American Shipper Report

Bridging the Sourcing-Global Trade Divide

Published September 2017

New research from American Shipper finds that most companies don’t link global sourcing and logistics activities on the same platform and don’t make sourcing decisions based on available free trade agreements. This lack of connective tissue between sourcing and trade compliance and logistics teams leads to unidimensional decision-making.

The time is now to think about how to better connect decisions on sourcing to critical downstream supply chain activities, and the best way to do that is through technology investment. The Bridging the Sourcing-Global Trade Divide report examines:

  • The reasons shippers don’t use FTAs more

  • Their biggest concerns about sourcing abroad

  • The tools they use to incentivize suppliers

  • The pros and cons of sourcing in various regions

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