Guest Commentary: Bridging the Global Logistics Gap with …
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 07:01
Global shippers today face the challenge of orchestrating end-to-end logistics processes while managing the interplay with other third parties, such as customers, suppliers, ocean carriers, freight forwarders, customs brokers and government agencies. Doing so effectively is difficult, regardless of whether the shipper is importing or exporting freight. Part of the challenge is dealing with international laws, global regulations and multiple languages, currencies, and units of measure; supply chain security and compliance programs, such as the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and Operation Safe Commerce, place even more burdens on the proper execution of global logistics.
Simply put, there are numerous challenges, both from a systems and operations perspective, to ship product via any mode, anywhere in the world.
Currently, management of international freight is still largely dominated by manual processes and point/siloed technology solutions. Additionally, since many global supply chain organizations are decentralized with separate groups and often separate systems, the issues become multiplied. That is changing quickly, however, with the emergence of global transportation management systems (TMS) that have the functionality and built-in connectivity needed to manage all the moving parts of global logistics in one system.