Supplier blindness

Perhaps unsurprisingly, a recent Deloitte survey found that cost reduction is the main priority for 75% of buyers. What is surprising is that nearly as many confessed that they had no supply chain visibility past tier 1 suppliers.

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Footwear manufacturing map

Though Vietnam continues to increase its share of exports, China still has a fourfold lead where volume is concerned. This Sourcing Journal infographic has lessons for all shoewear buyers.

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Bad weather update

The ongoing UK bad weather is impacting road, air and sea transport, with container terminals particularly badly affected.

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Smallest ships, fastest service

While Hyundai Merchant Marine gets ready to re-enter the Asia/Europe trade with the route’s smallest ships, 2018 is set to be the year of the ultra-large containership, with 53 ships larger than 13,500 TEU scheduled for delivery in the coming months.

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Bangladesh air cargo ban lifted

In good news for apparel importers, the suspension on direct air cargo between Bangladesh and the UK has been lifted.

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Asia-Europe carrier reliability improving

Schedule reliability is critical and can cause huge problems if it declines because a vessel is delayed, a sailing omitted, or a container rolled. All typical scenarios in the period before and after the Chinese New Year holidays which start this week.

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Why do smaller companies pay more to ship?

The World Trade Organisation says that cross-border trade is more difficult and costly for SMEs – companies with fewer than 250 employees – than it is for larger companies. But why?

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Beauty adopting fashion supply chains

By shortening their production cycles ‘fast beauty’ brands can get products to market quicker than ever.

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Going the extra mile (again!)

One year on from winning a trade award for supporting GANT’s eCommerce channel, MIQ Logistics are in the frame again, this time for supporting New Era Cap’s NFL Wembley match-day delivery.

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Rising wages pressure Cambodia’s garment industry

Garment workers in Cambodia will see their wages increase 11% this year, but this will put further financial pressure on the country’s export sector.

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