Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Choice” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice.
When driving by a busy seaport, I’m always awed at the hulking towers of shipping containers stacked eight to ten high in the yards surrounding the terminals. Every ocean container full of goods has a starting point well before products become freight. In fact, a product’s journey begins before the materials come together to form it and well before an order is placed, assembled, shipped and cleared by customs. It starts when a brand owner decides where to source the goods—a multi-dimensional decision that includes everything from product quality, trade lanes, and duties and tariffs to logistics and trade compliance factors.
Sourcing concepts have remained relatively constant throughout history: Make high-quality goods at the lowest possible cost. Likewise, logistics operations run on critical factors that are fundamental to that side of the business: Ship goods in the most efficient, cost-effective manner.
It’s no longer that simple.
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Gary provides customer insights on the value of E2open’s Global Trade & Logistics intelligent applications and helps promote E2open’s next generation digital supply chain platform. Gary joined E2open with the 2019 acquisition of Amber Road. Previously, he was VP, Industry Development for ecVision. He has 20 years of U.S. military service, where his primary specialty was providing marketing support to Army National Guard recruiting and retention operations. Gary received a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York and currently pursues a master’s degree at Moravian College.