Today's supply chains are anything but simple. Made up of hundreds of partners spanning continents and oceans, they contain a bewildering number of moving parts. Disruptions - like strikes, natural disasters, economic sanctions, etc - can bring a supply chain to its knees. Even normal market fluctuations in demand, particularly of today's volatile sort, can cripple a business. The only insurance against this is to create an agile supply chain that can parry unexpected events. Since transportation is businesses' highest indirect cost, making it agile can create a strong foundation for the whole supply chain. Brand new global TMS technology is enabling just that.
Partitions are natural in business. Each employee has a specific role, and each division specializes on a specific product or function within the enterprise. These partitions often become more fragmented over time. Multi-enterprise operations add another dimension to these partitions, one that unnecessarily decreases efficiency while increasing costs. As it relates to transportation management in today's supply chains, a community approach can bridge these partitions, increasing visibility across the supply chain and addressing the uncertainty of the unknown.
Customer experience is critical to today's supply chains. Unique supply chain needs require detailed attention. In scenarios where disruptions occurring within a silo impact final delivery, companies want to be proactive. The more proactive a company is, the better chance it has of preserving the customer experience. Creating a global connected view means knowing what is happening much further up the chain, so better decisions can be made. A platform approach to transportation management and a network community model operating on this foundation are key to reducing transportation spend while at the same time driving improvements in customer experience.
A global view of transportation unites international and domestic TMS to enable cross-silo planning optimization, execution and visibility. This opens the door to cost savings realization ''within the silo" and "cross-silo." More importantly, it builds efficiency and agility into the supply chain thus enhancing customer experience.
But building this level of view and control requires deep considerations. The key is deploying an end-to-end supply chain layer that all existing applications can plug into. This delivers a single platform for controlling, planning and viewing all data, regardless of region or mode.
With winter weather delays a steady weekly occurrence this year, the impact on port productivity is high. One way to combat this, as well as setbacks that arise unrelated to weather, is a simple one that is complicated to put into practice. Timely and continual communication between all stakeholders can make a significant difference in alleviating issues, reported the Port Performance Task Force that examined operations at the Port of New York and New Jersey in 2013. This white paper looks at this and their other recommendations, as well as the initial process of implementation.
The drive to capture the business benefits of low cost country sourcing has far out-paced the processes and systems needed to efficiently manage the global supply chain.
Most importers do not have a formal solution to manage international transportation yet technology holds the key to containing escalating international transportation costs.
Amber Road’s white paper, Best Practices to Reduce International Freight Costs, provides key improvement strategies to better manage and reduce international freight spend, such as:
- Centrally manage contracts and offer “total rate searches”
- Optimize carrier selection prior to booking
- Audit and correctly pay freight bills of lading
Download this white paper to discover how your company can benefit from contract automation to meet, or even exceed your aggressive budget commitments.
Air and ocean consolidation can provide strategic benefits for shippers. This white paper explores global consolidation options and the outcomes companies can expect when consolidating their freight.
It’s not always possible for companies to fill an entire container with their own export freight. Both small organizations that cannot wait to fill a container, and large ones with high value cargo, may have between 1 and 15 pallets to ship at a time. Air and ocean carriers require shippers to work with freight consolidators to accommodate small volume shipping needs.
With the cost of manufacturing rising in Asia, many companies are turning to Mexico as they re-think their global supply chain strategies. Today’s shippers are sending more freight across the U.S./Mexico border as they expand their operations and customer base in Mexico. Working across the border is a challenge and shippers need to understand the risks involved. Third-party logistics (3PL) providers can help manage those risks and greatly simplify the cross-border process.
Having already become the world’s largest merchandise exporter, China’s economic growth no longer centers around expanding the nation’s presence in foreign markets. Although a wide range of U.S. companies — including small and midsize exporters — have flocked to China, most face a wide range of challenges in their efforts to maximize their opportunities. A recent study conducted by Amber Road found that, when it comes to compliance with Chinese regulations, fully 100 percent of their customers were concerned with “persistent issues” involving the management of their supply chains in China.
Download this whitepaper for an examination of the ins and outs of China’s trade regulations, including the role of Global Trade management, CTM case studies, best practices for working with local agents and more.
Increased globalization of the supply chain is causing shipments to spend more time in the transport and logistics pipeline, particularly the ocean. Often overlooked is the link between costs and intercontinental shipping event performance.
The Aberdeen Group’s brand new report, Intercontinental Visibility Scorecards: Event Data Quality, polled 142 shippers to investigate:
- Which events industry leaders view as essential
- How leaders move from raw data to intelligence
- The link between improved supply chain visibility and reduced costs
Find out how your intercontinental visibility measures up with these scorecards - download the report today!
Approximately 45% of the nation’s imports pass through the gateways of Los Angeles and Long Beach with container volumes forecasted to more than triple between now and 2035. The Freight Advanced Traveler Information System (FRATIS) project is one effort underway to find solutions that will support port growth while improving productivity, mobility, air quality, and public health.
