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Archives for January 2014

Supply Chains in China: New Strategies for a New Year

Chinese New Year

This week China celebrates the end of the Year of the Snake and the beginning of the Year of the Horse. The Chinese New Year also represents a good opportunity for companies to review their supply chain strategies in China given the changes—both economic and logistics-specific—that could unfold in 2014.

These changes will put greater emphasis on increasing productivity as well as the role of technology such as transportation management system (TMS) solutions to increase efficiency and capture savings. Read More…

How a TMS Sheds Light on the Dark Side of Global Trade

TMS Global Trade
Transportation management system (TMS) solutions have many applications but here’s one that is often overlooked even though it is gaining in importance: rooting out costly corruption.

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), a U.S. federal law, was enacted for the purpose of making it unlawful for state entities to make payments to foreign government officials to assist in obtaining or retaining business. The anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA have applied to all U.S. persons, legal entities, and certain foreign issuers of securities. These anti-bribery provisions also apply to foreign firms and persons who cause, directly or through agents, an act in furtherance of such a corrupt payment to take place within the territory of the United States. Violation of the FCPA can result in multi-million dollar fines and serious reputational damage for organizations that are implicated in these crimes. Read More…

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Mind the Gap: Global Vendor Management

Global Vendor Management

Editor’s Note: On December 10 2013, Bryan Foe contributed a blog post for Transportfolio®. We’re sharing his original post here because global vendor management is always a relevant topic. Please share your thoughts and read the blog post, Mind the Gap: Global Vendor Management.

Have you traveled on a train in a European city? Chances are you heard some version of the phrase: Mind the Gap. The phrase cautions passengers to watch the gap between a train door and station platform. I think the same warning holds true for anyone who ships freight around the world. While cargo moves freely across continents, technology might lag behind, creating a gap. This is when communication breakdowns happen—currency and language translations fail—and we’re reminded to watch our step. Freight sails away from one port, disappears for days or weeks, and surfaces at a new port. Information gaps mask potential delivery failures. And no company likes botched deliveries. Is there any solution? Read More…

4 Ways Technology Can Accelerate the Global Supply Chain and Help Satisfy Customer Demand

Supply Chain Technology

In an effort to smooth out extreme fluctuations in demand, a company introduced an incentive program that rewarded sales people according to the number of pallets of product they sold by month end. The sales reps responded by encouraging customers to order an unnecessary truckload of product close to the end of each month, and then “rejecting” the product early the following month. Read More…