BSI SERVES A VARIETY OF TECHNICAL SERVICE PROVIDERS, INCLUDING:
- Specialists (e.g., Downhole Monitoring)
- Transport Carriers (ocean, rail, tanker, etc.)
- Bulk Ports & Terminals
- Third Party Logistics Providers
- Maintenance Suppliers
- Training Companies
OUR CORE SERVICES AND SOLUTIONS INCLUDE:
VALUE CHAIN ENGINEERING
A proven service that maximizes Return on Invested Capital at the Category level by exploiting lower-cost sources, alternative channels, substitute components, more cost-efficient design parameters, and optimized bundling and pricing schemes
BID PACKAGE AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT
A proven, 16-step program at the Supplier level for ensuring winning bids and growing revenues
SUPPLY CONTRACT NEGOTIATION
Hands-on negotiating at the Supplier and Contract level, supported by proprietary analytical tools and industry experience to reduce the cost of high-value equipment and services
In addition to our core solutions, we offer:
FEATURED BSI ARTICLES ON EQUIPMENT AND SERVICE PROVIDERS
Governance, Risk & Compliance
Logistics SectorShippers must comply with government-imposed import and export regulations. Governments impose many regulations on carriers that shippers may not be aware of. This chapter from the Governance, Risk and Compliance Handbook, written by David Jacoby, President of Boston Strategies International, highlights significant regulations faced by shippers and carriers.
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Visibility and the Role of Government in Container Security
Despite technological advancements, container security is still a critical area of vulnerability. In addition to explosion and contaimination, containers can be abused in other ways, for example to facilitate money laundering or schemes to dis-assemble and re-assemble components of prohibited and dangerous cargoes. What precautions should shippers take to keep your cargo safe and your company out of trouble? What regulations should government policy-makers enact to improve container security? This article examines the policy issues inherent in safeguarding the security of global shipments.Please click here for the article.
Registering and Transporting Hazardous Substances
November 2010 was the first major deadline for registration of chemical substances affected by the European program “Registration, Evaluation, and Authorisation of Chemicals” (REACH). The US Department of Transportation’s Final Rule 76 FR 3308, which took effect in January, also made several important changes and reclassifications of hazardous materials. Are you compliant? Read this article for tips for complying with New European and American Legislation on Registering and Transporting Hazardous Substances.Click here to download the article.
Ports and Infrastructure Development: Integrating Supply Chain Benefits into the Economic Analysis of Freight Investments
While the research literature and the number of model applications is fairly robust with respect to transportation and economic impact models, data and methodologies to model the supply chain linkage between transportation effects and broader economic impacts is relatively sparse. This presentation identifies the key sources of supply chain program benefits derived by companies that move goods. It also provides preliminary estimates of the supply chain and logistics benefits to industries from improvements to the freight transportation system.
Presented to Technology & Economic Development Conference.
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Trade, Traffic and Rate Forecasting: 2011 Container and Intermodal Freight Rate Outlook for Trades to and from North America
Although West coast container imports were up 5-10% for 2010 and export trade was up 10-15%, US trade will grow at only 4.4% in 2011. This article explains why, after rates fall a bit further, carriers will seek rate increases and manage vessel capacity in order to at least hold rates, on average, at current levels for most of the year.
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Intermodal Integration: Responding to Market Needs
Global markets have no tolerance for delays, disconnects, or mistakes. Intermodal linkages are often examples of these problems because the problems and gaps between their different networks and approaches come together in high relief. For this reason, shining a spotlight on intermodal connections can reveal waste and inefficiencies that extend throughout the supply chain.
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Third Party Logistics: 10 Tips for Selecting a Carrier or 3PL
Many people think of carrier selection as a paper-pushing exercise involving three bids and a spreadsheet. Taking this approach may result in sub-optimize bid responses and a foregone opportunity to leverage supply chain management to your company’s competitive advantage. Depending on the complexity of the network and the importance of the decision, you may want to consider some or all of these 10 steps.Click here to download the article.
Systems selection and integration: Best solutions in SCM
The high and volatile cost of fuel, labor shortages, capacity constraints have caused transport rates to increase – a pain point for most shippers. What can shippers do to minimize the effect on their budgets? Transportation optimization software is a relatively quick way to identify and embed long-term savings in a transportation network. But buyers need to choose the solutions and the providers carefully to ensure the return on investment and userfriendliness.Click here to download the article.
Logistics Rate Outlook
Where will transport rates go in 2008, 2009 and 2010? Logistics Management magazine’s editor interviews a panel of experts. Boston Strategies International’s President, David Jacoby, shares some analysis of ocean and non-US freight rates, while modal specialists offer opinions and advice on the US domestic express, rail, and truck markets.Please click here for the 2008 article.
Please click here for the 2009 article.
Please click here for the 2010 article.
2010 Mid-year Rate Outlook: Paying a Premium
In the earlier stages of the downward economic trend of the past two years, analysts were initially reluctant to use the dreaded “R-word.” But now it seems as if they’re equally wary about using another “R-word,” but this time it’s “recovery.”Click here for free download.
The Bullwhip Effect in Global Trade – This is One Wild Bull
The financial sector is worse condition than it was in the 1930s. Nine percent of US bank loans are likely to fail – more than failed in the Great Depression, and this will take two or three years to rectify and result in a 7.5% loss of total asset value. What does this all mean for supply chain managers?Click here for free download.
How Long Will the East-West Trade Imbalance Last?
The East-West trade imbalance has cooled off since the US dollar has devalued. Is the change permanent? That depends on a variety of factors, but all parties must have an understanding of the Asian sourcing boom in order to make wise decisions and investments.Click here to download this article.
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