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Alibaba versus Amazon in Europe

Logistics Trends and Insights

A battle between Alibaba and Amazon for global e-commerce dominance is brewing and Europe is the focal point. Reuters recently reported that Alibaba was undercutting Amazon sellers’ fees to attract vendors primarily in Spain and Italy.

USMCA – What is It and How Does It Impact the Shipping & Logistics Industry?

Blue Grace Logistics

What Is USMCA? The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is the new trade deal between the three countries. It is set to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which was in effect since January 1, 1994.

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105 Types of Forklifts: The Complete List


Ever wonder what types of forklifts are out there? Then this post is exactly what you’re looking for! First, we assembled 105 different kinds of forklifts from all walks of industrial life. After that, we grouped them by industrial lift truck category to make your browsing easier.

Why Strategic Planning Fails and How to Get It Right


Paradoxes are an interesting thing. They simultaneously make no sense at all and make too much sense to ignore. One paradox that exists for many people lies in the feelings that they have when it comes to vacations or holidays.

Point-of-Danger ICE Raids and Audits

Speaker: Max Muller, Attorney and Author

Supply chain managers should constantly be on guard against forces that could cause a significant point-of-failure in or to their supply chains. The sudden loss of a workforce is an evolving danger to those who provide raw materials, subassemblies, finished goods, and/or necessary services to supply chains; and to entities requiring those items or services. Join Max Muller for this timely, fast-paced and guidance rich webinar that will educate you on the specific steps involved in undertaking your own internal audit, as well as providing you with guidance on what your major and/or sole source suppliers should do as well.

Carriers to Increase Demurrage and Detention Fees This Year


Multiple ocean carriers have recently informed their customers that 2020 is going to bring a lot of changes, and the most significant change is going to be the increase in demurrage and detention penalties, some of which run from $10 per day to nearly $100 per day, including a new $75 fee per container for a customs inspection. Hapag-Lloyd detention and demurrage fees are rising (active Jan. 7, 2020). Hapag-Lloyd is scheduled to increase detention and demurrage fees starting Jan. 7. Any temperature-controlled containers are going to see an increase for demurrage fees by a factor of $50, bringing the total charge to $350 per day after the first two working days for any goods on the West Coast. Goods that are coming out of Savannah, Georgia and Houston will see an increase of $25 to a total of $375 per day after the first two working days. Dry goods are not immune. The demurrage for dry boxes is not going to change at the ports as those changes are still coming. They are scheduled to go up to $10 to a total of $130 per day after the first two working days for any inland rail yards or inland ports. They state that detention fees are not going to increase exports or imports. However, there will be a new layer of penalties put forth if a shipper is over 14 days late returning any equipment, so be advised that tardiness will equal monetary penalties. This carrier has confirmed that the changes will go into effect immediately, but they did not offer context behind their decision. APL set to start charging for customs holds (active Jan. 1, 2020). Starting the New Year, APL is scheduling a new charge for customs holds for shippers. This company is also adding a late fee of $75 per container for Customs inspections. This is going to apply to any inspection done by the US Customs Service, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Coast Guard, or US Department of Agriculture. Earlier this month, notification was sent to shippers to inform them that this extra fee would go into effect in 2020. It does hurt importers in particular who need to undergo an entire USDA inspection. Still, the company claims, like other companies, that this is done to offset the costs they endure and that it’s not a profit-making tool. ZIM is raising demurrage fees. ZIM Integrated Shipping Services is also following suit by increasing its demurrage fees in multiple locations, including the ports of New York and New Jersey; Jacksonville, Florida; Baltimore, Maryland; and Mobile, Alabama. They have set up their fees based on a tiered structure. The first level of penalties for demurrage fees has increased $50, bringing the total to $285 per day. After that, you get bumped up to the second tier, where if you haven’t retrieved your container, you can face an increase of $90, bringing a total of $380 in fees every day. This company has announced, however, that they’re not going to invoice the carrier, but instead invoice beneficial cargo owners. The company has stated that these changes will go very far toward the standardization of demurrage billing practices, which until recently vary from one port to another. In some respects this makes it easier for beneficial cargo owners to budget accordingly. ZIM stated that the majority of ports in which they operate have storage fees and demurrage charges that vary and are subject to separate invoice and collection procedures. By standardizing this, the company can simplify the billing process for every customer no matter what terminal they are using. The company also claims that while fees are increasing, the increase is not substantial. For example, a $10 increase is going to be put into effect for the first level of demurrage on any dry containers and refrigerated containers in New York and New Jersey. Realistically this total amount is still a small percentage. How Shippers Should Prepare. Many of these higher penalties are kicking in after a few days, so shippers need to prepare by making timely decisions in their business practices, maybe setting aside more budget for these potential fees based on how many charges they were subject to in the previous year. It’s also vital that shippers keep an eye out for the decision from the Federal Maritime Commission. If the proposed rule goes into effect, shippers can start to lodge complaints on an individual basis. The post Carriers to Increase Demurrage and Detention Fees This Year appeared first on ShipLilly. General News Shipping Rates

