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Don’t Wait till the Last Minute to Plan for America First

Don’t Wait till the Last Minute to Plan for America First “How is the Trump Administration’s America First policy going to impact my supply chain?” That’s a question our clients have been trying to answer since last year when, during the campaign for president, Donald Trump discussed his aim to renegotiate and overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). He vowed to begin levying additional duties and tariffs on goods from foreign countries. This past April, the president signed an executive order entitled Buy American, Hire American, which did little to settle the issue or answer the question: “How do we plan and recast our business if financial pressure on our supply chain overwhelms our ability to do business in our current market?” If your business is international and your supply chain relies on goods and services from abroad, you have every reason to wonder about the impact of an America First policy on your ability to remain competitive.…

Thinking Inside the Box

Thinking Inside the Box Before looking “outside the box” for new ways to make your logistics or supply chain operations more effective, you may want to look first at how your team is handling what’s inside the box – as well as what’s on the side of the box and in the paperwork that accompanies it. Because when it comes to industrial freight shipping, it’s the little things like efficient and safe packing and loading of containers, clear labeling, and accurate documentation that go a long way toward ensuring proper delivery of your shipments and avoiding costly surprises, such as holdups at the border. Efficient and Safe Packing and Loading Packing with care and with the proper materials can save time, money and the inconvenience and expense of insurance claims. Risk management studies show that about a third of the cargo damage that occurs during shipment is the result of poor loading and packing. According to the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce, more than…

Picking the Right Suppliers for Your Business

Picking the Right Suppliers for Your Business The ability to find and build a top-notch international supplier team can be the make-or-break key to the success of any business. Choosing well helps ensure you protect and enhance your reputation and ability to deliver; choosing poorly almost guarantees significant financial and operational distress. Nobody ever said that sourcing is easy. When you are half a world away from a potential supplier, how do you find the confidence to begin a relationship that could impact your reputation and your profitability? The trick is to develop a strategy and a plan for vetting that will mitigate risk and provide you with a clear and accurate picture of your sourcing target. Relying on search engines that seek to pair companies with potential suppliers may be a first step, but internet searches can be as dicey as dating services. On the surface they look spectacular, but you’ll need to do a lot of courting before you propose a permanent relationship. At ICAT Logistics DTW, we begin by tapping…

Supply Chains under Cyber Siege

Supply Chains under Cyber Siege The pace of technological advances that have enhanced every aspect of supply chains in the last decade has been stunning. But progress hasn’t come without a price. During this same period, the frequency and intensity of data breaches and cyber intrusions has also grown by leaps. So, if it has occurred to you that maybe you should pay more attention to cyber security, hold that thought. According to some estimates, as many as 80 percent of cyberattacks originate in supply chains. Yet, despite their vulnerability, in more than half of the companies reviewed in recent studies, there is no alignment between the supply chain and cybersecurity teams. Cyber threats are a growing concern in every business, but it stands to reason that supply chains would be especially vulnerable. Poor security practices leave them accessible to attack from a host of directions — employees, clients, suppliers, plant operations and who knows what software may have been tainted by malware at any of those…

You Say You Want a Revolution?

You Say You Want a Revolution? Those of us who have been around the block a few times in the logistics business know when we’re getting bad directions – especially promises that following a trendy path will immediately “Revolutionize Your Operations!” Experienced shippers build their enterprises through continuous evolution rather than revolution. While it’s tempting to believe disruptive technologies such as drone deliveries and driverless vehicles will offer a miraculous competitive edge, we think it makes more sense to wait for the big ideas to solidify, mature and become part of the mainstream before betting the farm. Our preferred strategy is to look for ways to bolster our business through proven trends that can be integrated now without breaking the bank or building reliance on unproven technologies. Here are two strategies we’ve built into our business at ICAT Logistics DTW. Using and Sharing Data. When your supply chain’s reputation is built on your ability to deliver…


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