Most of what I read about what 3D printing is, or of all the amazing things it is poised to accomplish, tends to reiterate how much this new technology is still in its infancy and, as such, will experience a unique set of growing pains and will require a unique supporting infrastructure.
Coverage of developments in the global supply chain, including changes in sourcing patterns.
News & Analysis
04 Sep 2014
A pending free trade agreement involving the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim countries could jeopardize mainland China’s dominance in producing apparel for U.S. consumers.
22 Aug 2014
The acquisition of huge non-vessel-owning common carrier China Container Line (CCL) in the first half by Li & Fung reaped immediate rewards for the global sourcing giant, which saw its logistics sector operating profit leap by 31 percent in the first six months of the year.
19 Aug 2014
A new report released by The Boston Consulting Group indicates traditional views of where low-cost and high-cost manufacturing regions are located are out of date, suggesting companies should modernize their global sourcing and production networks.
31 Jul 2014
China will remain the clear leader in U.S. footwear imports even as Vietnam and other countries nibble away at its market share, according to a new forecast by the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America.
18 Jul 2014
Rising labor costs continue to drive factories out of the Pearl River Delta...
26 Jun 2014
The lifting of sanctions against Myanmar two years ago came at a time when garment makers in China were struggling with fast-rising labor costs and looking around Asia for alternative sourcing options.
24 Jun 2014
HP now stacks up to 50 containers on a block train that travels from Chongqing to the German city of Duisburg, on a route known as the New Silk Way that was developed by Kazakhstan Railways.
30 May 2014
“Nearshoring” to Mexico can reduce transit time and transportation costs, but those savings can be offset by added costs for customs clearance and security inspections, a supply chain executive at retailer Crate and Barrel said.
30 May 2014
In a survey of 552 companies, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China found that many of its members feel the “golden age” of multinational corporations in the mainland is over.
13 May 2014
In 1988, when the Berlin Wall was still standing and Russia was still a part of the Soviet Union, McDonald’s opened its first restaurant in Moscow. The first of the chain’s restaurants to open inside a communist country, it drew crowds and global attention. Today, McDonald’s has 35,000 restaurants in more than 100 nations.