Tag Archives: Transportation

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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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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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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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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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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