CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Global
January 24, 2020

Manufacturing slows in Asia as Chinese New Year begins Friday

Logistics operations build up extra inventory as calendar flips to Year of the Rat, Dachser says.

Wanted: Supply chain innovators

$750,000 global competition seeks experts to develop solutions to supply chain problems associated with artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) worldwide.

Container volumes expected to return to seasonal patterns in 2020 after tariff surges

Facing trade war uncertainty in 2019, traders had rushed imports and exports in recent months, NRF and Hackett report finds.

Maritime container rates hit all-time high, Drewry says

Spot container freight rates post 15.1% percent rise this week, remain far above five-year average.

Businesses wary of Amazon expansion, tight labor market in 2020

Shippers could see rising costs from parcel carriers, human resources investments, experts say.

North American transborder freight flow plunged 3.3% in October

Combined imports and exports to both Canada and Mexico post biggest drop in 24 months and fourth decline in past six months, government says.

Port of Los Angeles forges cooperation agreement with Indonesia

Partners will share data, plan infrastructure development in pushback against uncertainty of tariff changes and USMCA treaty.

Industry praises efforts to move USMCA forward

Retailers, truckers hopeful as the renegotiated trade deal with Canada and Mexico moves ahead following lawmakers' compromise agreement this week.

Robotics growth goes mobile

Of the 8 million robots forecast to be shipped in 2030, nearly 6 million will be mobile, researcher says.

Report: global "connectedness" index dipped in 2018 under pressures of trade turmoil

DHL and NYU researchers say the slump could have been worse, as most economies stayed resilient, and the world is less globalized than many people think.

CSCMP offers certifications in Saudi Arabia through new partnership

Deal with the University of Business and Technology to meet management demand in Jeddah logistics zone.

Cargo thieves target containers rushed into U.S. ahead of threatened tariffs

Glut of containerized freight is often stored under lax security, unsecured parking, Sensitech says.

International trade community struggles to deal with tariff revisions

Keeping up with quickly fluctuating tariffs and trade policies requires good communication and the ability to act on short notice, according to speakers at the 2019 Northeast Cargo Symposium.

U.S.-China trade expert: Don't expect resolution of trade dispute any time soon

Each country's policymakers think they can take minor steps now and then wait the other one out, Albright Stonebridge Group's Amy P. Celico tells New England trade group.

CPO Survey: Economic, political risks top agenda

Chief procurement officers say they will cut costs to fight slowing economy and trade threats, Deloitte study shows.

82% of small businesses say global trade drives economic growth

Participating in international trade helps improve the economy and create American jobs, FedEx survey of U.S. small-businesses shows.

Maritime sulfur cap could crimp container port volumes

IMO 2020 emissions cap to have unknown impact on container lines, international shippers, Drewry says.

Kuehne + Nagel pledges less-than-container-load shipments to be carbon-neutral by 2020

Move comes alongside renewable energy and reforestation programs from logistics giants IKEA, Amazon.

Supply chain lessons from a small business: going beyond the product

A trip to visit a small retailer in Mexico revealed insights about customer experience that supply chain professionals at companies of all sizes should take to heart.

3 ways leading brands elevate their supply chain to win mind and wallet share

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