Alibaba’s Cainiao to Ink Shipping Deal with the United States Postal Service

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Report of a Building Glut of Scrap and Recycled Materials in the United States

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That challenge now extends to the flow of recycled materials emanating from the United States to other geographic regions. Controlling Supply Chain Costs Procurement and Sourcing Service-centered Supply Chains glut of scrap steel in the United States recycled materials supply chains Supply chain Matters blogOf late, Supply Chain Matters has highlighted new industry supply chain challenges related the current high value of the U.S.

An Incredible 24 Hours of Headlines Involving Transportation Related Incidents in the United States

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This past 24 hours have been incredible and noteworthy for transportation-related incident headlines within the United States. Supply Chain Disruption Transportation and Logistics BNSF crude oil train derailment crude oil train derailments in the United States independendent blog commenting on supply chain management Supply chain Matters blog Continued occurrence of severe winter storms and specifically a large and broad snow and ice storm that blanketed the U.S.

From Harvest to Bottle: Importing Wine into the United States

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In 2016, Americans consumed over 789 million gallons of wine – equating to almost 3 gallons per person 1. Wine consumption continues to increase in the U.S., challenging American wine importers to continue to import enough wine to match demand.

Breaking News- Foxconn Does Indeed Announce a Significant Investment in the United States

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As was speculated by business media this week, Foxconn, the largest global electronics contract manufacturer has indeed made its announcement regarding an initial $10 billion manufacturing investment in the U.S. Automotive Supply Chain High Tech and Consumer Electronics Supply Chain Manufacturing Strategies Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Supply Chain Strategy Foxconn supply chain Foxconn Technology investment in U.S.

Additional News Related to Foxconn’s Manufacturing Investment in the United States

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Continued reports citing informed sources indicate that global contract manufacturing and LCD manufacturing supplier Foxconn is getting closer to announcing a major investment in U.S. based manufacturing. Automotive Supply Chain High Tech and Consumer Electronics Supply Chain Manufacturing Strategies Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Apple iPhone supply chain Foxconn supply chain Supply chain Matters blog

New and More Controversial Food Labeling Requirements About to Go Into Effect in the United States

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Last week, the United States Congress passed new federal legislation related to the labeling of food ingredients, specifically food products made from genetically modified organisms (GMO’s). The new regulations are expected to be signed by President Barack Obama. These new requirements have drawn mixed perceptions among consumers as well as industry participants and will lead […].

Volkswagen Announces Expanded Investment in the United States

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Volkswagen announced today that the company plans to add a long awaited 7 passenger mid-sized SUV to the U.S.

Cross-Border Shipping Guide: The United States and Canada

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Over $52.4 billion worth of freight was moved to and from Canada in 2014 1. When shipping cross-border, it’s important to know what to expect and to be. Read more. 04/07/2015. Brokerage. Global. Supply Chain. Transportation. Cross-Border, Supply Chain, Transportation, Global , Brokerage.

Will that be automatic or semi-automatic to manage your supply chain?

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Apple & Foxconn: Financialization across the Pacific

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Research Teaching Article China Corporate Social Responsibility Globalization Supply Chain Management United StatesIt is always inspirational to find articles that, at first glance, fall out of our discipline, but, at second glance, change the way we think about supply chain phenomena. One of these articles is Froud et al. 2014): Financialization across the Pacific: Manufacturing Cost Ratios, Supply Chains and Power.

When It Comes to Trucking, the EU is Not the “United States of Europe”

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Many shippers, especially those that have grown through mergers and acquisitions, have transportation operations around the world, including the United States and the European Union. That said, “although we have the EU, Europe is not the ‘United States of Europe,’” added Eijsink.

The U.S. Postal Service Has Reached a Critical Crossroads

Supply Chain Matters

This week, the United States Postal Service (USPS) reported its financial performance for the latest quarter, and from our lens, there are distinct indications that the agency has reached a critical juncture in its ability to be a sustaining competitor and service provider to the world of online fulfillment.

Toyota and USPS See Opportunities for Blockchain Technology in Supply Chain Management

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Imagine a bitcoin being a unit of inventory and a digital wallet (“bitcoin address”) being an inventory-keeping location, such as a store, distribution center, or truck trailer.

2015 New Year’s Resolutions for the Supply Chain Industry

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Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #1 Offshoring without getting the full picture

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United States Trade Representative Releases NAFTA Negotiating Objectives

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United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today released a detailed and comprehensive summary of the negotiating objectives for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA

Investing in Manufacturing Innovation & Competitiveness: Will the next Silicon Valley be located in the United States?

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Will the next Silicon Valley be located in the United States? The top 24 metro areas for R&D produce almost three-quarters of all utility patents filed in the United States and 83 percent of R&D performed by large companies at their primary R&D locations. Twitter The post Investing in Manufacturing Innovation & Competitiveness: Will the next Silicon Valley be located in the United States?

