Technology buyers today are explicit in the type of solutions they need. Consequently, IT companies are making their best efforts to capture this demand with targeted applications and services.

With so much logistics technology variability, and so many solution partners to pick from, shippers need to be calculating in finding a deployment that best meets functionality and cost requirements. Inbound Logistics' annual Top 100 Logistics IT Companies is a good place to begin this process.

Selecting the Top 100 Logistics IT Companies is a measure of identifying our readers' unique challenges and technology requirements and matching them with IT companies adeptly positioned in the market and equipped with the right experience and resources.

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Spring this year brought a faint thaw in the global economic deepfreeze, as little by little slightly less negative data began to trickle out of disparate sectors.

The winners in the next lap of the economic race are likely to be those enterprises that have spentSupply & Demand Chain Executive Top 100 the recession putting in place the people, processes, technologies and partnerships necessary to meet the requirement not just of the current downturn but also of the next upswing in the business cycle.

In this year's article, we turn to the Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 to give you their best advice, and even some real-life examples, to not only help your company in the short-term, but also position your company for the inevitable growth to come.

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Gaining insight into entries is one way to improve visibility. Entry Verification allows a company to manage trade compliance data of goods from the time they leave a foreign supplier until those goods reach their destination while automating pre-entry documentation and post-entry reconciliation processes. Entry Verification solutions provide the automation tools that allow companies to manage this process and correct errors in an efficient and cost-saving manner.

Find the full list of 10 ways Entry Verification helps companies improve their global trade practices.

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International trade has never been easy. Importers and exporters have long confronted challenges created by differing national regulations, languages, and business cultures; long journeys by air, sea, and land; and mountains of documents needed to satisfy government requirements at both origin and destination.

To simplify matters, many companies have turned to global trade management (GTM) software. This software may be best known as a tool for automating time-consuming, error-prone tasks like document creation and denied-party screening. But that's just the tip of the trade management iceberg, so to speak. The software can also help users mitigate or avoid all sorts of supply chain risks.

Shipment delays are just inconvenient; they can be costly as well. A holdup in customs, for instance, can lead to product spoilage and cut into profits, says Melissa Irmen, Vice President of Products & Strategies for Integration Point, a GTM software provider. GTM software can help companies avoid holdups associated with regulatory compliance. Read more about the 3 of the risks that global trade management (GTM) technology can help importers and exporters avoid.

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It's more than just an item master. It's definitely more than just a spreadsheet. A Global Classification platform includes various and multiple forms of classification data, stores required documents, provides up-to-date trade content, and provides a centralized, web-based solution that all trade partners can access.

Having trouble selling the need for a Global Classification platform internally?

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