Author Archives: Purolator International

Strong Canadian Dollar – an Opportunity for U.S. Retailers?

The U.S. dollar held strong competitive advantage over its Canadian counterpart for more than 30 years – with that it became standard among Canadian consumers for U.S. imports to cost more.  Recently, the Canadian loonie has achieved parity with the … Continue reading

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Supply Chains have Enhanced Post-Recession Value Survey Finds

A recent survey of  supply chain and logistics professionals found that 89 percent of respondents believe that the supply chain function has become more important to their organization than it was prior to the recession. The survey, sponsored by logistics … Continue reading

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Supply Chain Component Needs Consideration in Demand Management Processes

In its simplest form, demand management refers to the process whereby businesses utilize various indicators to forecast customer demand, and align its supply chain to meet those projections.  Now obviously there is no guarantee that demand management is going to … Continue reading

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Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Need to Identify Logistics Efficiencies

Results from the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association’s (AASA’s) quarterly “Supplier Barometer,” indicate strong concern among suppliers about higher manufacturing and fuel costs.   According to Steve Handschuh, president and COO of AASA, “all of our Q2 2011 survey respondents reported they … Continue reading

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Bug-Free Pallets Could Add to Border Delays

Until recently, shipments entering the United States from Canada were exempt from a requirement that all wooden pallets be treated for bugs prior to arrival at the border.  But now, the U.S. Animal And Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is … Continue reading

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Canada Gets High Marks from World Bank

Every year, the World Bank releases an “Ease of Doing Business” analysis, which ranks 183 different countries based on certain economic indicators.  In its most recent “Doing Business 2011” report, Canada was ranked number 7 for “ease of doing business,” … Continue reading

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U.S. Customs’ Internal Assessment Program – Right for your Business?

Businesses that regularly import goods into the U.S. face the possibility each year of being selected for a Customs and Border Patrol “Focused Assessment.” What is a focused assessment?  Quite simply, it’s an audit. Each year, CBP selects importers and … Continue reading

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Seven Top Questions to Ask to Create an Efficient Supply Chain

According to the bellwether Institute for Supply Management, April marked the 23rd consecutive month of overall growth for the U.S. economy.  In addition, the ISM reported that the U.S. manufacturing sector is in the midst of 21 months of economic … Continue reading

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Online Tool Simplifies Tariff Assessments

A new online platform from the U.S. International Trade Administration (ITA) allows exporters to know, at the click of a mouse, tariff assessments for shipments headed to any of the countries with which the U.S.  has in place a Free … Continue reading

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Ignore those Returns at Your Own Risk!

Last year U.S. consumers returned more than 8 percent of their purchases.  That’s a staggering statistic for a retailer, and a figure that exceeded $200 billion last year. But despite knowing that a significant chunk of merchandise is certain to … Continue reading

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