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Increasing Latin American Competitiveness

As companies operate more internationally to meet global demands, excellence in logistics and administration in the supply chain becomes more important, playing a decisive role in competitiveness. Two challenges that can have a great impact on a company’s results are to reduce operating costs and manage inventory efficiently, without sacrificing quality of service. In this interview, Dr. Eric Porras, research professor and chair of the MBA at EGADE Business School, Santa Fe, analyzes strategies that Latin American enterprises can adopt in order to improve their logistics within the regional context. His research shows that better practices, such as making more intense use of railway transportation and logistics outsourcing can considerably improve the levels of efficiency. Dr. Porras’ research also explores the risks and challenges of sustainability that should be evaluated by the CCO or operational managers to assure that their supply chains can operate in such a highly competitive environment.