In Depth: Global Supply Chain  Making Global Supply Chains Work

For many supply and demand chain practitioners, globalization isn't a newfound political issue; it's a reality they've been contending with for years. As companies have sought to lower their costs and expand their markets by taking a more international...


With as much as 95 percent of the company's business already running through TradeCard, Roy says that Wolverine is not likely to bring the remaining 75 or so suppliers that make up the remainder of its business onto the TradeCard system because they are niche producers, agents or factories in countries, such as Brazil, where for various reasons Wolverine prefers to continue operating under the letter of credit.

Overall, Roy says that using the online system not only has helped Wolverine grow its business while holding the line on administrative costs but also made the company more agile. "It's allowed us to be a little savvier in terms of doing business in today's environment, quicker, more efficient," he concludes.

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