Logistics Publications

The Future is 5G

Posted on December 12, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

As major telecom equipment manufacturers begin the next phase of 5G cellular network testing, companies need to be aware of the new technology’s effects on logistical and procurement work environments.5G is a new telecommunication standard that takes advantage of newly allocated wireless frequencies - providing much higher speeds and larger user capacity. The main benefit for the logistics sector is that companies will be able to deploy more tracking devices for improved visibility into the supply chain. IoT devices, scanners, and small communication chips can now all use cellular connectivity more liberally without significant degradation of network...

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Airfreight - A Key Indicator of Economic Activity

Posted on December 11, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Economic activity and airfreight development are closely intertwined. Logistics executives closely follow the development of airfreight trends to manage and plan supply chain strategies, as do economists and market analysts - because airfreight trends are a key indicator of economic activity overall.By researching the global airfreight trends, we can conclude that airfreight has been declining year over year in both volume and demand levels in 2019. The majority of international airlines reported declines in cargo traffic in October 2019 and the overall 2019 year to date.After a period of noticeable growth in 2017, and moderate growth in 2018; the 2019...

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Simply SIMI – Importing in Argentina

Posted on December 10, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

For those with experience exporting goods to Argentina, you may know all too well how challenging customs clearance can be with the required prior approval by the Administración Federal de Ingresos Públicos (Argentine Tax and Customs Authority). Fortunately, a new system, SIMI, has been developed to simplify the process.The Comprehensive Import Monitoring System, SIMI (Sistema Integral de Monitoreo de Importaciones), is a tool built to monitor imports in Argentina. Through this system, import licenses are processed electronically, in advance, and free of charge. The declarations made are valid for 180 calendar days from the date of...

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Simplifying Incoterms 2020

Posted on December 10, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications, Trade Publications

International commercial terms (incoterms), are the guidelines for global trade around the world. To provide clarity in the contractual flow, we must understand the incoterms that are being used in the contract between the buyer and the seller for each transaction. Correctly understood incoterms ensure a smoother and effective process. The most recent edition was presented by the International Chamber of Commerce, Incoterms 2020. This is the ninth version of incoterms since they were first introduced in 1936. One major change is Delivered At Place (DAP, 2010) was renamed Delivered at Place Unloaded (DPU, 2020). DAP was renamed to DPU to make it distinctly...

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Last Mile Deliveries

Posted on December 06, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

In this era of online shopping, consumers are wanting their deliveries faster and faster. Companies that are selling goods directly to individual consumers simply cannot be competitive unless they can deliver said goods in a timely fashion. Companies like FedEx, UPS, and now Amazon can ship almost anywhere in the US overnight.Last Mile Delivery by definition is the final leg of a shipment (from destination airport/warehouse to final destination, which is usually a personal residence.) This has become a key part in the transportation of goods, but is also the most expensive to the seller. There are several...

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Latest Tariff News

Posted on December 05, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications, Trade Publications

On Monday December 2, President Trump advised that his administration is considering tariffs as high as 100% on French goods in retaliation for a new Tax on digital services, greatly impacting U.S technology companies. The office of the U.S. Trade Representative deemed the tax discriminatory against U.S. companies. The estimated value of imported goods impacted could be up to $2.4 Billion U.S. and includes cheese, beauty products, handbags and certain wines.Trump also advised new tariffs on steel (25%) and aluminum (10%) from Brazil and Argentina, in retaliation for what he claims is currency devaluation on their part. These tariffs will...

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Logistic Challenges in India

Posted on December 03, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Due to Trump-era tariffs, many manufacturers are exploring options for their supply chains. India is a low-cost country alternative, however, there are some challenges regarding logistics that need to be reviewed in detail.Ground transportation accounts for 65% of intra-India cargo movement according to the National Highways Authority of India.  The large network of highway and road systems connecting India are of inconsistent quality, dangerous and prone to persistent traffic delays.  The heavy reliance and demands of the ground transportation infrastructure, especially for long hauls, propel costs higher than in other countries.Ocean transport for international freight is dominated...

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Northeast Passage Benefits

Posted on September 25, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

With the increase of global warming, it is possible to connect European and Asian seaports along the Russian Arctic Coast. This is called “Northeast Passage” or “Nothern searoute."  This route reduces distances by 30% on average and transit times by 40% on average. Consequently, it also reduces the fuel needs and costs. Ice breaking ships are usually needed to transit, but it is significantly less useful due to global warming. Now vessels with reinforced bows are enough. China and North European countries are very interested by this new option. However,...

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Supply Chain & Its Environmental Impact

Posted on September 11, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

With out a doubt, over the years, supply chain management has become an indispensable part of business. With supply chain management comes the power to boost customer service and reduce operating costs. This then leads to improvement of the financial standing of a company. Since supply chain management is a highly elaborate system used by many different sized companies, it is important to know its effects on a world-wide basis.  There has been an increased awareness of the earth’s sustainability lately, and one of the trending topics is how supply chain management impacts the world’s...

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Congestion Pricing's Future Effect on Infrastructure

Posted on September 11, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

As most in logistics and transportation already know, the nation’s infrastructure is a constant topic of worry for everyone between ground level operations to politicians.  Cities are strapped for cash because the funding for upkeep and upgrades simply hasn’t been allocated or isn’t available.  The federal government drags its feet in favor of designer grievances spurred by populism and what sells in the media. The state and local governments are already overwhelmed and underfunded just to keep the crumbling roads, bridges, tunnels, and decaying of older mass transit systems from reaching critical...

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