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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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A Strategic Approach to Outsourcing European Distribution

I spoke to Tom Doherty, Senior Director Global Supply Chain at Welch Allyn, about the process they used to select a third party logistics (3PL) partner for European distribution.  Welch Allyn, a private company headquartered in Skaneateles Falls New York in the USA, is a leading global manufacturer of medical diagnostic equipment. The company has 2,600 worldwide employees. At the European distribution center (DC) goods, mainly in the form of ocean containers that originate from […]

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This Week in Logistics News (January 31 – February 6)

It’s been a crazy week around these parts. Still dealing with the aftermath of the Blizzard of 2015, the Boston area was pounded by another major snow storm. These two storms set a record for most snowfall in a 7 day period. With the roads and rail systems a mess already, the latest snow made local deliveries that much more difficult. It slowed commerce to a near halt; people were too busy shoveling out to […]

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This Week in Logistics News (January 17 – 23)

On Sunday night, I dealt with a logistical nightmare. I was fortunate enough to have tickets to the Patriots – Colts AFC Championship game. As a lifelong Pats fan, it was a treat to witness the victory. As a man with a decent amount of common sense, it was a difficult night. First, the rain. I don’t think I’ve spent that much time in sustained downpours before in my life. Luckily I had on many […]

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This Week in Logistics News (April 19 – 25)

It’s been a busy week here at Logistics Viewpoints as we get ready to head to Las Vegas next week for JDA Focus, and Hollywood, FL the week after for Manhattan Momentum. There’s a bit of everything in the news this week, so let’s get right to it. Amazon tries its own deliveries Freight train blues hit car supplies F1 technology to boost UK’s ‘next generation’ of automotive supply chains Oil and gas supply chain […]

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This Week in Logistics News (April 12 – 18)

This past Tuesday, April 15, marked the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. It was a moment that brought shock, terror, sadness, anger, strength, and pride to the city of Boston. The local and national media have done a terrific job of capturing the raw emotion of the events, and the healing process of the last year. I don’t feel it is necessary for me to recount my thoughts and opinions of the […]

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This Week in Logistics News (June 17-21, 2013)

Summer is finally here, so let’s go right to the news…and then maybe the pool. C.H. Robinson Continues European Expansion with Istanbul Office MercuryGate International Inc. Announces Expanded European Presence Through Partnership JDA Software Announces Integrated Product Roadmap FedEx Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter Earnings Oracle Doubles Dividend; Cloud SaaS Revenues Up 50%, Engineered Systems Up 45% Infor Reports Q4 Double-Digit Growth Natural Gas Seen as Major New Transport Fuel (Wall Street Journal) EU, U.S. leaders […]

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This Week in Logistics News (February 11-15, 2013)

Back in November 2008, I shared with you my fear of asteroids– see “All Greened Out (Until the Asteroid Comes).” Since then, various asteroids and meteors have come “near” our planet, but I suspect most people have been too busy with other things to notice or care. Well, this morning, according to a CNN report, “a meteor streaked through the skies above Russia’s Urals region Friday morning, before exploding with a flash and boom that […]

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The UK’s Collaborative Regional Carrier Networks

In the US we speak about “pallet pooling services,” while in the UK people speak of “pallet networks.” It turns out these are two very different things. The UK and the US — two nations divided by a common language. “Pallet pooling services” involve shippers renting pallets from companies like CHEP. These service providers collect the empty pallets at the end of the supply chain, inspect them, and efficiently move them back upstream to the […]

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Guest Commentary: Single-Minded Procurement Losing Ground in Europe

During tough economic times, long established practices tend to come under scrutiny as companies search for ways to gain a competitive edge. This is one reason why freight managers in Europe are reviewing a practice that has been part of their industry for many years: allocating all the cargo in a lane or other operational areas to a single carrier. Another approach is to employ multiple carriers in each lane to mitigate risks such as […]

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