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    July 26, 2018

    What Are Incoterms 2010 and Why Should I Care About Them?

    Whether you are brand new to international shipping or just need a refresher on the ins and outs of Incoterms, we have you covered. International freight a complex business, so it's important to understand the industry lingo, associated risks and costs, and how it all affects you. 

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    April 03, 2018

    How Do I Manage Shipping Lead Times in Overseas Manufacturing?

    December 19, 2017

    Looking Ahead: Distribution Trends for 2018

    As 2017 winds down, we’re assessing our experiences from the past year on the distribution side of our business and scouring the Internet learning about other companies’ experiences. We recently watched a webinar, ‘Top Distribution Trends for 2018,’ presented by Industrial Distribution. Going in, we felt like we had a pretty decent...

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    June 09, 2017

    How IoT is Creating Logistics and Supply Chain Efficiency

    Consumers are a demanding bunch. They want what they want and they want it now! They also want to know where their product is at all times. Think about it: If you can implant a chip in a dog and know where it is when it runs off, why can't you do the same thing with a load of product on a ship, train or truck? Or even a specific product on a...

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    May 19, 2017

    Why You Must Plan Early for Chinese New Year

    If you're a regular blog reader you might have read the title and said, "It's TOO EARLY to start reading about planning for Chinese New Year!" And you're sort of right.

    It's true you don't have to get your orders in for Chinese New Year (CNY). That would be overkill. But it's not too early to look at the calendar and strategize about how to...

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    March 07, 2017

    Shipping + Logistics: An Economic Engine

    A couple weeks ago we wrote about the operations at the Garden City Terminal at the Port of Savannah — one of seven ports (including two inland ports) operated by the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA). We were all pretty blown away by the scope of shipping and logistics operations, and the sheer numbers put up by the Port of Savannah 

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    February 23, 2017

    Shipping + Logistics: A Visit to the Georgia Ports Authority

    You can make all the product in the world but without global shipping and logistics, you're literally going nowhere. The shipping and logistics division of our company keeps track of customer’s orders, tracks the movement of freight from Asia to the U.S., and makes sure the customer’s order is received in full, intact and as close to the...

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    January 17, 2017

    Inventory + Logistics: Can I Shorten the Lead Time on My Order?

    At last! Your products are ordered.You worked with your customer service representative to create a forecast. The supplier arranged for the raw materials. A production schedule was created and aligned. You signed off on the schedule and once the manufacturer knows they have the raw materials, the order is confirmed. You’ve been given a lead...

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    August 04, 2016

    One Month In: Are New SOLAS Regulations Rocking the Boat?

    Can you imagine watching a tall stack of shipping containers collapse before your eyes? Sounds terrifying, right? It has certainly been known to happen – in fact, it is estimated that up to 10,000 containers fall overboard each year. While lost-at-sea containers aren't the only reason for new SOLAS regulations, this issue is certainly one of...

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    July 12, 2016

    Wood Pallets vs. Plastic Pallets: Which is Better for My Supply Chain?

    When you think of a shipping pallet, does the below image come to mind (wood on wood on wood)? While pallets are traditionally wood-manufactured, plastic pallets have become more prevalent in recent years as companies shipping often and in high volumes realize the advantages of this alternative. However, 90-95% of shippers still opt for the...

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