A Global Logistics Era Demands a Responsive Attitude
by Scott Vigneault, on September 26, 2017
When shipping and logistics organizations expand, their potential expansion can encompass the whole world. Connected networks of shippers and related businesses provide the backbone for a retail and commercial environment that has taken "cross-border" to the extreme. Placed into this intense new setting, they have been forced to keep visibility of items as they move extreme distances on very tight schedules. Effective technology use is key to not breaking down in these tough circumstances.
One of the consequences of the supply chain's global reach - touching both manufacturing and retail - is a reshuffling of the calendar. Not every part of the world has the same timeline for logistics demand, and this means companies may have to ramp up activity even when their own home countries are facing quiet periods.
Global Trade offered a reminder that peaks and troughs of demand can differ widely around the world. China's Golden Week, for example, will take place over the first eight days of October this year, and shipping companies operating by both sea and air have taken notice. Some shippers will want to get goods into the country to sell - others will ramp up moving materials and products out of China before factories shut down in celebration of the week-long holiday.
Trends around the whole world are affecting shippers' access to the routes and methods they want to use. The Journal of Commerce pointed out that simultaneous economic growth in the United States, Europe and developing countries elsewhere has cut the amount of idle ships globally.
Internal Efficiencies Needed
Shippers have to move quickly and efficiently, even as their purview expands. To do this, they need data and high-level visibility of that information. Standardized labeling software can represent part of the solution, allowing goods to pass between partners and always be accounted for. When there's less need to slow down, international shipping can stay fast and strong.