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HIDDEN COSTS Export financing can pay for itself in countries where the export climate is favorable. In some countries such as China, where the economics currently work against U.S. exporters. U.S. exporters are at a disadvantage.

Paul M. Hletko is on a mission to reclaim his grandfather’s legacy. The former attorney and guitar player runs FEW Spirits in Evanston, Illinois, exporting its

POWER OF PARTNERSHIPS Utilities companies can take a much more active roll in economic development than simply providing power, such as incentivizing with rebates, helping companies with energy efficiency goals and more.

Expanding may make good business sense, but it often provides companies with a host of technical and logistical challenges. Brian Weber says it’s a phenomenon he

FAST TRACKS One of the many perks of inland ports is being served directly by Class I railroads, such as CSX’s presence at Central Florida Intermodal Logistics Center which offers high-speed access to many seaport markets.

Name-dropping may not be Eric Toriumi’s usual style, but he admits that it comes in handy when describing The Diemasters’ location. The Diemasters—a Chicago-based high-precision metal

CROSSING OVER Canadian National Railway, in partnership with Kansas City Southern de Mexico (KCSM), provides trans-border services that allow intermodal shipments to cross into Mexico prior to being inspected.

Cross-border trade between the United States and its closest neighbors and largest trading partners, Mexico and Canada, continues to grow, and cross-border intermodal services offer shippers

BEST LAID PLANS The supply chain can be unpredictable, but securing your shipments with cargo insurance can protect against profit losses that may take millions in revenue to recover.

It sounds like an opening scene of Miami Vice: A shipment of televisions worth several hundred thousand dollars waits as a call goes out to the

ALL IN THE FAMILY University of Arkansas’ Sam M. Walton College of Business works closely with Wal-Mart for its Masters of Supply Chain Management degree—which led to an internship that led to a job offer for Kyani Alford. (Photo: Wal-Mart)

Kyani Alford always imagined herself as an industrial engineer. She even landed an internship at Wal-Mart headquarters in Bentonville in that discipline. But the University of

MEAT AND POTATOES Consumer preferences moving from canned goods to fresh, ready-to-eat items has helped alter the ratio between dry and cold warehousing, and spurred industry improvements.

In September 2015, the warehouses of Lineage Logistics in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Mira Loma, California, were equipped with high pressure processing (HPP) machines and packaging equipment.

KNOW YOUR ROLE While most freight moving through ports is booked by intermediaries, some port executives still see value in shippers knowing contacts at the port and having a sense of how their cargo is moved.

If you are an exporter new to international trade, establishing relationships with one or more ocean ports might not be the highest priority on your to-do

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS Most expedited air cargo moves in consolidations, which allow forwarders to leverage traffic volumes to get lower rates from the airlines.

Owing to an excess of passenger flights, some pundits have referred to the North Atlantic as a graveyard for freighters, particularly on the routes linking major

CHANGING TIDES Carole Cirino at APL Logistics says the biggest changes resulting from ocean carrier alliances “concern the array of service combinations that companies have to choose from.”

To engage in the business of global trade, picking the right ocean carriers is key to ensuring your goods get to store shelves and customers on

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