May 17, 2020

The Power of Analytics, Part Two

Supply Chain Digital
MSR eCustoms
Power of Anal
Freddie Pierce
3 min
Part Two of MSR eCustomsPower's Analytics piece deals specifically with supply chain
If you haven't already, make sure to check out Supply Chain Digital's home page for Part One of this feature. By Marc Roy, VP, Global Business...

If you haven't already, make sure to check out Supply Chain Digital's home page for Part One of this feature.

By Marc Roy, VP, Global Business MSR eCustoms

In order to make operations more effective and efficient there needs to be an opportunity for data gatherers to transition to data analysts. For timely, relevant information to get to the right decision makers there is a need to move away from historical hard copy reports that are printed, set aside and left unused.

Highmark, a health and financial products and services provider, did just that when they decided it was time to fully utilize their data warehouse. Their business analysts were only capable of executing one to two reports a day using their existing infrastructure. They lacked the necessary interpretation skills to report on more than what had already occurred or why. An updated, analytic infrastructure allowed a 200-300% increase in performance, permitting the analysts to generate superior detailed reports more efficiently. In four months, their advanced operation allowed them to identify more than $8 million in potential fraudulent actions by looking at trends and anomalies in the data. Their new ability to track claims and customers allowed Highmark to reduce associated costs while improving the quality of care supplied to clients.

The Power to Predict the Future

By examining trends in data, Business Analytics has at times, taken on the appearance of a psychic.  Fortunately, forecasting actionable data doesn’t require a crystal ball, just superior analytic software.

Chico, a women’s specialty retailer put that very data into the hands of its sales force when it studied customer’s buying habits. Upon reviewing their sales history, Chico’s analysts found that typically, when a customer purchased both a jacket and a pair of paints, she would return within six weeks to buy a white shirt. By enabling their sales force with this information, Chico’s salespeople were able to suggest a white shirt to clients who were purchasing the jacket and pants combination, completing the ensemble and saving the customer an extra trip. By analyzing the relevant data, Chico was able to make a proactive, rather than reactive, decision to maximize their sales.

What Does This Mean for Global Trade Companies?

Think of the wealth of information that resides in your Global Trade data; prices paid, countries of origin, trade chain partners.  By analyzing this information there are opportunities for improvement that can save your company time and money.  There may be ability to reduce Trade Chain Partners costs such a reducing the number of brokers needed or reducing the costs at Ports of Entry. Analysis could lead to sourcing cheaper providers of raw materials or better trader routes.

The ability to identify and drive business solutions within a company is becoming a highly sought after skill. More and more corporations have come to realize the importance that Business Analytics play in multiple objectives like growth, cost management and competition. Real-time analytics, presenting up-to-date data of the business, is a vital factor many decision makers previously did not have access to and won’t want to give up once they have it.  The implementation of Business Analytics is fast becoming a necessary cost of business and a key factor in plans for success.

About MSR eCustoms

MSR eCustoms has been delivering automated and integrated international trade solutions for over 30 years, with a focus on export regulations, customs compliance, tariff management and import/export documentation.

MSR eCustoms’ new software, ACE Analytics, provides executive level decision making, actionable reports extracted from the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) trade processing system.

In addition, MSR eCustoms offers brokerage services and other customs consulting services, including support for managing domestic and international customs processes. For companies who want to maintain their competitive edge, the smart choice is to integrate eCustoms' suite of trade applications, including web-based solutions, into their existing IT infrastructure.

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Jun 16, 2021

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

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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