How Can Cloud Computing Benefit Supply Chain Management?

This month, multinational cloud computing corporation Oracle announced that it will acquire LogFire, a company that produces cloud-based supply chain management (SCM) software for warehouses. Oracle has worked with LogFire in the past, and now hopes to leverage their SCM expertise to create a comprehensive software suite of cloud computing applications for other companies in… Read more »

Global Shipping Industry Reels in Wake of Hanjin Bankruptcy

One of the weaknesses of today’s vast, interconnected shipping economy is that when one component fails, it can have a ripple effect on the industry that stretches thousands of miles around the globe. Such is the case in the recent bankruptcy of the South Korean firm Hanjin Shipping Co. After spending years putting pressure on… Read more »

Drones Emerge as Valuable Tools in Supply Chain Logistics

In December, 2013 Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled plans for a new service called Amazon Prime Air that would use drones to deliver packages to customers’ homes within 30 minutes of placing an order. Because drones aren’t bound by postcodes, they have the potential to make delivery services faster and more efficient than ever. Prime… Read more »

Shipping Container Home Comes to Buffalo’s Old First Ward

One of the things we love most about Buffalo is the city’s colorful array of houses. The folks around here aren’t afraid to make their homes stand out in a crowd. With all the eye-catching paint jobs and vibrant gardens to match, you can easily spend an afternoon just cruising around and admiring these unique,… Read more »

Brexit: How Will It Affect International Trade?

On June 24, after months of heated deliberation, Britain voted to leave the European Union in a nationwide referendum. Soon after the results of the referendum were released, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that he would resign from his post. Global stock markets were rattled as investors reacted swiftly – moving capital out of… Read more »

E-commerce Causes Demand for Warehousing to Soar

During the 19th Century, the Industrial Revolution sparked a series of innovations that made it possible for manufacturers to create more goods than consumers could purchase for the first time in human history. Now, two hundred years later, the Digital Revolution is having a similarly transformative effect on the global consumer market. With more people… Read more »

More Supply Chain Managers are Embracing Robotics

Workforce automation is a hot topic of discussion in many industries these days, and supply chain management and logistics is no exception. More than any other emerging technology, supply chain managers are turning to robotics to increase the efficiency of their operations and ensure that shipments stay on schedule. According to a recent annual survey… Read more »

Electronic Data Exchange Rules Expected in 2018

The International Maritime Organization passed new rules that will require the electronic exchange of information on cargo, crew and passengers. According to a report from Hellenic Shipping News, public authorities must establish systems to exchange information electronically over the next few years. There will be a 12-month transitional period from the date of introduction –… Read more »

SOLAS Container Weight Requirements – Effective July 1, 2016

The international treaty known as the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) affects all shipment by water effective July 1, 2016. SOLAS requires the filing of a Verified Gross Mass or weight (VGM) as a condition of loading your cargo on board the vessel. No VGM on file – no movement of your cargo! SOLAS-VGM requires… Read more »

Benefits of a Bonded Warehouse

Companies that regularly export products abroad rely on bonded warehousing facilities to store their goods in foreign countries until duty taxes have been paid and shipping logistics have been sorted out. These facilities provide businesses with a safe, secure place for businesses to store their goods while they take care of all the legal and… Read more »