Archive for China

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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This Week in Logistics News (September 16-20, 2013)

“Half the countries in the world have an even number of chickens.” I wrote those words on a sticky note back in college, which I found in a memory box recently. I have no idea what it means, or what I was thinking at the time, but if I went through the trouble of saving the note, it must be important, right? In more relevant news… Amber Road Acquires Shanghai-Based EasyCargo Trimble to Acquire the […]

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Best-Cost vs. Least-Cost Sourcing

The “reshoring” of manufacturing operations from China and elsewhere to the United States continues to make headlines. Back in December 2012, for example, Apple announced that it is investing $100 million to build some of its Mac products in the US. A month later, Walmart announced that it will increase its sourcing of US products by $50 billion over the next 10 years. And earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal published an article about […]

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This Week in Logistics News (October 22-26, 2012)

Last year, Halloween greeted us with a snow and ice storm. This year, it greets us with Hurricane Sandy. This is too much trick and not enough treat for me. In other news… C.H. Robinson Reports Third Quarter Results UPS International Profit Rebounds SAP Announces Record Third Quarter Results Exceed €1 Billion in Third Quarter Software Revenue C.H. Robinson Europe BV Receives AEO-certification FedEx Freight Expands Service and Shipping Solutions to Meet Customer Needs in […]

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This Week in Logistics News (September 10-14, 2012)

The outbreak of violence in the Middle East was a troubling development this week, with possible supply chain implications in the near future if the situation worsens. Let’s hope the political leaders on all sides can diffuse this situation quickly and without additional violence. In other news… Freight Shipments Rose 0.1% in July from June Truckload Driver Turnover Surges in Second Quarter Retail Container Imports To Increase 8.5 Percent In September WTO to cut forecast […]

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This Week in Logistics News (September 3-7, 2012)

Are you up yet?! What do you want for breakfast? Look in the other drawer. Don’t forget your lunch in the fridge. Why is this binder on the floor? I have no idea where your other sneaker is, just look for it! Did you brush your teeth? If we don’t leave in one minute we’re going to be late! Yes, school is back in session, and so is the morning chaos of getting four kids […]

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This Week in Logistics News (July 23-27, 2012)

The London Olympics begin today. Swimming, gymnastics, track and field…pick, pack, and ship, the 100-mile delivery, the perfect order relay… Manhattan Associates Reports Record Second Quarter Revenue and Earning Ryder Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results C.H. Robinson Reports Second Quarter Results UPS 2Q Earnings Per Share Up 7.5 Percent JDA Software Announces Reseller Agreement with Strategix International GmbH in Russia HighJump TrueCommerce EDI Solutions Delivers Web-Based EDI Integration for Microsoft Dynamics GP ATA Truck Tonnage […]

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This Week in Logistics News (July 2-6, 2012)

Except for the discovery of the Higgs boson (or something that looks like it), this was a very quiet week for news. So, let’s get right to it: FedEx Strengthens Position in Brazil with Acquisition of Rapidão Cometa UPS Freight Announces 2012 Rate Adjustment Manufacturing shrinks, first time in nearly three years (Reuters) “Stagnant” economy takes toll on U.S. retailers’ June sales (Reuters) Cass Freight Index Report June 2012 US Accuses China Over Duties on […]

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This Week in Logistics News (May 28-June 1, 2012)

I love the start of a new month because (among other things) I get to turn the page on my wall calendar, the one my wife makes for me every year, and see what family picture she selected for the month. June is my wife’s birthday and our anniversary, so not surprising, this month’s picture is of the two of us, embraced and smiling in our dining room, taken sometime last year on a day […]

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Trade Growth to Slow in 2012

In our weekly news roundup a couple of weeks ago, we briefly reported on the World Trade Organization’s trade figures for 2011. Because global trade is an important topic for supply chain professionals, I thought it was worth digging just a bit deeper. As reported in the WTO press release, “World trade expanded in 2011 by 5 percent, a sharp deceleration from the 2010 rebound of 13.8 percent.” These figures are in “real” or volume […]

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