Archive for Global Trade

New Year, New Economic Bloc – the AEC

Ring out the old, ring in the new, so the saying goes. Indeed, because while 2015 was fading out this last December 31, the new ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) was being born. But if you live much beyond the shores of Southeast Asia it is likely news of this particular birth passed you by. So let me explain, because this region of 632 million people and combined GDP of $2.5 trillion is set to become an […]

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6 Answers for Your Top TPP Agreement Questions

You’ve probably heard about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in the last few weeks in some form or another. Since the release of the final text for the TPP agreement, along with President Obama’s announcement on November 5, 2015, that he intended to sign it, the TPP agreement has been a fairly hot topic—across all industries—with some aspects being more controversial than others. While we’re still sorting through the full text, we wanted to provide […]

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The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and International Supply Chain Development

In last Friday’s “This Week in Logistics News” blog post, I mentioned that the TPP details had finally been released by the participating countries’ governments. Since Friday, I have spent a good deal of time reviewing the TPP trade agreement for topics of relevance to the logistics and logistics technology industries. Here is my first finding – I could never have been a lawyer. The document is not an easy read, to say the least. […]

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The Next Global Recession

At this point, experts are not saying that China has slipped into recession. But recessions are defined in the rear-view mirror, after they have already occurred. Further clouding the issue is the fact that leading economists have long questioned how accurate China’s GDP data really is. Companies would be well advised to start doing contingency planning assuming that China is in recession. Further, companies need to also ask not just how a Chinese recession impacts […]

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The Trans Pacific Partnership – Are you Positioned to Benefit?

The Pacific Rim trade deal, formally known as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), obtained a great deal of media coverage in June as Congress debated legislation aimed at providing the President with “fast-track” approval authority. The intensity surrounding debates and opinions led me to believe that this proposed multi-lateral trade agreement would soon come to fruition. Not even close. Examining the Details? Logistics is inexorably linked to international trade. At ARC, we conduct research on […]

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3 Reasons Why Intermodal Transportation is an Attractive Alternative to Long-Haul Trucking

A shortage of drivers in the trucking industry is creating some painful dilemmas for transportation buyers and logistics managers. With the average age of a truck driver now in the late fifties and a dwindling interest in the trucking career path among young workers, it’s getting harder — and more expensive — to find drivers to carry long-haul loads. Truck drivers are required to spend long hours away from home without the company of co-workers. […]

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Iran and International Trade Expansion

Last week negotiators from the P5+1 (or EU+3) and Iran developed a preliminary agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. This opened the door for Iranian sanction relief and presents the question, “How will Iran’s international trade change, and what partners will benefit?” The World Bank lists Iran’s 2013 GDP at $369 billion, making it the third largest economy in the region, behind Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Iran’s largest export is petroleum, representing about 80 percent of […]

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E-Commerce Growth Brings Last Mile Headaches

During the second half of 2014, Clint Reiser and I worked on an extensive survey examining the omni-channel commerce landscape. One of the key findings from that research was on the growth of e-commerce. According to our research, the lion’s share of revenue is still driven by the store. Brick and mortar locations accounted for approximately 67% of all revenue for our survey respondents. However, when looking at revenue growth, our research tells us a […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 7 – 13)

The unemployment rate edged down slightly in February 2015, to 5.5%. While the unemployment rate for teenagers decreased 1.7% to 17.1%, the rate for adult men (5.2%) and women (4.9%) remained relatively unchanged. This is a good sign for the US economy, as jobs continue to grow. There is one area, in particular, that has a very promising forecast: supply chain leaders. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that jobs in logistics will increase […]

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This Week in Logistics News (February 21 – 27)

The times they are a-changing. This week’s news reflects some major changes, especially in the retail world. The West Coast port work stoppage has come to an end with a formal agreement in place after 9+ months of discussions. Major retailers are branching into new, and often unlikely spaces, as the global e-commerce market soars. The commercial drone industry finally has an initial set of regulations in place, which now opens a 60 day comment […]

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