Tag: supply chain visibility

Fight Back Against Chargebacks

Fight Back Against Chargebacks – How suppliers can improve service and avoid chargebacks Chargebacks (aka deductions) occur when a retailer is prevented from receiving and processing an inbound order from a supplier according to plan (aka the service level agreement between them and their supplier). When this occurs, the retailer will pay the supplier less than the agreed upon amount on the invoice to minimally offset the pain caused by the disruption to their operation…
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Blockchain the Newest Technology in Supply Chain Part 1

The most efficient supply chains are those that are built on trust, transparency and reliability between the various partners in the trading partner community. Buyer’s that don’t work with trustworthy, or well-vetted, suppliers are subject to consumer safety and brand risk — an e. coli outbreak or massive product recalls, and shippers that don’t work with reliable carriers face shipment delays and variability, to name a few examples. Global supply chains function with such complexity,…
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Lessons From the 2017 Qatar Diplomatic Crisis

On 5 June 2017, several countries including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar. These countries withdrew ambassadors, and imposed trade and travel bans, citing Qatar’s support for terrorism. Companies active in or dependent on intra-Gulf trade routes to Qatar (by sea, air or land) are seeing substantial disruptions to their operations and supply chains because of the blockade, primarily because they did not anticipate the trade…
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New “Megamax” Container Ships Create New Risks for Global Supply Chains

When 20,000 shipping containers carried by one giant ship reach a port, it’s like a pig in a python   Alexandria, VA, April 14, 2017 — The size of newly commissioned and built container ships has been creeping steadily upwards for 20 years, as shipping companies and shippers pursue increasing economies of scale to lower the unit costs of ocean shipping.  Now that steady evolution has reached a new milestone with the hand-over this month…
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