This Week in Supply Chain [Roundup]


Hey, we know you are busy. We also know you want to want to be aware of everything happening in the supply chain industry. This is the spot for you. A weekly roundup so you are updated in one minute.

1. ELD effects ripple far beyond trucking — to air cargo

Trucking, of course, has been the mode most affected by the regulation, but the effects have spiraled into ocean shipping, intermodal and air freight, causing delays, bottlenecks and rate increases as shippers look for ways to meet customer needs.

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2. Trump tariff war with China sends U.S. retailers on buying binge

The buying binge is evident in recent data from the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates, which show imports at major U.S. retail container ports surged 13.6 percent to a record 2.04 million containers in October. This helped push the U.S. trade deficit with China to a record high. The U.S. and China have since agreed to a 90-day trade war truce until March 2, but supply chain firms and vendors said this has not slowed buying or forward orders because the tariffs could still be hiked.

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3. 2M, THE Alliance announce network changes

Two of the major container shipping alliances — the 2M Alliance of Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Co., as well as THE Alliance of Hapag-Lloyd, Ocean Network Express and Yang Ming — announced this week changes to their services they will make in 2019. Ocean carriers say moves will provide more efficient transits and increased reliability.

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4. Supply Chain Solutions Year-In-Review

2018 was a huge year for Supply Chain Solutions – not only for our team but for our amazing customers who build their businesses with us. Take a look at everything we have done in 2018 and learn how we can keep creating business value to you.

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5. Supply Chain Free Resources 

Have you checked any of our resources created especially for you this year? We had e-books explaining everything about the new tariffs, strategies to mitigate costs, a case study on how we reduced transportation costs by a lot, and more!

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