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Insights: What I Learned In Supply Chain This Week Series
Are Excel and Email the solution?
Tags: First Mile, Global Supply Chain, Import, Email, Excel, Technology
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It’s been a wild ride for importers in the last three years.

First, we had the trade wars with China — which quickly led to new tariffs being imposed. These tariffs were often announced with short notice, leaving importers scrambling to determine the financial impacts. Trade wars and tariffs led to a search for alternatives, and this, in turn, led to sourcing shifts.

Shifts in sourcing create major disruptions as importers learn how to navigate new countries, new suppliers, and new regulations. This prompted increased scrutiny on who and how products are being made — from looking for domestic suppliers, to increased transparency to who and how products are impacting humans and the environment.

And now, of course, the Corona-virus — which shut down the world's manufacturing hub, leading to Wall Street panic and importers scrambling once again to understand what it means for their supply chain.

The intelligence at the hear of all this chaos and their impacts? Excel and email. Neither were built for managing collaboration, transparency, predictability, and automation.

Is it time for a change?
ABOUT THE SERIES

Each week, Mercado CEO Rob Garrison pens his latest learnings from the supply chain industry as part of a series run for his LinkedIn followers. Each article aims to share a little insight into what's going on that week and to help foster discussion amongst industry professionals across levels, geographies, and companies.

You can connect with Rob on Linkedin by following this link.
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Andy Stinnes weighs the pros and cons.

It’s been a wild ride for importers in the last three years.

First, we had the trade wars with China — which quickly led to new tariffs being imposed. These tariffs were often announced with short notice, leaving importers scrambling to determine the financial impacts. Trade wars and tariffs led to a search for alternatives, and this, in turn, led to sourcing shifts.

Shifts in sourcing create major disruptions as importers learn how to navigate new countries, new suppliers, and new regulations. This prompted increased scrutiny on who and how products are being made — from looking for domestic suppliers, to increased transparency to who and how products are impacting humans and the environment.

And now, of course, the Corona-virus — which shut down the world's manufacturing hub, leading to Wall Street panic and importers scrambling once again to understand what it means for their supply chain.

The intelligence at the hear of all this chaos and their impacts? Excel and email. Neither were built for managing collaboration, transparency, predictability, and automation.

Is it time for a change?
ABOUT THE SERIES

Each week, Mercado CEO Rob Garrison pens his latest learnings from the supply chain industry as part of a series run for his LinkedIn followers. Each article aims to share a little insight into what's going on that week and to help foster discussion amongst industry professionals across levels, geographies, and companies.

You can connect with Rob on Linkedin by following this link.
                       

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