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Archive for October, 2013

Cross-Cultural Communications in Different Countries

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

With the globalization of the world economy, organizations, especially multinational companies are culturally diverse in their formation of the workplace and in handling all types of business activities. The culturally diversified workplace has brought great vitality to the enterprise, as well as the challenge. Therefore, the world becomes increasingly complex. One factor of this complexity is the mixing of different cultures, languages and faiths, religions. Thus, cross-cultural communication is playing a more and more important role in the business world.

It is important for effective communication between colleagues and co-workers, managers and executives, managers and staff from different cultural backgrounds. It also ensures a group of people working harmoniously, and business conducting successfully. It is believed that the most successful company in the global region will be companies whose employees not only understand world economy and global competition, but also have the ability to communicate effectively with international partner. Entrepreneurs today are facing many problems in their cross-cultural communication. Thus, how to achieve effective cross-cultural business communication is becoming increasingly more important.

This thesis claimed that cultural conflicts arising from cultural differences have become a major obstacle to the success of cross-cultural business communication. In accordance with the methods and achievements discovered by prior experts and scholars, this thesis analyzes the cultural differences based on the following four points: difference in verbal communication; difference in nonverbal communication; difference in social values; difference in social customs. Finally, by the study of cultural differences and business communication, some suggestions are made on how to promote effective cross-cultural business communication. They are establishing mutual respect and understanding, enhancing multi-cultural awareness, improving business communication competence.

Cross-cultural communication is an exciting field and everyone should accept the idea that each kind of culture can actually contribute its share to the way we think about the world. It is expected that through this thesis everyone can realize the significance of cross-cultural business communication and show their respect to every culture and try to avoid cultural conflict. If we all have good knowledge of cross-cultural business communication, we can surely make a win-win game in international business stage. At last, everyone who has encountered cultural shock or paid great attention to this research field should contribute his or her share to broader understanding of it.

Third Party Logistics (3PL) Companies

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Third party logistics (3PL) companies are a becoming an important part of today’s supply chain. These companies offer services that can allow businesses to outsource part of all of their supply chain management function. This is a opportunity to have logistics experts look at your specific outsourcing challenges and needs, and give you free, no-obligation advice, solutions, and information specific to your request. It is a firm that provides multiple logistics services for use by customers. Preferably, these services are integrated, or “bundled” together, by the provider. Among the services 3PLs provide Transloading, warehousing, trucking, fulfillment, drayage, bulk transloading, cross dock, shipping, order fulfillment and freight forwarding.”Blackhawk Logistics provides a one-stop value added logistics solution. Deciding to a use a third party logistics company is a decision that depends on a variety of factors that differ from business to business. The decision to outsource certain business functions will depend on the company’s plans; future objectives, product lines, expansion, acquisitions, etc.

Once a decision has been made to outsource certain processes then a company will begin a search for the right 3PL that fits all their requirements at the best possible price. Asset based third party logistics companies use their own trucks, warehouses and personnel to operate their business. Management based companies provide the technological and managerial functions to operate the logistics functions of their clients, but do so using the assets of other companies and do not necessarily own any assets. The third category, Integrated Providers, can either be asset based or management based companies that supplement their services with whatever services are needed by their clients.

When selecting a 3PL, the request for information (RFI) or quotation (RFQ) should be as detailed as possible. The company that is selected should be able to fulfill all the logistics requirements and that can only be assured if every requirement is communicated to potential companies. The RFI should include a detailed description of the areas to be outsourced. As The scope of the contract, including locations, facilities, departments. And Information on volumes involved; number of deliveries, warehouse sizes, number of items, etc.