Category: Transportation and Logistics

FedEx Reducing U.S. Rates to Maintain Airlift and Ground Shipping Capacity

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights FedEx’s latest move to reduce rates for Air Express services for select E-Commerce retailers. The move follows last week’s announcement that FedEx would not bid to renew its Air Express services for Amazon.

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GE Appliances Announces $55 Million Investment in Smart Warehouse

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights General Electric Appliance, a Haier company, and its newly announced $55 million smart warehouse facility located in Columbus Georgia. A lot has indeed changed regarding GEA and the approach thus far appears smart in many different dimensions not the least of which is embracing how consumers and contractors expectations for products, experience and the embracing of Haier’s vision of zero virtual distance to customers.

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A Significant Week in Global Supply and Demand Network Related Developments

The Supply Chain Matters blog reports highlights of significant global supply network developments that occurred this week that should capture the attention of multi-industry supply chain leaders and their respective organizations.

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United States and Mexico Come to Terms in a Deal to Avoid Tariffs

The United States and Mexico announced that they had reached an immigration policy deal that would in-essence, ward off the imposition of a series of escalated U.S. import tariffs. While multi-industry supply chains can breathe a sigh of relief, the U.S. tariff action inserts yet more uncertainty to geopolitical tensions and a smooth ratification of the recently negotiated United States, Mexico and Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA).

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FedEx Elects to Not Renew Air Express Contract Services for Amazon

Parcel logistics and transportation provider FedEx announced today that the services firm has elected not to renew its U.S. Express service contract with online retailer Amazon. FedEx will, however, continue to serve the online retailer in domestic ground and international parcel shipment services.

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Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain Activity Reaches State of Contraction

With the bulk of May 2019 global-wide production and Supply Chain activity indices now being reported, May 2019 represented crossing the threshold to an overall level of contraction.

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Trump Administration’s Sudden Actions to Initiate Retaliatory Tariffs on Mexico Imports is Unprecedented and Concerning

President Trump indicated last night, without adequate formal warning, that he intends to impose a 5 percent tariff on all imported goods from Mexico beginning on June 10. Make no mistake, from our Supply Chain Matters lens, this latest development, without some form of rationalization has serious implications for global trade and for global based supply and customer demand networks.

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May 31 2019 Edition of This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech

The Supply Chain Matters blog features our May 31, 2019 Edition of This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech, a brief synopsis of noteworthy supply chain management focused technology news which we believe would be of specific interest to our global-based blog readership.

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Additional Blockchain Alliance Announcement in the Ocean Container Industry Segment

This week features additional news related to Blockchain technology partnerships in the global ocean container transport segment as carriers, shippers and logistics entities continue to sort out most appropriate approaches to leverage this technology. Make no mistake that the primary goal of these transportation technology pilots are to both determine proof-of-concept and business value of specific technologies, achieve industry scale, and to similarly determine added technology anchored business opportunity that comes with that.

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Retailer Target Corp Reports Impressive Q1-2019 Financial Performance

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides highlights of retailer Target Corp.’s Q1 financial performance, and how placing physical retail stores as the apex to online fulfillment and added traffic volume is delivering quantified results.

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Are Heightened U.S. and China Trade Tensions Now at the Tipping Point?

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides our readers with yet another supply chain management focused update on the now heightened implications of ongoing trade tensions among two of the globe’s three largest economies. We pose the question and the response as to whether tensions are now at the tipping point.

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