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Cross Border E-Commerce: Everything You Need To Know

GoShip Blog

Over the last few years, the e-commerce sector in the U.S. and globally has experienced significant growth. Overall, global e-commerce sales are estimated to reach $1 trillion in 2020.

More Focus on Reducing Parcel Surcharges Can Equal Big Savings

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

When you’re trying to reduce parcel shipping costs, it’s easy to get hyper-focused on parcel carriers’ published rates and negotiating the largest discounts possible.

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Optimise your storage facility with Warehousing Management System

20Cube Logistics

Warehousing and distribution plays a pivotal role in logistics and is capable of delivering a higher return on investment. For most, it’s just a storage facility but it is actually a CPU or a nerve system of the supply chain management.

Pulling Onto The Shoulder – What to Do and How to Get Back into Traffic

United World Transporation

Day after day, truck drivers put themselves at risk on the road. There are still many skills that commercial truck drivers learn when first getting their license. These skills are key to not forget as they clock their miles on the freeways.

How is Demand Forecasting changing? How do you compare to your peers?

AIMMS conducted research to assess how supply chain teams perceive the accuracy of their forecast and discover the tools and techniques they are using to upgrade the forecasting process. In this report, you will find helpful benchmarks and insights offered by your peers on the latest demand forecasting techniques, forecast granularity and periodicity, and expectations for the future.

Retailers Are Feeling The Pain In The Profit Line For Free Return Policy


Retailers are offering the most aggressive return policies in history but at what cost. Returns can be a disease, aggressively attacking profit margins, gutting conversion rates, and ultimately threatening your business. In the U.S.

Freight Claims Management: A Guide to Mitigate, File & Resolve


The post Freight Claims Management: A Guide to Mitigate, File & Resolve appeared first on MercuryGate International. Blog Improve Customer Service Value of a TMS Blog Posts

White-Collar, Blue-Collar, New-Collar: The Evolution of the American Workforce

Supply Chain Brain

With each passing year, the use of technology in manufacturing continues to grow, and blue-collar job requirements become more sophisticated, further widening the skills gap


Transportation 2020: Top 4 Ways for Shippers to Navigate the Road Ahead

247 Customs Broker

For shippers, the past two years have been a roller coaster ride. As quickly as capacity became limited and freight rates increased in 2018, the… The post Transportation 2020: Top 4 Ways for Shippers to Navigate the Road Ahead appeared first on 24/7 Customs Broker News.

5 Perceptions on Demand Forecasting and How it's Changing

Speaker: Brian Dooley, Director SC Navigator, AIMMS

It’s no secret that demand is getting more difficult to predict. Is your demand forecasting process evolving with the times? How does your process stack up against others? Are you satisfied with your level of forecast accuracy? This webinar shares research findings from a recent survey among supply chain planning professionals to help you answer these questions.

Wild West approach to autonomy regulation isn’t working

Commercial Carrier Journal

The path to long-term viability of autonomous tech doesn’t lead through 50 states with various regulations and allowances. There needs to be a common standard just like every Wild West border town needed a sheriff


Asia-Europe rollovers are back

Supply Chain and Logistics

It appears that ocean carriers are again playing fast and loose with delivery dates for cargo. There’s a telling remark by an NVOCC source: “You might be able to book at that rate, but you have absolutely no idea when … Continue reading → Logistics Service Management Shipping Strategy Supply Chains customer service inventory ocean shipping supply chains

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Robots Will Take Your Job, Not Mine

Talking Logistics

In a recent Wall Street Journal article (“The High Cost of Impeding Automation“), Dr. Carl Benedikt Frey from Oxford University writes that “history tells us that policies aimed at restricting or slowing automation come with a steep price tag.

