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Billion Dollar Port Plan Brings Mega-Retailer To Mexico

Walmart Explores Mexico’s Supply Chain Over the last several months, Walmart—the world’s largest retailer—has slowly been increasing the share of products it imports through Mexico, a move that many other retailers have been reluctant to make for decades. Mexico’s ports have long been considered North America’s least attractive option for retailers looking to import goods … Continued

Manufacturing Renaissance Reinvigorates Supply Chain Interest In Southeast Asia

China’s Shifting Economy Opens Door For Southeast Asian Manufacturing Growth After falling for 7 straight months, China’s Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), generally considered a barometer for manufacturing growth in the country, finally rebounded this February. China’s Manufacturing PMI has been struggling on the back of volatile exports and weak domestic consumption as the nation … Continued

The Real Cost Of The West Coast Port Strike Pt. 2

Two months after the end of the catastrophic West Coast port dispute, carriers on the West Coast are still struggling with the lingering effects of the shutdown, and economists are tallying up its final price tag. Meanwhile ports on the East Coast are adjusting to the massive influx of cargo that has been redirected from the West … Continued

The Real Cost Of The West Coast Port Strike Pt. 1

Two months after the end of the catastrophic West Coast port dispute, carriers on the West Coast are still struggling with the lingering effects of the shutdown, and economists are tallying up its final price tag. Meanwhile ports on the East Coast are adjusting to the massive influx of cargo that has been redirected from the … Continued

The Supply Chain of the Global Sugar Glut

  From Projected Deficit to Record Surplus In October of 2014, the world’s five year sugar surplus looked to be in danger. Unprecedented drought conditions in Brazil—the world’s largest producer of sugar—were projected to reduce the country’s total yield of cane by 10%.  In response, the price climbed to 17.12 cents per pound, as investors … Continued

Maneuvering Your Supply Chain Around The Oil Contango

What is Contango? It’s no secret that oil is cheap right now (really cheap). But what happens if oil is too cheap? Investors and consumers are capitalizing on the historically low price of oil by purchasing record amounts of it to store—then to be sold when the price inevitably rebounds. The only problem: when there’s … Continued