Rising labor costs and a shortage of workers in coastal China are two of the most serious problems footwear producers in that country face...
Coverage of developments in the global supply chain, including changes in sourcing patterns.
News & Analysis
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.
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.
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...
31 Jan 2014
Container ships arrived at their destination ports across the globe on time 73.7 percent of the time in December 2013...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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