Category Archives: Logistics Learning

WANTED: Educated Logistics Professionals

Our profession of logistics and supply chain is growing. We see the signs everywhere. A recent article in “Inc.” magazine starts off exclaiming that the “demand for supply chain professionals exceeds supply by a ratio of six to one”! 1 … Continue reading

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Contingency Planning and the Hanjin Bankruptcy

They are inevitable and yet so difficult to plan for. “They” are the unexpected regional and global disasters and disruptions that cause havoc to our international supply chains. We all remember the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan and … Continue reading

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Logistics Trend Radar

What’s new in the world of logistics and how will it impact your job or your company in the near-term? Typically, we subscribe to on-line magazines and blogs or attend industry conferences in order to keep up with the latest … Continue reading

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Small Differences, Big Impact

In our world of international logistics, we need to be aware and very sensitive to the different standards that exist in the world. Those of us that work in the U.S.A. must be “bilingual” in order to think and act … Continue reading

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Tales from the Trenches: New Korean Postal Codes Delay Expedite Shipment

It was 5:30pm on a Wednesday. My PC&L Manager at our key North American plant sent me an urgent e-mail: “We had a FedEx shipment of 2 boxes of samples set up to ship to Korea. This morning we called … Continue reading

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Incoterms Quiz

In the last decades, we have seen an incredible expansion in the scope of globalization. Manufacturing overseas, sourcing from abroad and moving all of these goods internationally has been booming! Beyond our everyday communication with our far-flung business partners, we … Continue reading

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Know Your Rates!

Many of the logistics contracts that we sign today are very complex, contain multiple services and a multitude of lanes. We know that we have achieved a certain percent of cost-down over the last contract, but, many times, the details … Continue reading

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The Incoterms Square

Incoterms, officially known as “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 and procurement processes. There are 11 three-letter trade terms related … Continue reading

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Preparing Your 2016 Budget for Ocean Expenditures

Putting your budget together for your expected ocean freight expenses in 2016 is a very complex undertaking, given the number of lanes and the factors that impact each lane. In contrast to trucking rates, which are much more limited in … Continue reading

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Wild Ride

As logistics professionals, we are used to moving toys from China to the USA or automotive parts from Germany to South Africa or coffee from Columbia to Europe, but very seldom do we hear about moving live cattle, by air, … Continue reading

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