Global Supply Chain Review: December 2017

2017 is winding to a close, and the supply chain stories on our radar will undoubtedly flow into the rapidly approaching new year. Before moving ahead into 2018, here is our overview of the important supply chain stories we’re keeping an eye on in December…   U.S.: Though it’s hard to choose a story here,...
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The countdown to 2018 has begun, and as we near a new year, the world of supply chain remains ever complex. Treaties, renegotiations, and ethics are the key words of the month…   U.S.: As cities throughout the U.S. battle to become Amazon’s next home, analysts have begun discussing how major e-commerce sites have developed...
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Politics may not be “as usual” these days, but what can be relied upon is its impact on global supply chain. Here, the top stories from around the world that shaped this month…   U.S.: As tensions escalate between the States and North Korea, US importers have seen definite benefits. Despite utilization of containers from...
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Global weather systems and diplomatic tensions are driving supply chain news this month. As hurricanes and typhoons affect the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean, and parts of Asia, the tight intersections among supply chains becomes increasingly obvious.     US: Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused extensive damage to the southern part of the country this month,...
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Turbulence has shaped global supply chain this month, as nations worldwide have confronted political, ecological, and diplomatic instability and uncertainty. In the face of this, it becomes increasingly clear how interconnected global supply chains truly are.   U.S.: In a recent speech in Phoenix, President Trump noted the possibility that he will be abolishing NAFTA. It’s...
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Climate change, ethical supply chains, and east-west cultural negotiations shape this month’s supply chain news…   U.S.: In an effort to increase revenue and tap into growing international markets, e-commerce giant Amazon is reaching toward South East Asia. Announcing Prime Now in Singapore, Amazon aims to access a small group of higher-spending consumers. The question...
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Author: Karen Roemer, Account Manager at Expeditors How will we move the economy of 2020? We live in both an exciting and tumultuous time. Buyers globally call for companies to adopt faster and leaner supply chains to deliver products almost instantaneously. Carriers are recovering from the market shocks of 2016. Organizations are calling for more talented...
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Mergers, acquisitions, tariffs, and drones. This month’s review runs the gamut, but one thing that is certain, it’s been a busy start to the summer.   U.S.: The grocery stocks responded with an immediate drop on the news of Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods. Supply chain leaders are predicting that Amazon will disrupt food supply...
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Nationalism and globalism are the key words of May, with nations across the world confronting how the choice of one approach over the other will affect economies, supply chains, and job creation.   U.S.: Lockheed Martin has announced its decision to utilize Blockchain to streamline its supply chain logistics. Adoption of the new technology makes...
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Global interconnectedness has been an unavoidable topic, shaping all supply chain events this month. Whether considering economic growth or crisis, import or export, rising nationalism and attempts to develop international partnerships, leaders in supply chain will recognize that developments in the field are never isolated to one nation.   US: “Buy American / Hire American”...
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