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Global Supply Chain Management by Matt Drake

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Chapter 4

Global Transportation and Distribution

Contrary to what some media pundits may think, the United States does, in fact, export billions of dollars’ worth of goods and services each year. Organizations that want to establish markets abroad for their products and services face as many challenges as those that wish to purchase materials and components from foreign suppliers. Some of these challenges are similar to those of global sourcing, including long lead times, exchange-rate risk, cultural differences, and labyrinthine customs and border procedures. Some, on the other hand, are unique to international distribution, such as designing and marketing products for foreign markets and distributing products in regions with substandard infrastructure. ...

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