Obtaining—and keeping—C-TPAT certification got harder last March, when the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection introduced new and stiffer standards, which apply to new applicants and current C-TPAT members alike.
Practically non-existent 25 years ago, Greece's logistics service provider industry received a boost from the elimination of customs taxes in 1993, which sent demand for warehouse space soaring. But the market for outsourced services still lags well behind the rest of the European Union.
With the country struggling with issues like war and terrorism, a record-setting deficit, and skyrocketing health care costs, transportation is not high on the national agenda. But that hasn't deterred leaders of the National Industrial Transportation League from undertaking what may prove a quixotic quest: the development of a national transportation policy.
To most everyone in the supply chain world, inventory management essentially comes down to choosing between a couple of unattractive alternatives: keeping a lot of inventory on hand to hide problems or reducing the inventory in order to expose and fix them.