Monthly Archives: July 2014

Tales from the Trenches: Heavy Load from India to USA by Air…Really?!?!

We work with suppliers from all over the world. Many times, the cost of the parts themselves are less expensive than those made in the U.S.A. Many companies, however, don’t understand that it is really the “total landed cost” that … Continue reading

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A Free Trade Agreement Only Yields Benefits with the Right Documents

The U.S.-Korea trade agreement became official on March 15, 2012. The Agreement is the United States’ most commercially significant free trade agreement in almost two decades. This represented a huge benefit to U.S. exporters: almost 80 percent of U.S. exports … Continue reading

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Logistics Learning can Happen Anywhere…even at Ikea!

Ikea is well known for their logistics prowess, especially their ability to design their do-it-yourself furniture with logistics costs in mind. They design their unassembled chairs and desks and bookshelves to fit very tightly in its package, attaining almost 100% … Continue reading

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Tales from the Trenches: FedEx First Overnight…Really?!?!

This actually happened at the $1.5B company I worked for. As part of the logistics management staff, I made it a point to walk through the Shipping & Receiving section on a daily basis. Although we were not a manufacturing … Continue reading

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Cost Savings Tip: Inches can Save You Thousands!

When using air freight, you have to know the difference between “actual” weight and “dimensional” weight. The “actual” weight of the shipment is easy: simply the gross weight of the material + packaging + pallet. It’s the entire weight of … Continue reading

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Incoterms…the Start and Stop Point of Logistics!

Incoterms rules or International Commercial Terms are a series of pre-defined commercial terms published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) that are widely used in International commercial transactions or procurement processes. A series of three-letter trade terms related to … Continue reading

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