Tag Archives: Supply Chain

U.S. – Canada Price Discrepancies Focus of Senate Inquiry

Speculating about why consumer goods cost more when purchased in Canada has become something of a national pastime for some Canadians.  For the past several years, Canadian media outlets and blog posts have regularly asked why, despite the influx of … Continue reading

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Border Compliance Provides a Competitive Edge

Growing frustration about the increasingly complex U.S./Canada border clearance process has been well documented.  But some affected businesses seem to be turning the lemons of border compliance into lemonade, using their determination to master the compliance process as a competitive … 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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Supply Chain Visibility – Essential to Efficiency & Results

If your supply chain is a network of closely aligned moving parts, then doesn’t it make sense that if a breakdown occurs, it’d be easier to fix the problem if you could tap into each individual part to find out … 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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Halloween! The Kick-Off to Holiday Shopping

Retailers that tailor their holiday logistics plan based upon the traditional “Black Friday” start to the shopping season may be in for a surprise this year, as industry experts predict that bargain hungry shoppers may begin their quest as early … Continue reading

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Should-Cost Modeling Helps Control Costs

Let’s say you’re the purchasing manager for your company, and you buy a fair amount of customized products.  Word has come down that costs need to be reduced by 15-20 percent.  Oh, and of course you are not allowed to … Continue reading

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U.S. Retailers Continue with Canadian Invasion

When upscale department store chain Nordstrom Inc. announced in September that it would open four locations in Canada beginning in the fall of 2014, it joined a growing list of U.S. retail chains that have crossed the border into the … Continue reading

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Mexico Offers Nearshoring Opportunities for Canadian Businesses

While there are no predictions Canadian importers are ready to move away from China as a leading provider of manufactured goods, favorable business and labor conditions in Mexico have resulted in a spike in Canadian interest in the country.  And … Continue reading

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When It Comes to Supply Chain Data, Is Less More?

There is no disputing that today’s supply chains are data driven, faster and leaner than before, some industry experts are starting to question whether too much data can be counterproductive.  Instead of searching for ways to tap into more information, … Continue reading

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