Global Sourcing

Global Sourcing

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

Commentary

Creating efficient, compliant trade processes is essential for competing in today’s global economy, yet many businesses still struggle to gain control over their customs operations.

News & Analysis

30 Oct 2014
Russia, struggling after it enforced food embargoes on European Union countries, is ramping up its chicken imports from Brazil, registering a massive 291 percent year-over-year increase in imports of the white meat in September.
food store in Russia
24 Oct 2014
Russia's ban on food imports from a number of Western countries has created new shipping opportunities; fruits and vegetables traditionally supplied by European producers are being replaced by suppliers from other countries.
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.
Factory worker in China
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.
China drink manufacturing plant
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.
McDonald's restaurant
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.
24 Apr 2014
Thousands of workers at a Samsung factory near Shanghai demand compensation after learning the factory will relocate to Vietnam.
17 Apr 2014
The rise in labor costs in China and other countries has led to the inclusion of more countries in the global supply chain, but a Standard Chartered report argues that the pace of manufacturing’s migration to lower-cost countries will be slow, especially for higher-value goods.
Making Christmas ornaments in a maquiladora.
15 Apr 2014
JUAREZ, Mexico — Each Christmas ornament or mannequin that is shipped from here to major U.S. retailers is a sign of Mexico’s growing competitive edge with China.
08 Apr 2014
A high-powered Singapore business delegation left for China’s Shandong Province today on a mission to boost exports to the country and attract investors.
Shoes
12 Mar 2014
Rising labor costs and a shortage of workers in coastal China are two of the most serious problems footwear producers in that country face...
From left: Tay Yoshitani, Port of Seattle; Robert Leachman, University of California, Berkeley;John Wheeler, South Carolina State Ports Authority; Michael Murphy, CenterPoint Properties; Richard Smith, Sears Holdings Corp.
10 Mar 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Retailers and other beneficial cargo owners that import merchandise from Asia make their routing decisions based on where the goods are produced, the U.S. destination, the cost of transportation, the value of the cargo and its sensitivity to transit time.
From left: Matt Priest, Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America; Chris Brooks, JOC Group; Foster Finley, Managing Director, Alix Partners; Julia K. Hughes, United States Fashion Industry Association; Alan P. Kaufman, Toy Industry Association.
04 Mar 2014
LONG BEACH, Cal.--The U.S. is becoming an increasingly attractive place to source manufacturing production, putting it on a par with Mexico as the preferred near-sourcing location, according to the latest AlixPartners Manufacturing Sourcing Outlook.
Cargo containers on a ship
04 Feb 2014
Based on SeaIntel’s monthly Global Liner Performance reports from 2013, container ships reached their destination ports around the world on time 79.5 percent of the time in 2013...
Container ship
31 Jan 2014
Container ships arrived at their destination ports across the globe on time 73.7 percent of the time in December 2013...
Apparel
24 Dec 2013
U.S. apparel imports in the third quarter of 2013 tumbled 17.7 percent year-over-year to 181,126 20-foot-equivalent units, the industry’s steepest decline since 2007.
Shoes
06 Dec 2013
China’s grip on U.S. footwear imports has been slipping since 2009, leaving room for developing nations to increase their market shares.
Empty container ship
26 Nov 2013
Container ships reached their destination ports around the world on time 81.2 percent of the time in September, a small increase of 0.4 percentage point from August...
UPS plane
19 Nov 2013
Manufacturers of high-technology products all over the globe are near-shoring or intending to move production closer to the markets they serve.
Mexico maquiladora
12 Nov 2013
Maquiladoras, or manufacturers in Mexico focused on exports, were on a roll this year. Barely a week went by without a major shipper announcing its plans to set up shop or expand operations in Mexico. Then the government stepped in. Through a $14 billion tax plan, maquiladoras face a value added tax of 16 percent that kicks in 2015 and an income tax rise from 17.5 percent to 30 percent, starting next year
11 Nov 2013
The cost of apparel production in Bangladesh will rise “markedly” in the coming years, pushing down containerized exports to the U.S., said Journal of Commerce Economist Mario Moreno.
05 Nov 2013
Bangladesh exporters are unable to get their goods out of the country via the Port of Chittagong, the country’s busiest port, after trucking companies refused to deliver goods because of vandalism fears, according to reports.
24 Oct 2013
It certainly didn’t get wide play, but when President Obama spoke about the transformation of an industrial warehouse during his February State of the Union Address, the message to supply chain interests rang loud and clear. “A once-shuttered warehouse is now a state-of-the art lab where new workers are mastering the 3D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything,” he said.