International Trade & Logistics for Retailers & Their Suppliers

Abstract

Global markets and the widespread movement of manufacturing to low-labor-cost regions are creating an increasing array of tough decisions and challenges for retailers and suppliers. What is the right region for sourcing various goods (e.g., lower costs of China vs. shorter lead times of Caribbean/Mexico)? Who should be responsible for the movement of goods-the retailer, the supplier or a third party? Should we ship from the contract manufacturer to the supplier’s distribution center (DC) or directly to the retailer? What is the right role for third-party logistics (3PL)providers and what is the best way to manage them? Where should we invest limited resources to improve internationallogistics?

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