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A blog discussing the macro forces shaping the global economy today and over the horizon.

Managing Risk in the Global Supply Chain

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Risk is a fact of life for any supply chain professional; learn how to manage it effectively. J. Paul Dittmann, Ph.D. | University of Tennessee First in a Five-Part Series Over the last decade, many companies faced supply chain challenges that have stretched their capabilities to the breaking point. Both ...

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Innovation Without Boundaries

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Beware of mental models that crowd out innovation By Elba Pareja-Gallagher | UPS As a member of a corporate strategy team, innovation is in my job description. The cross-functional team that I’m part of is responsible for developing commercially viable concepts for how to compete in e-commerce deliveries. Since the ...

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Logistics Networks in a Digital Age

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The global economy is witnessing significant and rapid change, thanks to major technological advances over the last decade. The German news portal Spiegel Online noted a societal transformation “that can only be compared with 19th century industrialisation, but it is happening much faster this time . . . the digital ...

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Is It Time to Change Vendors?

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Why CFOs must challenge vendors to bring problem-solving ideas to the table. Kurt Kuehn | UPS As chief financial officers move beyond traditional roles, many are finding that vendor selection is becoming an important part of their expanded duties. When deciding which vendors are the right fit, CFOs should distinguish ...

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Customer-Centric Delivery

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How empowered consumers are forcing supply chains to adapt. Brandon Johnson | UPS To seize the opportunities created by the boom in eCommerce, retailers, manufacturers, and logistics providers alike have all taken steps to make their supply chains more customer-centric. The moves make sense. As globalization made it easier for ...

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Managing a Borderless Supply Chain

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By Scott Szwast, UPS The global growth of the middle class is creating new markets for healthcare companies. Approximately 57 percent of demand for healthcare products is outside of North America, making international trade particularly important for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. However, less than one percent of U.S. healthcare ...

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Natural Gas: Shifting into a Higher Gear

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By Mike Whitlatch, UPS After spending the first 80 years of our company’s history growing our dependence on petroleum, UPS has spent the last 30 years searching for something better. As part of what we refer to as our “rolling laboratory,” we have tested electric vehicles, hybrids (both electric and ...

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The Seven Lessons of Successful Exporters

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By Doug Barry,U.S. Department of Commerce It’s easier than ever to sell a product or service to a buyer in another country. Mega-trade agreements now being negotiated, which will knit together buyers and sellers in the U.S., Asia and Europe and make selling to a customer in Singapore or São ...

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Retail on the Go

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A look at the world of shopping in your purse or pocket. By Bala Ganesh, UPS Smartphones have become such a part of our daily life that most of us can’t imagine even a few hours without one. New research from UPS and comScore reveals that the rest of the ...

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Ending Poverty Through Trade

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By David Abney, UPS CEO The playwright George Bernard Shaw once wrote that poverty is “the greatest of evils and the worst of crimes.” While Shaw penned those poignant words more than a century ago, the reality is that too many people still lead lives filled with hunger and hardship. ...

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