When trade policy moves faster than you can move your supply chain

On Monday, the Administration announced their intention to terminate GSP benefits from Turkey and India. I’ve been a Customs broker long enough that with the exception of commodities like carpets, textiles and gold, importers I represented made sourcing decisions in these countries based on the fact they could buy duty-free. Now, that trade-off came with… Read more »

Four tips for writing a business letter

As we watch digital communication evolve into a new language, it is important to understand how to communicate effectively by a letter in many situations. Though we may now find ourselves sending letters via email in the case of career advancement or civic communication with our government, it’s crucial to uphold the formality of a… Read more »

Be Prepared for Your Big Moments

On September 10th, AirStrip Technologies discovered that they couldn’t handle the traffic on their site when it was showcased in the Apple Watch demonstration during the keynote speech. “Our website was crashed within seconds,” AirStrip CEO Alan Portela said. Within hours of the keynote, Airstrip received product inquiries which crashed the company’s servers. Having watched… Read more »

The Northwest Seaport Alliance

Some areas of the United States are perfectly crafted for mergers, especially in the areas of transportation and logistics. Dallas-Fort Worth, New York-Newark, Los Angeles-Long Beach and now, the Ports of Seattle-Tacoma, which are known as the Northwest Seaport Alliance. These former rivals have been approved a port alliance by the FMC as they bring… Read more »

A long overdue P:G update and introduction

To say that there’s been a gap in communication on the blog would be an understatement. P:G has been busy growing and doing lots of great things for lots of great people and companies. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel and present at conferences and for groups along the way; and those people have been… Read more »

Best practices and solutions for password security.

If you’re a fan of Mel Brooks’ work, you probably remember this scene in his Star Wars spoof “Spaceballs”: When this movie came out in 1987, the internet was a nascent thing confined to dialup and university researchers.  So the most secure things people were using were combination locks or padlocks. Identity theft meant your wallet… Read more »

The importance of supply chain visibility.

This week, I led a webinar for a client about the importance of supply chain visibility.  Supply chain visibility is key for a logistics company for customer retention, revenue generation and proactive communication.  Let’s briefly touch on each one and why it is so crucial. Customer retention Freight rates are constantly in flux regardless of… Read more »

ACE Chicago Outreach Report

Last Thursday, the CCBFA and Roanoke Trade were kind enough to host an outreach seminar on ACE.  The featured speakers were Steve Hilson and Vince Annunziato of Customs and Border Protection. Their message?  If you’re a Customs broker, get on ACE now.  It doesn’t have to be a full dive into the deep end of the pool… Read more »

Meet your World Cup host, Brazil.

Brazil’s economy is, without question, the economic engine that drives South and Latin America.  Besides the futbol tournament currently underway and the Olympics slated for Rio in 2016, Brazil leads all South American countries in population and GDP. They are also a country besieged by poverty, high taxes, crime and infrastructure challenges. Brazil is the… Read more »

How do you innovate for customers?

This week brought Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference, or WWDC. While Apple holds many events for the consumer (think their iPhone and iPad launch events held every year), this is one aimed at the people who build software and applications for their ecosystem, Mac OS X (for Apple desktops) and iOS (for the aforementioned iPhones… Read more »

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