Archive for Global Trade

How Will Brexit Affect Global Supply Chains?

Brexit will have a minimal impact on global supply chains. The U.S. presidential election could have a much bigger impact. And changes in EU tax enforcement, the most of all.

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Incorporating Taxes and Duties in Supply Chain Design

There are numerous ways to integrate tax and duties in supply chain design. Here are a few ways to consider both logistics and tax considerations in a holistic view for the best overall design decisions. The supply chain is core to how your business is run and its costs, profit and growth. With the increasing globalization of business, variable taxes and duties across trading borders have a huge impact on overall cost, supplier sourcing, manufacturing […]

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On the journey to global e-commerce success, companies should expect the unexpected

In markets with unpredictable logistics questions, automation can help businesses find the answer Companies are leaping head first into new markets, looking to cash in on the lucrative omni-channel opportunities unlocked by the global expansion of e-commerce. Yet as they race to add customers, build sales and boost revenues abroad, many companies are putting potential profits in jeopardy by entering new markets without a solid plan for managing their global shipping and logistics operations. As […]

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What’s Happening to Global Trade?

What is happening to global trade? You may ask, “What do you mean?” Well, I think a quote from a World Trade Organization (WTO) September press release describes the situation the best: “If current projections are realised, 2015 will mark the fourth consecutive year in which annual trade growth has fallen below 3 per cent and the fourth year where trade has grown at roughly the same rate as world GDP, rather than twice as […]

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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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