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Going Global: Is Your Supply Chain Ready?

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mfbertozzi
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going global readiness
mfbertozzi   7/3/2012 8:33:01 AM
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@Alantria: many thanks for the interesting editorial and for highlighting innovations in the sector. By reading your article and posts below, I was wondering from a real perspective how many companies are reading for going global, in principle; believe it or not, I've experienced there are still significant steps to do for convincing some managers in going global; any thoughts about?

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Dave Sasson   7/1/2012 6:13:36 PM
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Tracking and visibility are key components to better decision-making and greatly assist companies in rapidly adapting to changes and unexpected events in their supply chains.  With that said, 3PLs may provide a quick fix to an expanding global supply chain, but due diligence is needed as many global 3PLs are still operating in what could be considered antiquated operational environments and manual processes.

 

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syedzunair   6/30/2012 4:34:49 AM
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Himanshugupta: I would agree with you and prabhakar on this. Establishing a business in a foreign country is not easy and one has to look for a lot of variables that could effect business. 

However, in terms of supply chain there is one way through which a business might find it easier to supply goods to a different country. And that is to form strategic alliances with 3PL to distribute goods different geographic locations. 

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Himanshugupta   6/30/2012 3:18:15 AM
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@prabhakar_, i agree with you that setting up business in foreign land is no easy task. Social, cultural and political differences make up most of the challenges.

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nimantha.d   6/30/2012 1:03:06 AM
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A move which is bold enough by Google. I think this will pump up the SCM vendors.

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stochastic excursion   6/29/2012 3:16:35 PM
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Visibility is key to decision-making, and the more established and reputable carriers have the software tools to allow this.  Especially in intermodal logistics, each segment of the supply chain is a potential trouble spot that is important to monitor. 

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syedzunair   6/29/2012 2:21:21 PM
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Eldredge, I have the same thoughts. Tracking is extremely crucial if you are talking about shipments over sea and in different continents. Companies that track their inventories, identify potential stopages and inform the clients before hand about any delays make sound business relations. If a company can convince the customer about a potential delay before hand it will always help them out in the long run. 

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Eldredge   6/29/2012 7:37:13 AM
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Tracking also helps maintain customer satisfaction, allowing companies to update customers on the progress of their shipments and to identify and correct potential issues before they occur.

I have certainly found this to be true. It is not unusual to make production positioning decsion based on the knowledge that particular components are arriving on a specific day/time.

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prabhakar_deosthali   6/29/2012 7:26:28 AM
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In my opinion, apart from using the modern technology and tools to expand your horizon across the globe, a global company must understand the cultural nuances in each country or civilization to become successful . Each culture and each civilization has its own measures of what is ethical, what is non-ethical, the human relationship and the social behavior . All these thing carry a definite weight age while doing international business

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Greg Riemer   6/28/2012 12:18:08 PM
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Alantria you outlined a some key essentials to shippers that have established their presence internationally. I would add managing risk as another key essential for shippers. While risk could be bucketed into some of the areas you've discussed I think it needs its own bucket. Companies must decide how much time, money and effort should be allocated to prevention vs. response.



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