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Our team takes the initiative—and the time—to listen to you and learn about you, your business, needs and challenges. Then we tailor and implement a specific portfolio of strategies and solutions designed to work for you and your business.

Industries We Serve

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Furniture

Home, Office, Campus, Hotel

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Forest Products

Logs, Lumber, Veneer, Staves

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Everything Home

Décor, Kitchenware, Accessories, Flooring, Cabinetry, Sanitaryware

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Consumer Goods

Pet Products, Toys, Giftware, Electronics, Auto Accessories and Parts

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Healthcare

PPE Supplies, Medical Equipment, Gloves, Supplements

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Fashion

Footwear, Apparel, Textiles, Accessories, Cosmetics

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Food

Organics, Canned Goods, Seafood, Spices, Rice, Sugar

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Agriculture

Seeds, Nuts, Dried Fruits, Soy, Grains, Feed

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Dairy

Lactose, Whey Products, Skimmed Milk Powder, Nonfat Dry Milk Powder, Cheese

News

What’s happening in the world affects your business. We find out the latest news and updates and share it with you here and in our weekly industry update newsletter.

Higher interest rates place spotlight on supply chain finance

Longer sales cycles, higher inventory costs and a steady drumbeat of interest rate hikes have buyers and suppliers looking to stretch capital by using supply chain finance programs. Supply chain finance is a short-term financing arrangement that speeds up the settlement of transactions between buyers and suppliers. It allows buyers to extend the payment window for purchases while suppliers get paid early. Supply chain finance allows both parties to optimize cash flow by using a financial institution’s balance sheet. “We’re seeing growing interest amongst a number of different client communities,” Michael Stitt, head of trade and supply chain finance sales at U.S. Bank (NYSE: USB), told FreightWaves. He said the rising rate environment places incremental pressure on suppliers, many of which are small and don’t always have access to inexpensive capital.

09.27.2022

Feds Trying to Make Sense of Ocean Cargo Data

An ambitious initiative taken on by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) addresses continued calls for data standardization and information sharing in ocean shipping as companies focus on making supply chains as risk-proof as possible. The FMC’s Maritime Transportation Data Initiative is being headed by commissioner Carl Bentzel, who offered the latest update on the program during Wednesday’s FMC meeting. The commissioner has spoken with ocean carriers, terminal operators, drayage trucking companies, warehouses, distribution centers, shippers, intermodal railroads and governmental bodies since the initiative launched in December.

09.26.2022

Tentative rail agreement provides medical leave for workers — but there’s a catch

The 2022 tentative national rail agreement includes some guaranteed time off for rail workers as well as the largest wage increase in nearly 50 years, according to a copy of the agreement shared with FreightWaves. SMART Transportation Division’s negotiating committee approved this tentative agreement last week unanimously, averting what could have been the first major railroad strike since 1992. The most contentious point of rail workers’ negotiations with their employers was the question of time off.

09.26.2022

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