Crossdocking - to receive, breakdown, repackage, & distribute components to a manufacturing location or finished products to customers warehouse. Today’s warehouses are more correctly referred to as distribution centers.
Land Bridges- Intermodal movements between Europe & East Asia utilize the United States as a land bridge .
Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs) secure sites in U.S. under supervision of U.S. Customs. FTZs bring goods into the site & offer storage, exporting, manufacturing, assembly, repacking, testing, & repairing services.
North American Free Trade Agreement began on January 1, 1994, & removes most barriers to trade & investment among U.S., Canada & Mexico.
Electronic Invoice Presentment & Payment- A recent development designed to create greater efficiency among companies.
Supply Chain Visibility Technologies- Time managed benefit. Consisting of planned movement of freight; immediate rates & special service fees; make orders; trace shipments; manage other elements of shipments.
Third-Party Electronic Transaction Platforms- Allow shippers & carriers to perform various transactions over the Web. These sites provide freight matching services, auctions, & on–line communities or marketplaces.
Offshore Information Technology Outsourcing- U.S. IT service providers are contracting with offshore IT providers for software development services.