Global Sourcing

Global Sourcing

Coverage of developments in the global supply chain, including changes in sourcing patterns.

Commentary

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.

News & Analysis

20 Oct 2014
The global shipping community is feeling the effects of Ebola in the form of vessel delays and schedule changes, along with potential quarantines and ship health screenings.
15 Oct 2014
SHENZHEN, China — Manufacturing isn’t migrating from China as rapidly as most experts expected, despite wages that are rising at nearly 20 percent a year, researchers focusing on sourcing trends told the TPM Asia Conference in Shenzhen on Wednesday.
07 Oct 2014
The Chinese government unveiled a six-year plan to develop the nation’s infrastructure and capacity, including a strategy to double the size of the port of Tianjin, in order to boost import and export flows and modernize its domestic supply chain.
03 Oct 2014
UPS added 766 U.S. postal codes to its UPS Worldwide Express Plus network in the third quarter, extending the reach of its international earliest morning service deeper into the U.S.
A busy warehousing operation in Mexico
26 Sep 2014
Ryder System is expanding its inland distribution network in Mexico, starting with a transloading center for Chrysler at the Gulf Coast Port of Altamira.
FedEx
18 Sep 2014
There really was a Christmas in July this year, at least in terms of increased global container business. That bodes well for North American trucking, intermodal rail and package delivery companies now preparing for an influx of freight ahead of the holiday season.
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Consulting Group indicates traditional views of where low-cost and high-cost manufacturing regions are located are out of date, suggesting companies should modernize their global sourcing and production networks.
China shoe factory
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.