importers and brokers, what changes they can expect, and how the CEEs might enable more streamlined and efficient customs processes in the future.

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Can JIT and Global Sourcing Strategies Co-exist? Understanding the Transformational Power of Cloud-based Supply Chain Visibility in Global Manufacturing

Also listed in: Global Trade

Just-in-time inventory strategies are at odds with global sourcing, but the two can coexist with the right technology. A cloud-based supply chain platform can mitigate the risk of sourcing globally without weighing down the supply chain with excess inventory and costs. Learn how cloud can:

  • Reduce buffer stock with in-transit visibility
  • Reallocate to meet changing demand requirements
  • Avoid hidden costs along the supply chain route
  • Reduce emergency expediting costs

Globally Local: The New Face of Right-Shoring

Also listed in: Global Trade

There is a revolution in today's supply chain as global corporations find more risk than reward in manufacturing thousands of miles away from customers. As a result, companies are shifting toward globally local supply chain operations or "right-shoring." In this whitepaper, Exel explores right-shoring, highlighting what it means for supply chain operations across geographies and industries.

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