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New alternatives are arising to meet this growing demand. For shipping to the US, some of the most time-saving and cost-effective solutions are in Canada’s Northwest. For the

US, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic offers a fully-equipped logistics platform that can open new supply chain options for multi-cargo and multi-destination shipping.

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In a world of ever changing dynamics and issues, business leaders need to develop their thinking and challenge conventional models to ensure their business prospers by responding in the right way, and at the right time, to both the challenges of today’s world and the emerging issues of the future.

Our World, Our Future is our global programme which represents a collective responsibility across the whole of DP World to build a sustainable business, as well as reflecting a collective benefit for everyone that DP World works with and in the communities where we are located

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According to Aberdeen Group, 55% of all companies have or will implement cloud-based global trade management (GTM) solutions within the next 12 months. This is a 37% increase since 2011. As companies move out from behind the firewall and convert manual processes to cloud-based solutions, they will embed balanced metrics at the executive level and foster organizational intelligence.

This Aberdeen Group report examines the challenges companies face as they transition to a GTM solution, and describes how to:

  • Embed supply chain metrics for risk and global trade into top management goals/compensation
  • Convert manual processes to cloud-based solutions for trade and visibility
  • Provide daily cross-function cost/metric reporting to management and involve executives in trade compliance initiatives
  • Implement 6 key process steps for operational intelligence

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Today's economy requires that logistics providers "do more with less," yet continue to differentiate their service offerings to win business in a competitive industry. Implementing an automated international transportation management solution can help logistics providers improve sales effectiveness and win more business at higher margins.

Download Amber Road’s eBook to learn how our Transportation Management solution can help you:

  • Improve margins by quoting services based on accurate bottom-line shipment costs
  • Increase revenue by handling more customer accounts and processing more rate quotation requests
  • Enhance competitiveness with faster response times and improved quote accuracy

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Free trade agreements (FTAs) pose an incredible opportunity for global companies to reduce the landed cost of sourced products, and improve profit margins by an average of 3-7%. However, successfully managing the FTA qualification process, documentation, and supplier communications can be tricky.

This white paper presents best practices for taking advantage of FTA opportunities, including:


  • Establishing a supplier management program 
  • Implementing multi-sourcing data visibility 
  • Managing supplier communications with an automated solicitation process 
  • Automating the qualification process 
  • Expanding your trade agreement portfolio

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Many companies today still employ various point solutions from niche AP and P2P software providers to execute the financial supply chain. In doing so, companies over-complicate the very process they seek to simplify. Point solutions reside in a silo, preventing the flow of data across departments such as sourcing, logistics, treasury and finance. They become a barrier. PayStream Advisors suggests companies can gain the same benefits seen with niche providers, but through a single, consolidated platform that houses multiple solutions. By using a broader platform approach with their supply chain transformation, companies gain more than just a single point facilitating multiple solutions—this platform houses, connects and shares data across all areas of the business process, including the physical and financial supply chain.

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58% of companies agree that their inability to take advantage of preferential duty programs is costing them a material amount today and unless corrected, will only increase. Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) programs offer an opportunity for substantial import/export duty and fee savings, in addition to increased supply chain efficiencies and trade compliance improvements.

Download this eBook today to learn how you can get started with FTZs. Key topics include:

  • An overview of FTZs
  • The duty and merchandise processing fee savings offered by FTZs
  • How FTZs can improve supply chain performance
  • The challenges associated with incorporating a FTZ and how automation can help



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Don’t let the next seasonal peak limit your logistics strategy. 75% of logistics professionals report that their inventory significantly exceeds capacity at some point during the year. These peaks present a host of financial and logistical challenges but solutions do exist. FLEXE conducted a broad survey of logistics professionals to help our industry better understand the inventory fluctuations we hear about every day. Download the complimentary white paper “Warehouse Capacity Economics and Trends” to discover these key drivers of supply and demand fluctuations, the most common solutions, and how dynamic capacity modeling in conjunction with on-demand warehousing change the warehouse network planning equation.

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When the temperature dropped, snow fell and traffic stopped, a major automaker relied on support from its ocean carrier partner to keep its supply chain and assembly line running.

Any carrier can deliver port-to-port services but then you carry the burden of final delivery.  It’s time to start contingency planning for the upcoming winter.  Find out what communication resources helped ensure end-to-end delivery during one of the worst winters in recent years.

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Inportant! : The Terminal Information Portal System, or TIPS, will make your working day easier.

The first system of its kind in the United States, TIPS was developed by Sustainable Terminals Services Inc. (STS), a nonprofit company created by a consortium of port terminal operators. The tool compiles information from all six container terminals and makes this data available to qualified users in real-time over the Internet. Container availability, booking status, vessel schedule and empty container return location information — all this and more — are available on a single online platform. TIPS was developed in response to a Port Performance Task Force recommendation to create a port community system.  Interested?  Click on the link above to read more.

