18 Unusual Uses for Shipping Containers

 

Taking an object designed for one purpose and modifying it to create something totally different is a major trend. We hear a lot about repurposing these days, and we are repurposing everything from small craft items to large industrial buildings. Warehouse conversion, for example, has become a booming industry that breathes new life into relics from the past. On the smaller end of the scale, even things like bottle caps can be repurposed to make tiny tea lights. Continue reading…


How Will the New Steel Tariffs Affect the US Supply Chain?

 

In March, President Donald Trump made waves worldwide when he announced new tariffs on steel and aluminum. The new 25% tariff on steel and 10% tariff on aluminum were largely viewed as a snub against China, and the nation responded with its own new tariffs on certain agricultural products. Originally planned to be imposed on steel imported from around the world, the tariff was not applied to steel coming from Mexico, Canada, and the European Union until May. While most expert economists agree that these tariffs will protect thousands of jobs in the steel and aluminum industries, there are concerns regarding how they will impact the supply chain. Continue reading…


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…