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Supply Chain Top Jobs Increasingly Held by Women

When the President hosted a White House ceremony in June to mark the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, included among the invited guests was Ellen Voie, president and CEO of a non-profit group called Women in Trucking.  While … Continue reading

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Nearshoring Attractive to U.S. Fashion Industry

Given the average “shelf life” of an article of clothing in some fashion retail chains is about six weeks before discounting begins, it’s easy to understand why the allure of shorter inventory lead times and distribution flexibility would be appealing.  … Continue reading

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Trade Programs Expedite the US-Canada Border Process

A study of U.S./Canada border crossing delays found the average wait was 29 minutes.  But for participants in the U.S./Canada “Free and Secure Trade Program” (FAST), the wait time was only eight minutes.  The study, conducted by the International Mobility … Continue reading

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Return on Investment Doesn’t Always Mean Lowest Cost

It used to be when a business looked for return on investment (ROI) from its logistics provider, the provider would be expected to find the lowest cost carrier.  End of story.  Now however, it’s not that simple. Instead, logistics providers … Continue reading

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When it comes to Exporting – Logistics is Local

According to data from the U.S. Commerce Department, less than one percent of U.S. companies’ export – and of those that do, 58 percent export to only one country, typically to Mexico or Canada.  U.S. businesses’ rate of participation in … Continue reading

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Retailers Have Reason for Cautious Optimism

While many are still figuring out the winners and losers of the fiscal cliff resolution, retailers are hoping consumers will shrug off some of the concern that kept them from spending in the final weeks of 2012. A key tenet … Continue reading

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Border Delays Cost US and Canadian Businesses

A study by the departments of economics at Ontario’s University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University found that border delays cost the U.S. and Canadian economies as much as C$30 billion each year.  The study, “Border Delays Re-Emerging Priority:  Within-Country … Continue reading

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Doing Business in Canada? Understand the Marketplace

When a U.S. retail giant opened its first Canadian stores in Fall 2012, questions were raised about the slow path the company took to its northern expansion.  After all, dozens of U.S. businesses had already made the leap, and Canada … Continue reading

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Businesses Find Revenue in Smart Returns Management

It used to be that customer returns were treated as the ugly duckling of retail management.  Returns were tolerated, because they had to be, but were pretty much tossed aside and seen as a drain on the bottom line. Not … Continue reading

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Pallet Industry – Are changes on the horizon?

Unless you have a direct interest in pallet design or manufacture, you probably have not followed recent trends in the industry.  Which means, you are probably unaware there are no universal standards regarding pallet sizes, design or components.  This lack … Continue reading

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