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Trump has imposed tariffs on Canadian shipments of export cargo and import cargo in international trade.
WHY CANADA? This simply isn’t the fight the US should be fighting.

O Canada

I’m among the subset of economists who worries about the United States trade deficit. I have even argued that America’s allies—not China—now account for the bulk of the world’s trade surplus, and changes to their fiscal and currency policies have to be a part of any sustained reduction in the overall US trade deficit. And I’m baffled by Trump’s focus … Read More

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A Trade War With Canada Makes No Strategic Sense

I’m among the subset of economists who worries about the United States trade deficit. I have even argued that America’s… Read More

Trump Tariffs Slam Canada, EU—Not China

Targeting Allies as a Means of Rupturing their Mindset

At the recent G-7 Summit meeting in Quebec, the first such summit ever to fail to produce a joint communiqué,… Read More

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Trump has imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum shipments of export cargo and import cargo in international trade.
AUTO UH-OH: There are fears that U.S. car manufacturing will be bitten by fallout from trade tariffs.
Matt Coker 12:03 AM  6/21/2018

TARIFFS, TARIFFS, TARIFFS

President Donald Trump’s recent tariffs on steel and aluminum, like his earlier tariffs on solar panels and washing machines, have tongues wagging from the Beltway and beyond. What we’ve done is present some choice words on the topic, including some that commend the Commander-in-Chief—and several more that … gulp … do not. “We applaud the administration’s efforts to fix this problem.” -AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka “We hope that eventually common sense will triumph. Unfortunately, the actions taken … by the American government do … Read More

Software helps manage logistics of shipments of export cargo and import cargo in international trade.
WAIT TIL THE SHAREHOLDERS HEAR THIS! CEOs have more logistics software options from 3PLs than ever before.
Jon Slangerup 12:03 AM  6/20/2018

DIG INTO DIGITAL

For businesses that rely on their supply chains to operate efficiently, a supply chain technology platform is no longer optional. Driven by rapid IT innovation, an always-on omnichannel environment and global trade uncertainties, CEOs across the spectrum are deploying the latest logistics systems to keep their organizations competitive. Businesses spent an estimated $13 billion on supply chain management software in 2017, an 11 percent year-over-year increase, according to Gartner. That number is expected to climb even higher in the next few … Read More

Global Logistics

Foreign trade zones allow cargo to be imported and export without having to pay customs duties and fees.
FOREIGN TRADE ZONES: Their use involves a strategic supply chain strategy for manufacturers. (Image: 3.0)

Silicon Valley manufacturers are reaping significant benefits in product quality, lower costs, reduced tariffs and supply chain efficiency through strategic application of local Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) operations in their manufacturing processes. Those were among the findings of a recent study published by The Reshoring Institute, a Silicon Valley-based non-profit organization providing research and support for companies bringing manufacturing back … Read More

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Amazon selected Michigan site for fulfillment center to process shipments of export cargo and import cargo in international trade.
NEW AMAZON FULFILLMENT CENTER: It will cover 100 acres and is expected to create 1,000 jobs.

Site Selection: Amazon’s Giant Leap Into Grand Rapids Region

GT Staff 12:24 AM  6/12/2018

As a further endorsement of Michigan’s prime logistical assets and strategic location to the Midwest and Canadian consumer markets, Amazon.com Services Inc. will invest $150 million in a fulfillment center in Gaines Township, Kent County. On May 22, the Michigan Strategic Fund approved a $4 million Michigan Business Performance program grant to support the online giant’s latest investment in the … Read More

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China is lowering tariffs on auto shipments of export cargo and import cargo in international trade.
BMW: It’s the largest auto exporter in the US by value and the largest exporter to the Chinese market by vehicle.

US-China Auto Business Growing

Peter Buxbaum 12:17 AM  6/19/2018

US auto and auto part exports to China increased in 2017, although the value of auto imports from China continues to outpace the value of auto exports to China. In 2017, United States auto exports to China (including auto parts) reached $13.2 billion, up 21.2 percent from 2016. Auto imports (including parts) from China also grew, rising 6.3 percent to … Read More

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MBA programs offer concentrations in managing shipments of export cargo and import cargo in international trade.
MBA GRADUATES: Those in logistics management are well-positioned to secure supply-chain jobs.
GT Staff 12:29 AM  6/11/2018

Logistics and Supply Chain MBA Programs

A growing number of universities in the United States are offering Masters in Business Administration programs—many of them online—with concentrations in logistics management and other related fields—such as supply-chain management, process reengineering, information technology, strategic planning, and shipping. And for good reason: market demand for supply chain and logistics professionals is growing and so are salaries in the field. Logistics in the U.S. is a $1.3 trillion industry and growing. MBAs in logistics management are well-positioned to secure jobs as … Read More

Academic programs enhance skills in the management of shipments of export cargo and import cargo in international trade.
WRITING ON THE WALL: It’s proven that advanced degrees enrich logistics professionals in multiple ways.
Peter Buxbaum 12:31 AM  3/26/2018

SUCCESS SECRETS

Market demand for supply chain and logistics professionals is growing and so are salaries in the field. Studies show that businesses are filling 270,000 logistics jobs a year and that employment in the field will have increased 22 percent between 2012 and 2022. If you’ve got an undergraduate degree, earning a master’s may be the best bet to a higher salary. The Institute for Supply Management says a supply chain professional with a master’s degree earns 25 percent more than one … Read More

Education programs for executives in companies with shipments of export cargo and import cargo in international trade.
THE FIRST COHORT OF STUDENTS SURROUNDS SIR JAMES DYSON (Image: Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology)
Todd Mathews 12:04 AM  9/28/2017

USD OFFERS M.B.A. WITH OPERATIONS AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT SPECIALIZATION

The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business now offers an online Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with Operations and Supply Chain Management specialization. Enrollees “benefit from in-depth study of supply chain management, lean management, quality control and other topics relevant in today’s rapidly evolving global market,” according to Beacom School of Business officials. In addition to the core M.B.A. courses that prepare students for leadership in any business role, those on the Operations and Supply Chain Management tract can … Read More

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