SMAC in the Middle of Supply Chain Change – Part 3 of Kinaxis & Cognizant Series

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The Hackers Inside Your Supply Chain

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First, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report last month focused on the need for better port cybersecurity. Coast Guard officials stated that they intend to conduct such an assessment in the future, but did not provide details to show how it would address cybersecurity. Supply Chain Risk Management cyber terrorism Europol port cybersecurity port security TrapX Security United States Government Accountability Office

Online Shopping and Holiday Fulfillment are the Permanent New Norm with Many Industry Implications

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Omni-Channel Commerce Supply Chain Impacts Online Customer Fulfillment Retail Supply Chain Amazon.com Supply chain Matters blog United States Postal Service as enabler of online commerceThe 2015 holiday season winds down this week but one important trend is crystal clear at this point, more and more consumers have opted for online shopping and the dynamics related to customer fulfillment are going to change in the coming months.

Milestone Achieved- First Airbus Aircraft Produced in the U.S. Takes to the Sky

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In September of last year, we updated Supply Chain Matters readers on the official opening of the Airbus’s first-ever commercial aircraft manufacturing facility in the United States. Aerospace Supply Chain Manufacturing Strategies Product Lifecycle Management Airbus A321 supply chain Airbus manufacturing presence in the United States Airbus supply chain Supply chain Matters blog

New Developments and Potential Added Risks for Chinese Branded Subway Cars in the U.S.

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Chinese branded subway cars in the United States CSR Sifang America Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority subway car replacement supply chain implications of protectionist trade policies in the US Supply chain Matters blogIn October of 2014 we alerted Supply Chain Matters readers to a noteworthy milestone development, namely Chinese designed and branded railway cars appearing in a U.S. subway system.

Trending Transportation Updates: January 2018

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Many states were unprepared and lack the means of snow and ice removal creating gridlocks. 2018 Winter Storms Were in Full Effect. Early January was the time for snow. The East Coast was hit hard at the start of the year with snow squalls reaching as far as northern Florida. Regions around Lake Erie saw heavy snow the first week of January, with record-breaking accumulation of over 133 inches.

Parcel Shipping Dynamics are Moving Far More Quickly- Stay Informed and Seek Added Intelligence

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Breaking News- Report that General Motors to Import Chinese Produced Buick SUV

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The Wall Street Journal is today reporting (paid subscription required) that General Motors plans to become the first auto maker to import and sell Chinese produced automobiles in the United States. Automotive Supply Chain China Supply Chain Strategy Procurement and Sourcing Supply Chain Strategy Buick Envision Chinese produced autos imported into the United States General Motors Supply Chain Supply chain Matters blog supply chain strategic sourcing strategies

Pending Transportation Industry Disruption Will Require Industry Supply Chain Management Attention

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Looking back at the 2015 holiday fulfillment period, there were two significant supply chain and Omni-channel fulfillment trends that made their presence. These trends will continue to unfold in 2016 and beyond with significant implications for industry supply chains. The first was Amazon, and from a number of dimensions. As noted in our Supply Chain […].

Country of Origin Legislative Actions for Food Has Broader Industry Supply Chain Implications

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In June, The United States House of Representatives voted to repeal country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for beef, pork, and chicken and social media commentary regarding the move continues to dominate as an ongoing trending topic. The reasons are obvious- consumers demand and expect knowledge as to the specific sourcing origins of food products. Consumers are right […].

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China Railcar Producer Breaks Ground for New U.S. Plant

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The headline back then was that the State of Massachusetts Department of Transportation selected China’s […]. first Chinese railcar assembly plant in the United States independent blog analysis and insights on supply chain management Presence of Chinese companies in global supply chains replacement of subway cars for Boston Supply chain Matters blog The China Raiway Stock Corporation

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FMCSA Expands Program: Mexico Trucks in the United States

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The pilot evaluated the safety and feasibility of allowing Mexico trucks to operate within the United States. The participants from the pilot program will automatically be granted permanent authority to operate within the United States.

Where is Apple’s Commitment to U.S. Manufacturing?

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Upwards of 110,000 or considerably more additional workers are being marshalled to support production ramp-up while suppliers themselves reap the benefits of orders exceeding 100 million units. manufacturing Apple supply chain Apple''s supply chain presence in the United States independent blog commenting on supply chain management Supply chain Matters blog supply_chain_matters Wal-Mart Wal-Mart Made in USA sourcing program

Coming Soon: Increased Trade Efficiency at the United States-Mexico Border

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Details of the legislation are to be finalized in August and should help boost an already healthy trade relationship with the United States. As with most legislation in both the United States and Mexico , published law does not necessarily translate to common practice.

China on Track to Surpass U.S. as the World’s Largest Economy — What Does This Mean for Logistics?

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By one measure, China will soon take the United States’ spot as the world’s largest economy. This news was released via the United Nations’ International Comparison Program (ICP), which illustrates many changes including the Purchasing-Power Parity (PPP) of China. By Jim Serstad.

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