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Air cargo can help optimize your global supply chain with speed to market and the best combination of service and price. This white paper explores.

  • How air cargo can provide quick response to market demands
  • The value of technology in air cargo services
  • The benefits of air cargo in emerging markets
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One of the greatest supply chain challenges that companies face is to reliably and profitably meet global demand. Outsourced manufacturing, lengthy global supply chains, a large number of suppliers, and volatile demand all create an environment where supply chain decision-makers worry that they can't deliver on promises they've made.

But companies with a strong assurance of supply program have confidence in their ability to fulfill demand. They're able to make dynamic, data-driven changes in the execution stage to counter disruption and volatility. These decisions are made possible by cloud-based supply chain technology.

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Getting stock levels right has always challenged retailers.  But now, a revolution in customers’ shopping habits has rendered all traditional inventory management tactics inadequate. Today’s retailers need to look upstream in the supply chain network to solve inventory problems.  Yet this upstream focus remains dark, uncertain territory for many.  Retailers must become more aware of all their operations.  That means having detailed information about their entire supply chain network.   By having the visibility and communication tools to make quick changes, a supply chain can parry any sudden demand shifts with ease. 

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Navigating the World of Tougher Product Safety and Compliance Requirements

Global organizations are operating their supply chains in an environment of increasing complexity and ever-changing regulatory constraints. The product safety and compliance risks involved are especially persistent and costly, and achieving supply chain excellence in these areas is a journey with many obstacles to overcome.

This white paper identifies best practices for properly navigating the product safety and compliance requirements for your supply stream. Key topics include:

  • How global sourcing shifts influence product safety and compliance
  • The growing regulatory pressures from nearly every level of government
  • Approaches to help manage the increasing regulatory requirements and streamline product safety and compliance initiatives


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A paradigm shift is occurring within the commodities shipping industry. More and more, foreign entities want to skip the traditional way of purchasing their products where there has been a merchant in between the seller (grower) and the buyer (foreign company). 

Similarly, sellers are showing a preference toward direct sales to increase their margins. These two-party transactions help alleviate costs and allow buyers to gain more control over both the quality of the product they receive and the timeliness of the shipments. 

With a long history as a commodities merchant, Dunavant is uniquely positioned to help these foreign buyers and sellers understand the nuances of shipping commodities from farm to final destination.

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Are you striving to bring new products to market faster and optimize supply chain efficiencies?

Without fully integrating trading partners to connect your entire global supply chain, this is an impossible objective. 

Amber Road’s new white paper explains how a collaborative supply chain platform can enable you to: 

  • Improve accessibility to shipping information
  • Effectively manage all local and global compliance requirements
  • Increase visibility into your product, production and supply chain processes

Download this white paper to learn how you can achieve supply chain success with a collaborative Product Lifecycle Management solution!

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A continuing capacity shortage, rising freight rates, and stricter government regulations exacerbate transportation challenges faced by shippers. Outsourcing transportation can be a solution - and for many companies is the most important strategic decision it makes. This whitepaper provides practical tips on how to outsource transportation effectively, and covers the following:

  • Does your company have a culture to embrace outsourcing practices? 
  • Evaluating whether or not you should outsource
  • Identifying your technology needs, requirements
  • Seeking out the right capabilities
  • Evaluating your outsourcing success
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Imagine a world where physical objects exchange knowledge and cooperate together like teammates to achieve unparalleled business efficiency. From textile looms to shipping pallets to store shelves, everything in the supply chain would sync, automatically, to optimize operations.

The Internet of Things is bringing about that world at a furious pace—very soon over 26 billion devices of all shapes and sizes will be connected to the Internet. Retailers and manufacturers will face greater complexity than ever before, but there are tangible steps you can take to prepare yourself to thrive in the upcoming whirlwind of the internet of things supply chain.


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Powerful TMS applications give shippers the ability to manage orders, optimize loads, select the best carriers, settle payment and manage claims, and much more. This whitepaper highlights best practices of how these leading companies are experiencing significant benefits from technology - all provided by LeSaint's strategic technology partner:

  • BE Aerospace: "Freight Payment Audit Details Transportation Spend"
  • RSC Equipment Rental: "When Quicker Is Better"
  • Service Master: "Technology That Turned Complex Business Challenges Into Solutions"
  • Technicolor: "Color Me Visible
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How Collaboration Reduces Your Global Supplier Risks

Today’s supply chains are increasingly complex, and companies must manage risks both proactively and reactively to avoid disruptions like quality issues, shipment delays, product shortages, and excessive expediting costs.

Download this white paper to discover the strategies your organization can employ to minimize supply chain risks, including:

  • Identifying global sourcing risks 
  • Analyzing future risks
  • Collaborating with supply chain trading partners to react before, during and after disruptions
  • Selecting the right solution for your organization