4 industry executives look into the future of global supply chains

Webinar - future of supply chains

COVID-19 is probably the world’s most disliked word currently due to the rampant economic disruption it has wreaked on the world. All countries and all businesses around the world have been affected by this pandemic.

The supply chain industry is one industry that has also been affected severely. The industry has seen a massive drop in volumes, congestion both on land and at sea, job losses etc, although ironically this is one of the industries that has and is helping to fight this pandemic through its movement of essential goods like medical supplies, food and PPE.

At the end of March 2020, we set up a short survey sponsored by Ocean Insights to analyse the impact of the pandemic on the industry and its preparedness.

12,000 clicks of that survey and the analysis and a 95% engagement rate told us that in times of strife, people want to come together, understand what is going on and help each other out of this situation.

So, we got together a team of executives to discuss these issues in a webinar moderated by an equally celebrated and astute industry journalist.

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Investing in freight technologies – are you ready..?? Take this survey..

Transportation is the lifeblood of global supply chains. Whether it is raw materials, CKD (Completely Knocked Down), SKD (Semi Knocked Down), or FBU (Fully Built-Up), the movement of goods are handled through various modes – from origin to destination.

Supply Chain Management (SCM) in general, and transportation in particular, can be very complex. This involves the integration of information at various stages of the supply chain process and entails several modes of transport like road, rail, air and sea.

The role of technology has grown exponentially in the last decade. It has transitioned from a period when technology infrastructure was being developed to a period where the likes of Software-as-a-Service or cloud-based solutions have become a norm.

However, it is also true that a lot of BCOs and international logistics companies are still running their businesses on manual, archaic and other disparate systems.

We would like to understand how you are managing these turbulent markets, how integrated your systems are, and overall, we want to identify current logistic trends and best practices — could you help?

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How to mitigate your losses and achieve cost saving

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The world is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the global economy has been greatly hit due to this. You may agree that during such time, it’s important more than ever to find ways for saving costs and take all measures possible to safeguard your business.

As a small or midsize business, there is no doubt that you are familiar with the stress of operating on tight margins, and you know how valuable even a small percentage of cost-savings can be to your bottom line.

However, what many small businesses don’t realize, is that their supply chain – particularly when it comes to imports – can be a significant source of cost savings!

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42% will change supply chain strategies post COVID-19 – Impact Survey

COVID-19 supply chain impact survey results

Global Supply Chains are very important in linking various countries to international markets facilitating global trade.. Modern day supply chains come with great opportunities but also pose some challenges which can test some of the best built and run supply chains..

One such challenge that is testing the world currently is the COVID-19 pandemic which came into limelight in December 2019.. This pandemic which has spread to every country around the world has caused/is causing major economic and social disruptions with far reaching impacts on global supply chains..

To understand the impact of this pandemic on the supply chain, we conducted a survey to measure the effect and impact of the coronavirus pandemic on global supply chains.. It collected and analyzed data on three key aspects – Impact, Preparedness, and Recovery..

Here are the results of this survey..

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COVID-19 Pandemic – Supply Chain impact survey and results

Survey - Shipping and Freight Resource

If you are from the Supply Chain industry and are active in global shipping and logistics we need your assistance and professional insights..

As we have seen, the COVID-19 pandemic that came into the limelight in December 2019 has now spread to every country around the world.. This has caused major economic and social disruptions with far reaching impacts on global supply chains..

In order to achieve a unified approach and to help the community/industry understand and fight the pandemic, we need your assistance and professional insights.. Your insights will help us to help you in understanding more about the pandemic and how we as an industry can all work together to get through this pandemic as soon as possible..

We have set up a short survey sponsored by Ocean Insights –  The Container Tracking Data Provider to analyze the Impact on the industry and its Preparedness to the COVID-19 pandemic.. Your responses to the survey are imperative in determining the way forward for global supply chains..

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Difference between Maritime, Shipping, Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain

To the uninitiated (which included me at one stage), these industries are same or similar and it might come across that there is no difference between Maritime, Shipping, Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain ..

But once you are involved in the business or know about these businesses, you will very soon understand that these are very different industries with different workings, assets, architecture, requiring very different sets of qualifications, experience, expertise, knowledge and attitudes..

In this article I unpack the difference between Maritime, Shipping, Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain and how it is all connected..

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South Africa, Brazil, India, UK and Mexico top the list of countries for cargo theft in 2019

cargo theft statistics and trends

Cargo theft can occur anywhere along the supply chain, affecting local logistics, transporters, storage yards, groupage operators, LCL consolidators, ports, depots, terminals, insurance, carriers and freight forwarders equally..

BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions and TT Club have come together again to release the BSI & TT Club Cargo Theft Report 2020 which covers a detailed report of cargo theft and associated activities in the full year of 2019..

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Executive Insights with the Supply Chain Queen – Sheri Hinish

supply chain queen - shipping and freight resource

Executive Insights is a series by Shipping and Freight Resource that provides ongoing insights and thoughtful analysis enriching the knowledge of the readers with what is happening in the shipping, freight, maritime, logistics and supply chain industry..

Executive Insights is also a chance to pick the brains of industry veterans, leaders and enablers..

In this edition of Executive Insights, we caught up with Sheri Hinish – self proclaimed Supply Chain nerd, Executive Advisor and Thought Leader, IBM Futurist, Influencer in Supply Chain, Sustainability, Innovation, and Leadership and of course SupplyChainQueen®..

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The Logistics of Lunch

Opinion Piece

Logistics, a word widely said to have originated from the military ranks centuries ago is currently on the cusp of technological and digital changes with solutions that promise to transform every sector in logistics, be it driver-less trucks, automated warehouses, blockchain enabled documentation etc..

However there is a grouping of people handling logistics distribution that does not seem to require these advances and have been handling logistics in the same effective way since 1890..

This service has been given a Six Sigma rating by Harvard Business School which means the service makes fewer than 3.4 mistakes per million transactions which translates to around 400 delayed or missing deliveries in a year..

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Freight benchmarking and its benefits

freight benchmarking

Benchmarking – is a business tool used by companies to evaluate and compare the current position and standing of the company against similar companies and organisations in the same business space in the market..

The point of benchmarking is to identify opportunities for improvement of your products and services by comparing your company’s performance, processes, costs against a bigger and better market competitor..

This could mean tweaking your company’s products/services to match the competitor’s offering in the market or by improving your scope of services..

Freight benchmarking is a benchmarking tool in the shipping and freight industry used by various role players in the industry such as BCOs, freight forwarders and shipping lines..

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