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Mind the Gap: Global Vendor Management

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Have you traveled on a train in a European city? Chances are you heard some version of the phrase: Mind the Gap. The phrase cautions passengers to watch the gap between a train door and station platform. I think the same warning holds true for anyone who ships freight around the world. While cargo moves freely across continents, technology might lag behind, creating a gap. This is when communication breakdowns happen—currency and language translations fail—and we’re reminded to watch our step. Freight sails away from one port, disappears for days or weeks, and surfaces at a new port. Information gaps mask potential delivery failures. And no company likes botched deliveries. Is there any solution? » Read More

Social Media Connects: B2B Buying Decisions

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It fascinates me how social media transforms our lives—personally and professionally. Yet some still fail to fully embrace this game changing tool. That may be a mistake. The power of social media diminishes companies’ control over the reputation of their brands. I believe businesses, especially in the supply chain industry, need to pay attention to social media. One tweet or post can make or break a company’s reputation in a matter of minutes. Additionally, social media channels can be a powerful tool for business development. It’s as true for our teams in Europe as it is for our colleagues in the U.S. » Read More

Guest Post: The Convergence of Modern Trade

Convergence of Modern Trade

In a prior job, I worked for a company that had global reach, yet struggled sometimes to properly span the varied forms of ‘retail’ that characterize emerging versus mature economies. The answer, in part, was to recognize that there are two fundamentally different kinds of trade: modern and traditional. Modern trade is what those of us in mature economies take for granted – large, sophisticated retailers with modern stores, processes and technology. In a modern trade environment, wholesale distribution fills a niche of smaller independent retail, as well as filling shorter turn around supply needs (mainly supplying small retail), external partners must have broad coverage, and infrastructure (roads, warehouses, etc.) are generally not limitations. » Read More

Guest Post: Global Trade Management, Beyond Compliance

Global Trade Management

Global Trade Management (GTM) tends to be typecast as something for the compliance department, and the compliance department only. Yes, it’s true that compliance is and always will be a critical element of GTM, but it’s certainly not the only one. Pete Mento, C.H. Robinson director of global customs and trade policy, is among a distinguished group of panelists that will be discussing how GTM touches far more than compliance on an American Shipper webinar April 4. » Read More