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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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Apple and Total Landed Profits

Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, was hauled in front of a Congressional subcommittee in May and grilled about corporate tax avoidance. At issue is a complex corporate structure that allows Apple’s European subsidiaries to distribute profits to a holding company in Ireland where the corporate tax rate is 12.5 percent. As a result, Apple holds over $100 billion in Ireland that the CEO says “isn’t coming back” anytime soon. This equates to avoiding $35 billion in […]

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Where Should Young Professionals Look for Supply Chain Jobs?

It is still a tough economy out there, with unemployment in the U.S. still hovering near 10 percent. Where should a young person interested in a supply chain management career look for a job?  My top two choices: Bentonville, Arkansas and Geneva, Switzerland. Bentonville is where Walmart is headquartered. But the jobs there are not just for Walmart. Many large consumer goods (CG) companies have account teams in Bentonville to service Walmart. These account teams […]

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An Asian Supply Chain Success Story

Once upon a time there was a global, medical products company that was very unhappy with the way it was treating its customers in Asia. The company’s main customers are hospitals that use its products in emergency room surgeries. Not surprisingly, its customers wanted a high level of product availability. But this was a problem because the company’s factories are primarily located in North America and Europe, even though Asia (excluding Japan) is its fastest […]

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