Port Hurricane Preparedness Plans: The Ultimate Checklist

 

Hurricane season is the most dangerous time of the year for East Coast ports. Running from June 1 through November 30 each year, the Atlantic hurricane season spawns an average of 10 named storms. Of them, approximately six become hurricanes, and two to three develop into major hurricanes. Ports in cities like Miami and New Orleans must take steps to ensure that they are prepared to deal with major storms and their aftermath. Continue reading…


9 Ways Blockchain Will Affect the Shipping Industry

ways blockchain will affect shipping industry

 

Despite seemingly constant technological advancements impacting just about every industry imaginable, the shipping industry still relies heavily on traditional processes. In the modern world, many of these processes are downright archaic and fail to sufficiently meet the needs of the companies involved in the supply chain. Most shipping transactions numerous documents, including charter party agreements, sales contracts, bills of lading, letters of credit, port documents, etc. They pass through several hands as cargo makes its way from its point of origin to its final destination, and keeping track of all that paperwork can be quite difficult. The procedure is extremely time-consuming, and vessels commonly arrive at discharge ports prior to the arrival of certain important documents. Continue reading…


Important Lessons Small Businesses Can Learn from Recent Brick-and-Mortar Bankruptcies

 

It seems like every day a new brick-and-mortar retailer is filing for bankruptcy every time you turn on the news. With once-popular brands like Toys “R” Us, The Bon Ton, Claire’s, Teavana and several others falling victim to difficult economic times and a surge in the popularity of online shopping, many small businesses fear becoming the next statistic in a never-ending stream of failed businesses. Continue reading…


What Can Small Businesses Learn from the Amazon Giant?

 

Small businesses have much to learn from the most successful online retailer in the history of e-commerce, Amazon. Their success can be attributed to good decision-making in the most common functional areas of a business including sales, marketing, finance and accounting, customer service, human resources, research and development and distribution. However, it all starts with the customer. Continue reading…


How Innovation in Automation is Shaping the Supply Chain

This is a guest post from Unleashed Software.

Unleashed Software is a powerful cloud-based inventory management tool that allows businesses to accurately manage their inventory in real-time. Unleashed allows you to easily and accurately track stock in real-time across various locations for visibility on all inventory management processes and transactions. With such dynamic inventory information, businesses are able to make better data-driven business decisions. Continue reading…


7 Companies that Paved the Way for Global Marketing

 

It may seem perfectly normal today to see a sign for Coca-Cola or a Toyota vehicle when you travel abroad, but that hasn’t always been the case. Before instant communication was as simple as a phone call, email or text, global marketing was much more challenging. Only the largest corporations that could afford multiple manufacturing sites and distribution networks and had strong enough brand recognition to dominate across international borders were successful. Continue reading…