Archive for sourcing

Looking Ahead at Global Trade in 2019

Protectionist trade policies are leading to shifts in country sourcing practices and investments in automation and technology to help keep goods moving and visible. And there is no reason to believe that in the coming twelve months we will see a waning of geo-political posturing along the trade front. As we move into 2019, there are six major areas of concern for anyone playing a part in global trade. 

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McDonald’s Risky Commitment to a Cage Free Eggs Supply Chain

McDonald’s announced a 10-year plan to produce cage free eggs. The Fortune article is mainly a turnaround story. But this turnaround depends upon a supply chain transformation.

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Next Generation Supply Chain Risk Management: A Case Study

We are entering an era where it is becoming possible to detect supply chain risks much more quickly.  A case in point is offered by AGCO.  AGCO is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of a wide range of agricultural equipment. In a discussion with AGCO’s Jan Theissen, Director of Strategy and Methods, and Jake Stone, Manager of Supply Chain Risk and Contract Management, I learned about this public, Atlanta headquartered corporation’s […]

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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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Guest Commentary: Transportation Sourcing Doesn’t Have to Be a Painful Process

As the economic recovery continues, several things are certain: fuel costs will eventually rise, truck capacity will tighten, trucking fleets will decline, driver availability will be constrained and pricing control will begin to shift away from shippers. With base rate increases and fuel surcharge fluctuations on the horizon, best-in-class companies understand the need to become carrier friendly and establish strong carrier relationships to mitigate these future challenges. Since the majority of transportation expenditures are typically […]

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Guest Commentary: From Offshoring to Nearshoring: Understanding the Shifting Sourcing Dynamic

While Asia remains the Mecca for low-priced goods, many companies are discovering the hidden costs and risks associated with offshore manufacturing. Volatile shipping rates and capacity, uncertain forecasts, limited alternatives and overall speed-to-market needs have businesses looking for viable alternatives. Many are turning no further than our neighbor to the south – Mexico. Rising Costs, Sinking Capacity The Asian shipping market was hit hard in late 2008 and 2009 as the recession bore down on […]

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