Archive for Global Trade

Trump, Trade, Transportation, and the Protectionist’s Dilemma

Richard Peretz, UPS CFO, was on CNBC yesterday morning discussing the company’s most recent earnings release. The interview addressed a number of prominent topics in the logistics world. First of all, he noted the ongoing increase in B-to-C as a percentage of UPS’ overall business, and as we have stated repeatedly on Logistics Viewpoints, this is driven by the boom in e-commerce. Secondly, he noted the company’s ongoing investment in the automation of its US […]

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In Defense of Global Trade

Logically enough, the majority of Logistics Viewpoints (LV) readers work in the logistics field. And LV is a logistics industry blog, not a political op-ed site. However, I believe the issue of global trade is both a core logistics topic and a hot political one. Furthermore, the presidential candidates from both major parties have been denouncing international trade as of late. I actually believe both candidates are supporters of free trade, whether it be domestic or international. […]

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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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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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This Week in Logistics News (December 9-13, 2013)

Same-day delivery (or is it shipping?) and global trade dominated the news this week, so let’s take a look. Home Depot To Offer Same Day Delivery (Wall Street Journal) Retailers Turn Store Clerks Into Web Shippers (Wall Street Journal) WTO overcomes last minute hitch to reach its first global trade deal (Reuters) U.S.-Japan Impasse Dogs Pan-Pacific Trade Talks (Wall Street Journal) XPO Logistics Agrees to Acquire NLM Freight Shipments Fell 0.7% in October from September […]

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This Week in Logistics News (October 7-11, 2013)

There’s lots going on today, so let’s go straight to the news. Freight Shipments Rose 0.4% in August from July Turnover Rose at Large Truckload Fleets in the Second Quarter Federal Government Shutdown Starts to Crimp Trade (Wall Street Journal) New Customer-Centric Solution from SAP to Help Retailers Improve Operations, Consumer Experience and Brand Perception HighJump Software, TrueCommerce EDI Solutions Group Announces Strategic Partnership with AdvancePro Technologies Globe Tracker and Xmetra Announce Partnership UPS to […]

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Guest Commentary: Challenges with Global Logistics Workflows

Global supply chain networks have become more complex over the past several years, increasing the hunger for end-to-end visibility and supporting data at both the order detail and shipment level. The force behind this has been the desire to calculate precise inventory arrival dates and times to coincide with special promotions, replenish store inventory, and keep DC safety stock to a minimum, while ultimately increasing customer satisfaction and profit margins. In an effort to become […]

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This Week in Logistics News (February 25 – March 1, 2013)

The appliance repair guy showed up this morning to confirm what I already suspected: my refrigerator is on life support and will soon die. My five year old daughter burst out crying, not because buying a new fridge is certainly not in the budget right now (which is the reason I almost burst out crying), but because “I love that fridge!” and doesn’t want us to get a new one. She roamed the house crying […]

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Guest Commentary: 4 Essentials of Total Transportation Cost (One Piece of Total Landed Cost)

As I noted in a recent blog posting, it’s not easy to accurately calculate total landed costs (TLC). But it’s the best way to understand your business at the subatomic level, find process gaps, and optimize your supply chain in every way. Here are the 4 things you must have to calculate total transportation costs—one piece of TLC—and what you can do with the results. Executive buy-in. Where do costs lie, and what internal profit […]

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