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An Exceptionally Oversized and Heavy Convoy

Posted on April 13, 2014. Category: Logistics Publications

Belf March 5, 2014 will be a day to remember for many people of Belfort, especially those who work at General Electric, as this was when the largest gas turbine manufactured by GE in Belfort, France, named 9HA-01, was completed. There have been huge challenges for General Electric’s manufacturing, logistics, and transportation team members who began working on this project in October 2010, when preliminary studies begun. This gas turbine is the first turbine manufactured in the new generation of high power gas turbines (510MW) designed by General Electric. Imagine a convoy of 820 tons, 110 meters long, 6.65 meters wide, and 80 meters high. ...

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Is your sourcing strategic?

Posted on April 02, 2014. Category: Logistics Publications

Strategy is a plan of action, or policy, designed to achieve an overall aim. Sourcing is the buying of a product or service delivery from a supplier. Strategic Sourcing is an organized and collaborative approach to leveraging targeted spending across locations with select suppliers that are best suited to create knowledge and value in the customer-supplier interface.  Some common misconceptions of strategic sourcing are:  •    Strategic sourcing is only focused on getting the cheapest service •    Strategic sourcing is only focused on activities involving purchasing •    Decisions from strategic...

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Ask Your Logistics Expert... What is EEI and who needs to take care of this?

Posted on March 30, 2014. Category: Logistics Publications

Q:  What is EEI and who needs to take care of this?A: Foreign Trade Regulations and determining if an Electronic Export Information (EEI) is required. Mandatory EEI filing through the Automated Electronic System (AES) went into effect on October 2, 2008. This required specific filing for tangible cargo with a value greater than $2500 that is being exported from the United States, Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands to foreign destinations.Additional characteristics to determine if an EEI is required include: •    Shipments regardless of value containing rough diamonds  •    Shipments regardless of value...

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What is required to ship cargo out of the US, i.e. a rig?

Posted on March 24, 2014. Category: Logistics Publications

Q: What is required to ship cargo out of the US, i.e. a rig?A: The seller has the responsibility of organizing several documents. There are some instances where freight forwarders complete the majority of the paperwork that is needed as well, however, the shipper or customer is responsible for having all the paperwork done.The United States uses a Shipper’s Export Declaration (SED, Commerce Form 7525-V), which the shipper or freight forwarder needs to complete.  This document allows customs to control the shipments going out of the country. A Bill of Lading is a ...

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2014 Logistics Outlook

Posted on January 20, 2014. Category: Logistics Publications

Every year we receive several publications that provide insights into industry forecasts from several angles regarding various transport modes.  Similarly, every year we get approached by customers seeking information into what is expected to happen with the transportation industry in the new year.    To this end, this year we decided to compile notes from several sources with the intention to create a brief summary for you about what experts predict to be the trends in transportation for 2014.Global Economy Overall, Trade is expected to pick up in the coming months, although not at a staggering pace.   ...

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2014 Logistics Outlook

Posted on January 12, 2014. Category: Logistics Publications

Every year we receive several publications that provide insights into industry forecasts from several angles regarding various transport modes.  Similarly, every year we get approached by customers seeking information into what is expected to happen with the transportation industry in the new year.    To this end, this year we decided to compile notes from several sources with the intention to create a brief summary for you about what experts predict to be the trends in transportation for 2014.Global Economy Overall, Trade is expected to pick up in the coming months, although not at a staggering pace.   ...

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If it fits, it ships…. Not really!

Posted on December 12, 2013. Category: Logistics Publications

I always believed the slogan, “if it fits, it ships.” However, that is not always true. Although it may fit into the box, it doesn’t mean that the box is strong enough for shipping. Boxes have packaging specifications. According to the Argrov Box website, “the Manufacturer's Certification Stamp is usually printed on one of the bottom flaps of the box. The stamp identifies the material as "singlewall", "doublewall", or "triplewall". It also certifies the Mullen Bursting Test (most common is 200 lbs. per square inch) or the Edge Crush Test (ECT 32 lbs. per inch).The...

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COGSA and the Himalaya Clause… Reconsidering Ocean Door-to-Door Shipments

Posted on December 06, 2013. Category: Logistics Publications

When organizing ocean transports, some people may prefer to tender a shipment as ‘door-to-door’ (from the door where cargo is shipping to the door of the final consignee) to a steamship line (SSL) or a forwarder because this would make things easier. After all, dealing with one party only sounds a lot easier than dealing with three (door to port carrier + ocean carrier + port to door carrier); however, ‘easier’ sometimes comes at unexpected risks and costs.Taking US rules as the base: Imagine you are in the US and you set up a door-to-door...

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Why Choose a 4PL?

Posted on November 05, 2013. Category: Logistics Publications

As organizations continue transcending international frontiers, the need for building synergies and maximizing results in Supply Chain Management continues to make the case for 4th Party Logistics Providers (4PLs).Officially invented by Anderson Consulting (now Accenture) in 1996, a 4PL is defined as a supply chain integrator that assembles and manages the resources, capabilities, and technology of its own organization with those of complementary service providers to deliver a comprehensive supply chain solution. With global operations becoming more complex, companies are faced with more and more challenges in their supply chain management; here is where a 4PL could not only be...

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New mega container Triple E ships and what that could mean for you!

Posted on October 30, 2013. Category: Logistics Publications

Maersk has begun receiving the first of 20 ordered new Mega ships (Triple E) capable of carrying 19,000 TEU (Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit). Maersk has just completed the maiden voyage of one of these vessels on July 28th, calling the port of Tanjung Pelepas. There has been a lot of debate about what this will mean on the Trans Pacific lanes and about the weak outlook in the Asia-Europe trade.It is estimated that the total ship orders that are due for delivery this year will add 10 - 11% to the global container fleet. With this additional capacity, and only an estimated demand...

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