Archive for Guest Commentary – Descartes

The Cost-Saving Benefits of ELDs: Why Wait for Compliance?

The electronic logging device (ELD) mandate is accelerating the adoption of telematics systems. However, best-in-class fleets understand that these solutions can positively impact fleet operations in many ways that add to the bottom line. While telematics creates a platform for compliance with the ELD mandate, the inside track is that the paperless, real-time communications environment […]

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HS 2017 Reform Is Here: Are You Prepared?

Developed by the World Customs Organization (WCO), the Harmonized System (HS) serves as a universal economic language for goods—an indispensable tool for global trade. It’s used by more than 200 countries and territories as a basis for customs tariffs. The HS is also used extensively by governments, international organizations, and the private sector for many […]

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5 Hot Topics in Home Delivery this Season

With the seasonal flood of consumer demand about hit the retail industry, advanced home delivery solutions can play an important role in success. Based on a benchmark study¹ of retailers using home delivery technology in diverse industries worldwide, here’s what companies are actually doing in five key areas to capitalize on the home delivery opportunity. 1. […]

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Why the European Union’s UCC Matters to Global Trade

European Union (EU) Customs handles over €3,400 billion of goods per year and two billion tons of cargo annually. With the first phase of the new Union Customs Code (UCC) legislation coming into effect on May 1, 2016, the regulation is anticipated to have a substantial impact on global trade. With sweeping procedural modifications expected […]

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The Agility of Integration: eCommerce, Warehouse Management and Shipping for SMBs

Over the last few years, three major trends have transformed distribution in many diverse industries: e-commerce, cloud applications and mobile devices. E-commerce has blurred the lines between retailers, wholesale distributors and manufacturers. Cloud-based applications that manage e-commerce and enterprise resource planning (ERP) have lowered the barrier to entry for small- to medium-sized companies, and fueled […]

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The Impact of SOLAS on Ocean Shipping and Data Management

The Regulation’s Impact on Ocean Shipping and Data Management The revised Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) container weight verification requirement is a significant change in the ocean cargo supply chain. Also known as the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) requirement, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulation is scheduled to go to effect on July 1, […]

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