Trump says U.S.-China trade deal could be pushed off until after 2020 election

While the topic of tariffs and United States-China trade tension tends to generate some sort of response from supply chain stakeholders, the ones most heard tend to be common refrains along the lines of “what now?,” “OK…,” or “we will have to wait and see,” among others. But a new one can now be added to that list, with President Trump saying this week at the NATO meetings in London that there is a possibility a trade deal with China...

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Holiday-season volume projections continue to impress

With Thanksgiving now less than a week away (wow), it now means that we, as consumers, can start thinking about shopping and making sure we have our gift lists ready so we are fully prepared to hit the ground running, whether it is at the physical mall or the online one. But just because we are now thinking about the holidays does not, by any stretch, mean that large players, specifically in the parcel space, have not been thinking about...

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Report highlights Google’s increasing focus on logistics

While global e-commerce giant Amazon, for good reason, receives more than its fair share of headlines for its ongoing initiatives to expand its logistics presence into a key service offering and competitive differentiator, it is not entirely alone as a large global ubiquitous player making noticeable strides in the logistics sector, at least not yet. In fact, according to a recent CNBC report, another household name may be ready to take a deep logistics plunge as well. There is a...

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For UPS and FedEx holiday service guarantees, it appears all things are even

With Peak Season top of mind for many supply chain stakeholders this time of year, it comes as no surprise that a lot of attention gets paid to how the parcel duopoly of UPS and FedEx approaches things. And that comes with good reason, considering how interconnected they each are to the many moving parts of the holiday-, or peak-focused holiday season rush. Source: logistics Mgmt

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Peak Season planning is a year-round process, says DHL eCommerce

Depending on your home base, this time of the year is ideal for the fall foliage especially here in the Northeast. For many people, seeing the changing of the leaves’ colors could be viewed as a top priority, or focus. But for those in the logistics world, the focus, at this time of year, is, and continues to be, a focus on peak season planning. That was made clear in a media briefing hosted this week by DHL eCommerce Solutions,...

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Lowest manufacturing output in more than ten years looms as a major economic concern

With the key September ISM manufacturing reading, known as the PMI, issued yesterday by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) coming in at its lowest level in more than ten years, it stands to reason there is a fair amount of concern, as this index is followed closely by myriad supply chain stakeholders. And that comes with good reason, too, considering that the when the PMI is at a healthy level, a reading of 50 or higher indicates growth is...

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Large order of electric delivery vehicles serves as latest example of Amazon raising the stakes

Amazon recently announced that as part of its commitment to net zero carbon by 2040 and 100% renewable energy by 2030 as part of what it called The Climate Pledge, whose objective is to meet the Paris Agreement ten years ahead of schedule by 2040, it has ordered 100,000 electric delivery vehicles, which it said represents the “largest order ever for electric delivery vehicles.” Source: logistics Mgmt

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