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The Trade Compliance Profession

The Trade Compliance Profession

Aug. 12 | Except for a brief stint in government, I have been in the trade compliance profession for more than 15 years. In all those years, I get the same question over and over again—what do you do exactly; and when I attempt to explain, I find it very difficult...

Building on Business Capabilities Using ERP

Building on Business Capabilities Using ERP

Aug. 7 | Imagine this scenario: your customer has an urgent shipment but he has to wait for it since you are unable to rush to fulfill it. Your delivery takes just few days more than what was expected by your customer but it could mean a huge upset for them.   Such...

60th

60th

Aug. 7 | The headline figure is encouraging: the Philippines has jumped from 71st place to 60th in the latest Logistics Performance Index, a biannual survey conducted by the World Bank looking at the supply chain competitiveness of countries around the world.   We...

Container Tracking Technology Implementation Updates

Container Tracking Technology Implementation Updates

Jul. 30 | More than 5 years ago—January 2012 to be exact—I wrote an article here in PortCalls entitled “Container Tracking Technology Implementation in the Philippines” wherein I gave a brief backgrounder on various technologies for container tracking...

Technology Blurring Line Separating Large and Small Freight Companies

Technology Blurring Line Separating Large and Small Freight Companies

Jul. 25 | New technological trends are emerging in the logistics market that would be a game changer for the industry. Warehouse, transportation and last-mile delivery are seeing rapid robotic invasion. This is the most interesting and intriguing turning point...

Marshals

Marshals

Jul. 25 | Whenever I wrote about supply chain—whether it be for this column, for SCMAP’s magazine Supply Chain Philippines, or elsewhere—I lately tend to avoid referring to the “supply chain industry”. Call me a perfectionist, but I think the term implies...

Hate It Or Love It, Technology Can’t Be Ignored

Hate It Or Love It, Technology Can’t Be Ignored

Jul. 8 | Technology is commonplace in current times, having already pervaded every aspect of business and personal life. The impact of technology on your business has been significant and positive to a great extent. Technology is here to stay; hate it or love...

Understanding the Surge

Understanding the Surge

Jul. 8 | One thing we ought to understand when thinking of surge periods across the supply chain is that, for the most part, these spikes are anticipated. Manufacturers, retailers and even logistics providers have a good idea, roughly six months to a year ahead...

One Less Headache

One Less Headache

Jul. 3 | Finally, the government signed into law the Ease of Doing Business Law, if we’re to use its short name. After years of pushing from the private sector, President Duterte affixed his signature into legislation that should allow for better and faster...

Capacity and Capability

Capacity and Capability

Jun. 11 | Over the weekend I had my car’s gas tank filled up. Upon noticing that a liter is now at roughly P57, I immediately regretted the decision. Well, partly. I needed to top up. A price rollback would be announced hours later.   The government has...
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