There are four transformative trends driving International supply chain initiatives: globalization, outsourcing, security and regulatory mandates, and technology. Our discussions with corporate after corporate indicate many have drastically changed their global suppy chain models in a relatively short time. The degree of international sourcing or 3rd party manufacturing in most industries is forcing a redesign of processes, partner relationships, systems, etc. to improve cycle time, delivered costs, order fill rates, and on-time performance. In virtually every industry, companies operate their supply chains on a global basis to compete.
Beyond Counting Kilos and Boxes focuses on primary interviews with corporates, global transportation and logistics companies, banks, and global trade management vendors to understand the following around the international supply chain.
1) corporate expectations around linking physical and financial supply chains for international trade
GBI spoke with over 100 leading logistic, bank, global trade management vendors and many orporate companies to share insights in a confidential manner, including leaders in their respective segments (ie, UPS, Citibank, DHL, Exel, CH Robinson, JPMorganChase, Vastera, Sterling Commerce, SAP, etc.)
2) International trading partner connectivity issues - what are corporates doing here with their vendors and network of transportation and banking partners
3) Trade data and document solutions to facilitate these emerging global supply chains