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Integrated WMS Can Help You Run A Leaner, Efficient Business

Integrated WMS Can Help You Run A Leaner, Efficient Business

Oct. 18 | As freight forwarding or logistics companies, managing your own or leased warehouse is a demanding task. Warehousing in this case is part of bundled services and therefore cannot be treated similar to an independent warehouse.   Using an independent...

Import/Export Management: What You Need to Know

Import/Export Management: What You Need to Know

Oct. 15 | This is the last of a two-part column. For the first part, click here.   Study Incoterms 2010. International Commercial Terms (Incoterms) provides the international standard for international sales and purchase contracts (cross-border transactions)...

A question of scale

A question of scale

Oct. 15 | Two years ago I wrote, for our magazine Supply Chain Philippines, an article looking at how the entry of foreign retail brands into the country could affect the supply chain landscape. There were many facets: new fashion labels, whether designer ones...

Import/Export Management: What You Need to Know

Import/Export Management: What You Need to Know

Oct. 9 | (First of a two-part series.) The massive growth in international trade and the proliferation of regional and bilateral trading agreements have made international trade and customs law a highly specialized and complicated field particularly for the trading...

Prescription Period for Questioning Propriety of Entry, Settlement of Duties

Prescription Period for Questioning Propriety of Entry, Settlement of Duties

Oct. 9 | Can the Philippine Bureau of Customs question propriety of entry and settlement of duties beyond one year from date of payment of final duties?   No. And this is the story.   Bell Petroleum, Inc. [BPI] imported 1,979,674 US barrels of Arab...

Technology—The Differentiating Factor in Your Freight Business

Technology—The Differentiating Factor in Your Freight Business

Oct. 2 | Technology has become the backbone of the modern freight business but we have yet to see its full use by companies. The increasing influence of technology solutions and the dependence on technology for everyday work has made technology the differentiating...

Stop, Collaborate and Listen

Stop, Collaborate and Listen

Oct. 2 | “Where can we slot him in?”   I’ve heard this question many times over the past few months, in the many meetings, emails and chats exchanged leading up to the 2017 SCMAP Supply Chain Conference, which we finally wrapped up just over a week...

5 Common Customs Mistakes of Importers

5 Common Customs Mistakes of Importers

Sep. 25 | Unless you are buying a one-off low value item online, buying offshore for regular importers and for high-value goods is a complex affair. Ordering goods from overseas suppliers is unlike buying from a local store or supplier. The central post office...

Changes are Afoot

Changes are Afoot

Sep. 20 | To me, September means two things: the annual SCMAP Supply Chain Conference, and the “Apple Special Event”, as they call it these days, when new iPhones are announced.   That coincidence has led to some tongue-in-cheek conversations at some...

Making Your Freight Business Cost-Effective

Making Your Freight Business Cost-Effective

Sep. 20 | The freight business as you know has many moving parts. There are so many things happening simultaneously that it is quite easy to lose control of any of the parts, overlook matters or make mistakes. Whenever such lapses occur it has a direct bearing...
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