FRATIS is a public-private partnership designed to reduce the amount of time that trucks spend waiting to get into marine terminal yards by enabling the drayage company and marine terminal to exchange information in advance.
Visibility is a prerequisite to supply chain agility and responsiveness – in fact, new research from the Aberdeen Group found that 85% of companies plan to increase their current level of end-to-end supply chain visibility.
The Aberdeen Group’s brand new report, Supply Chain Visibility and Segmentation: Control Tower Approach, identifies the best practices used by top performers to realize key financial benefits, including:
- 95% of orders delivered to customers on time
- 94% of orders received from suppliers on time
- -7.5% decrease in the frequency of out-of-stock inventory in the past year
Discover the key financial benefits derived from enhanced visibility - download the report today!
How Confidence in a Reliable Supply Stream Creates Healthy Companies
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.
Many businesses that were previously unable to invest in China are now gaining access to the booming economy thanks to the eased market restrictions provided by the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone (PFTZ).
Microsoft recently set up PFTZ operations in order to access a $13.4 billion video game market, making them the first company to sell video game consoles in China since a ban in 2002.
Are you ready to take advantage of the benefits the PFTZ offers, but unsure how to get started? This white paper provides an overview of the PFTZ, including:
- Trade facilitation changes from Customs and China Inspection and Quarantine (CIQ)
- How your global supply chain and compliance operations are impacted
- Amber Road's CTM solution as the enabler to take advantage of the new reform measures
Download this white paper to learn how you can attain the benefits offered by the Shanghai PFTZ!
Due to its robust economy and status as a global manufacturing powerhouse, it’s no surprise that over 77% of companies are operating in China. However, the vast majority of these companies are unable to successfully navigate China’s complex trade environment, characterized by ever changing trade regulations that vary by region.
This brand new report from the Aberdeen Group, China Trade Operations: Trends and Advancements, provides in-depth insights into the complexities of China trade operations, and explains how a China Trade Management (CTM) solution can help companies:
- Evaluate and optimize trade operations across General and Processing Trade
- Take advantage of duty deferral and reduction regimes
- Improve operational efficiency
Learn how you can improve end-to-end efficiencies with a CTM solution - download your complimentary copy today!
The JOC’s Port Productivity whitepaper provides global rankings of key terminals and ports in the Americas, Europe/Middle East/Africa, and Asia. The dataset behind this whitepaper consists of over 150,000 vessel calls during 2013, inclusive of 771 terminals operating at 483 global ports worldwide.
The JOC’s newest whitepaper, BERTH PRODUCTIVITY, The Trends, Outlook and Market Forces Impacting Ship Turnaround Times highlights the following rankings:
- Top 20 Global Ports
- Port Productivity by Ship Size
- Top 10 Global Ports by Region
- Top Global Terminals By Region
The Journal of Commerce’s annual Top 100 Importers and Exporters ranking begins with data from PIERS that is then enhanced by information gathered from other industry sources. The lists are restricted to shippers — beneficial cargo owners of containerized cargo that entered or exited U.S. ports by ocean vessel during 2013. These rankings represent our best approximation of the total international oceanborne shipments by these companies and their subsidiaries.
In addition to our annual ranking of top U.S. importers and exporters, this whitepaper provides expert analysis on the market forces impacting beneficial cargo owners and transportation providers, including:
- Contract negotiations between the ILWU and west coast ports
- The introduction of post-Panamax ships to U.S. trade lanes
- The impact of the recent service contracting season on container rates
- And more!
With 85% of companies engaged in overseas operations, changes in labor rates and fluctuating fuel prices can have a major impact on profits and the global economy. That’s why it’s no surprise that over 76% of companies are reassessing their inbound supply-demand network to consider Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs).
This brand new report from the Aberdeen Group, Advancing Global Trade: Foreign Trade Zone Solutions Revealed, highlights the rising importance of cross-border trade, reshoring, and FTZ solutions in today’s global supply chain. Key themes include:
- The strong correlation between FTA/FTZ automation and superior supply chain performance
- Mission-critical features and functions required of an FTZ solution
- Five key process steps you should take to join the FTZ leader ranks
Learn how you can achieve superior supply chain performance with an FTZ solution – download your complimentary copy today!
The food industry has made great strides in bringing perishable goods from the West Coast to East Coast markets in a safe and timely fashion. Yet even with today’s network of refrigerated rail cars, trucks, and intermodal containers, shippers of fresh produce, frozen foods, temperature-sensitive liquids, and other perishable goods face numerous hurdles to ensure that their products arrive on time, unspoiled, and with adequate remaining shelf life. Read Railex's whitepaper that will help guide you through the options. Learn the pitfalls and the opportunities that you must consider to ship your product safely and effectively.