Three-part series provides advice on how to optimize global supply chain management

Canadian businesses looking for ways to broaden or streamline their import/export practices will be getting some advice from one of the foremost experts of global logistics this summer.

Beginning Tuesday, June 7, UPS Canada will launch a bi-weekly, three-part podcast series covering some of the most pressing issues in today's world of global logistics and supply chain management. The series provides support to businesses looking to better their current practices.

The podcasts will feature experts from Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters and UPS Canada who will share up-to-date trends in global logistics and advice on how best to cope with some of the most common challenges.

"Managing a supply chain today is a complex process and many businesses are unsure of how to get started, or they're already engaged in it but are not maximizing their potential," said UPS Canada President Mike Tierney. "These podcasts are designed to provide insight from the experts on how Canadian businesses can streamline processes and make global trade a much easier and more profitable aspect of their business."

The segments will be hosted on UPS's website.

Following is a list of topics and synopses of the podcasts:

Re-setting Sights: How to strategically diversify trade beyond the NAFTA zone

Broadcast date: June 7, 2011

The recession in the U.S. is forcing many Canadian businesses to revisit their export targets toward a more diversified strategy. While the strength of the loonie might make export challenging, there are emerging markets in which Canadian goods are wanted and welcomed.

The UPS Podcast Series for Small Business speaks to Jean-Michel Laurin, vice-president of Global Business Policy for Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, to examine the best markets to explore in 2011 and which to avoid. Listeners will learn not only the who's who of today's international trade markets, but also how best to engage them.

Invisible Infrastructure: How to go global without infinite investmen

Broadcast date: June 21, 2011

Going global might seem daunting, especially to smaller businesses with few employees whose resources are fairly limited. The investment into going global seems ominous — planes, trains, cargo, customs and exchange rates. These terms alone scare off most entrepreneurs. But today's technology makes going global much less complex than it's perceived to be.

Join Wayne Bosch, vice-president of Customer Solutions for UPS Canada, for a discussion on advancements in international supply chain infrastructure that can open up new worlds to Canada's small businesses and allow them to take advantage of global opportunities that will put them on a level playing field with competitors in emerging markets, including China and India.

Supply Chain Contingency Planning: How to avoid broken chain links

Broadcast date: July 5, 2011

Japan's recent disaster was an eye-opening moment for many international companies that rely on Japan as a key link in their supply chain. For some businesses, the disaster wreaked havoc on their supply chains and forced their operations to halt until they could develop a contingency plan; for others it was a minor disruption. Why did the effects of the disaster vary so greatly? What did those for whom the disaster was a minor disruption do in advance to prepare for this unexpected event?

Join Jim Ramsay, vice-president of Global Freight Forwarding for UPS Canada, for a discussion on supply chain contingency planning. Listeners will learn how to identify high-risk supply chain routes, prospective alternatives, and the costs/benefits of maintaining back-up supply chain links.