May 17, 2020

New white paper on optimising inbound supply chain, by AEB (International) Ltd.

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Supply Chain
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Freddie Pierce
3 min
Inbound supply chain is often neglected
The white paper explains why companies should take control of their inbound transportation, analyse their inbound freight cost management processes, i...

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The white paper explains why companies should take control of their inbound transportation, analyse their inbound freight cost management processes, integrate their loading dock management with transport partners, as well as organise their own import processes and increase transparent and standardised collaboration on all inbound movements.</p>
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According to AEB, while distribution logistics grabs the headlines when it comes to optimising the supply chain, there is one area that is often neglected: the inbound supply chain, which extends from the suppliers to the in-house production centres of industrial enterprises or the logistics centres of retailers.</p>
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The new white paper by the software provider explains how businesses can become more competitive by streamlining their inbound supply chain.&nbsp; It can be downloaded free of charge from AEB&rsquo;s website on <strong><a href="http://www.aeb.com/uk/media/white-paper-inbound-scm.php&quot; target="_blank">www.aeb.com/uk/media/white-paper-inbound-scm.php</a></strong>.</p&gt;
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Global supply chains are getting ever longer and more complicated and improvement measures often target isolated areas. In an effort to increase supply chain efficiency, many companies focus on distribution logistics and on optimising their outbound process chain because it represents the direct link to the end customer. However, they tend to overlook the untapped potential of the inbound supply chain. Its management - i.e. controlling all workflows, from procurement and goods receipt to the supply of production or distribution centres &ndash; still holds huge potential for optimisation, particularly in five specific areas:</p>
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- Inbound transportation</p>
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- Freight cost management</p>
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- Integrated loading dock management</p>
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- Inbound customs management</p>
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- Supply chain visibility and collaboration</p>
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The white paper provides an insight into how these areas can be optimised. It shows why companies should take control of their inbound transportation, analyse their inbound freight cost management processes, integrate their loading dock management with transport partners, as well as organise their own import processes and increase transparent and standardised collaboration on all inbound movements.</p>
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Companies who manage their inbound supply chains efficiently benefit from increased transparency across the process chain, greater control over their national and international supply chain, better capabilities for responding to unexpected disruptions, an improved quality of internal planning, higher cost efficiency and control, better information to pass along to customers, and the efficient utilisation of the capacities of service providers and carriers.</p>
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These benefits can be even more easily realised by using the right software. When choosing an IT solution, particular attention should be paid to end-to-end system integration. Managing the entire inbound process &ndash; from transport, customs, and loading dock management to complete visibility over all processes &ndash; in one system reduces and eliminates interfaces, data redundancies and the likelihood of errors while ensuring transparency, efficiency, speed, and stability. This in turn increases a company&rsquo;s competitive advantage &ndash; a major factor in today&rsquo;s fast paced, globalised markets.</p>
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The whitepaper can be downloaded free here &ndash; <strong><a href="http://www.aeb.com/uk/media/white-paper-inbound-scm.php&quot; target="_blank">www.aeb.com/uk/media/white-paper-inbound-scm.php</a></strong></p&gt;

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Jun 16, 2021

EU and US agree end to Airbus-Boeing supply chain tariffs

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Boeing
Airbus
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3 min
Supply chains embroiled in Airbus-Boeing dispute will no longer be impacted by $11.5bn tariffs imposed on food and beverage, aircraft and tobacco

The EU and US have agreed to resolve a 17-year dispute over aircraft subsidies, suspending tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of goods that have plagued procurement leaders on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Under an agreement reached by European Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Tuesday, the tariffs will be halted for a period of at least five years. 

It will bring an end to punitive and disruptive levies on supply chains that have little to do with the argument, which became embroiled in the trade battle. Businesses on both sides of the dispute have been hit with more than $3.3bn in duties since they were first imposed by the US in October 2019, according the EC. 

The US imposed charges on goods upto $7.5bn in response to a World Trade Organisation ruling that judged the EU’s support of Airbus, its biggest aircraft manufacturer, unlawful. A year later in November 2020, the EU hit back. The WTO found the US had violated trade rules in its favourable treatment of Boeing, and was hit with EU duties worth $4bn. 

In all the tariffs affected $11.5bn worth of goods, including French cheese, Scotch whisky, aircraft and machinery in Europe, and sugarcane products, handbags and tobacco in America. Procurement leaders on both sides of the fence were forced to wrestle with tariffs of 15% on aircraft and components, and 25% on non-aircraft related products. 

Boeing-Airbus dispute by the numbers  

  • The dispute began in 2004
  • Tariffs suspended for 5 years 
  • $11.5bn worth of goods affected by tariffs
  • $3.3bn in duties paid by businesses to date 
  • 15% levy on aircraft and 25% on non-aircraft goods suspended

Both sides welcome end to tariffs 

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen branded the truce a “major step” in ending what is the longest running dispute in WTO history. It began in 2004.

“I am happy to see that after intensive work between the European Commission and the US administration, our transatlantic partnership is on its way to reaching cruising speed. This shows the new spirit of cooperation between the EU and the US and that we can solve the other issues to our mutual benefit,” she added.

Both aircraft manufacturers have welcomed the news. Airbus said in a statement that it will hopefully bring to an end the “lose-lose tariffs” that are affecting industries already facing “many challenges”. Boeing added that it will “fully support the U.S. Government’s efforts to ensure that the principles in this understanding are respected”. 

The US aerospace firm added: "The understanding reached today commits the EU to addressing launch aid, and leaves in place the necessary rules to ensure that the EU and United States live up to that commitment, without requiring further WTO action."

This week’s decision expands upon a short-term tariff truce announced in March this year. The EC says it will work closely with the US to try and further resolve the dispute, establishing a Working Group on Large Civil Aircraft led by each side’s trade minister.

Airbus last month signalled to suppliers that post-pandemic recovery was on the horizon, telling them to scale up to meet a return to pre-COVID manufacturing levels. “The aviation sector is beginning to recover from the COVID-19 crisis,” said Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury, adding that suppliers should prepare for a period of intensive production “when market conditions call for it.”

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