Agility Fuel Solutions Makes History with CNG Fleet

NGT News

Dharmendra Pradhan, India’s minister for petroleum and natural gas, has launched India’s first long-distance compressed natural gas (CNG) bus led by Indraprastha Gas Ltd. IGL), the largest CNG distribution company in India.

Top 5 Barriers to Supply Chain Network Design Adoption and How to Overcome Them

Speaker: Brian Dooley, Director SC Navigator, AIMMS, and Paul van Nierop, Supply Chain Planning Specialist, AIMMS

Want to build your internal capability, reduce costs and make better decisions? It's easier than you think. This on-demand webinar shares research findings from Supply Chain Insights, including the top 5 obstacles that bog you down when trying to improve your network design efforts.

Auditing Your LTL/Parcel Invoices and Recovering Revenue from the Carriers: It’s a Challenge

Logistics Trends and Insights

By Dean Maciuba. As a transportation consultant, I speak to my customers and prospects almost daily about the difficulty and cost related to auditing their transportation service provider’s invoices.

Customer Experience and Freight: How a TMS Allows Shippers to Focus on CX


A positive guest experience can lead to repeat purchases, word-of-mouth advertising for free through social media, brand value, access to new customers, and much more. Unfortunately, statistics are not on the side of shippers. Positive experiences are great, but they do not make viral posts.

The Value of Supply Chain Quality Management in the Aerospace and Defense Industry

Talking Logistics

Quality is one of the pillars of supply chain management, along with cost, service, and risk. Managing quality across the supply chain is critically important for all industries, but especially in Aerospace and Defense. What have been some of the obstacles? How is technology helping Aerospace and Defense companies to streamline and automate this process? Read more The Value of Supply Chain Quality Management in the Aerospace and Defense Industry.

The Self-Healing Supply Chain

Logistics Viewpoints

A "self-healing" supply chain needs to be based on a robust supply chain digital twin model that is updated with near real-time alerts. The post The Self-Healing Supply Chain appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Supply Chain Planning self-healing

Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software

Network design as a discipline is complex and too many businesses are still relying on spreadsheets to design and optimize their supply chain. As a result, most organizations struggle to answer network design questions or test hypotheses in weeks, when results are demanded in hours. This Buyer’s Guide helps you find easy-to-use technology to become more proactive and less reactive when it comes to network design and optimization.

The Answers to Important Questions Small-to-Medium Size Businesses Should Know

Dedola Global Logistics

Archives International freight forwarding has evolved a bit in the last couple years. Starting in January 2018, the United States began imposing strict tariffs on foreign countries, primarily China. These tariffs have changed the way the freight industry operates.


10 Tips for Shippers to Improve Freight Delivery to Meet Customer Expectations


It is almost impossible to stay competitive in today’s world as is, and those that do not meet customer expectations in regards to freight delivery will lose business. It is that simple.

[Video] Procurement in the Digital Age

Talking Logistics

Brian Reed, VP Global Supply Chain Optimization at GEODIS, discusses procurement in the digital age. Podcast version (click to play): The post [Video] Procurement in the Digital Age appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

A Supply Chain Planning Model is a Digital Twin: Is This Just Hype?

Logistics Viewpoints

Isn't any model not based on paper and pencil a digital twin? What value does it add to call a supply planning model a digital twin? I thought it was hype. Supply chain planning executives disagree. The post A Supply Chain Planning Model is a Digital Twin: Is This Just Hype?

Exploring the Supply Chain Revolution

Speaker: Sheri Hinish, Supply Chain Queen, and Deborah Dull, Principal of Supply Chain Product Management at GE Digital

So much change is already underway in the supply chain, but what does this change entail and what does supply chain’s future hold? Join Sheri Hinish, affectionately called the Supply Chain Queen, and Deborah Dull, Principal of Supply Chain Product Management at GE Digital, to discuss Supply Chain 5.0. and trends in supply chain, technology, sustainability, and leadership.