Parcel rates are going through the roof: 4-7% increase in 2022

The general rate increase (GRI) for parcel and express shipments in Europe will this year be between 4% and 7% (4-6% domestic; 5-7 cross border). That is one of the results of the 6th edition of the Transport Monitor of BCI Global.

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Six strategic initiatives for supply chain and manufacturing leaders in advanced manufacturing industries

As there now is real light at the end of the Covid-19 pandemic tunnel, for many companies the key question is: what strategic supply chain and manufacturing footprint initiatives to take in order to prepare ourselves for the future and how to implement them?

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Making your manufacturing footprint more resilient

For most companies clearly the time has come to take a longer-term perspective again and prepare the company for potential new disruptions in the future. BCI Global has defined 5 strategic initiatives that companies should adopt when preparing the manufacturing footprint for the future.

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Manufacturing in the US: now or never?

The US economy is ‘hot’. Fueled by the Covid-19 recovery with a forecasted economic growth of more than 5 per cent this year and the substantial investment packages of President Biden domestic and foreign companies are investing in new manufacturing plants. But labor market challenges are around the corner.

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Practical tactics for shippers to weather the storm in ocean freight

Currently, there is a serious storm or even a hurricane ongoing in the ocean freight industry. Rates are at an all-time high (BCI’s monitor shows an average of factor 4, with outliers of factor 10!), capacity is limited which is strengthened by the false container positioning and port congestion due to Covid-measures and high demand is counted in weeks instead of days. The reliability of ocean freight is all time low which pushes the need for end to end visibility even further.

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Right-shoring location strategies for Support Centers

Although the vast majority of multinational companies already has some sort of support model in place, the global Support Services market is still expected to mature and grow further with 4 billion USD until 2027. Companies are now focusing on process efficiency, added value, digitalization and innovation. Also, many companies are using their best service delivery models to also target emerging markets. What key trends are taking place in the Support Center market and what does this mean for the global right-shoring location strategies for Support Centers?

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Webinar: Labor market shortages in the US: what is your next move?

January 27, 2022

Labor market tightness levels increase all over North America. The availability, skills sets and costs of the job functions you need are today important in every location decision. How can you assess and compare the suitability of regional labor markets if you consider establishing or consolidating new manufacturing or distribution operations?

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Webinar: Logistics Real Estate Perspectives 2022

January 28, 2022

For the second year in a row Buck Consultants International conducts a survey among Europe’s leading logistics real estate developers, investors and experts about their expectations for the Logistics Real Estate Markets in Europe in 2022.

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Webinar: Decentralization of distribution and manufacturing: new opportunities for Europe or the US?

February 2, 2022

Is decentralization of production and distribution to the main markets in Europe and North America the right resilient supply chain strategy to cope with shortages of supplies and interrupted supply chains?

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