Entries by michelle

US allies retaliate against ‘unacceptable’ steel tariffs

Dive Brief: U.S. allies sharply criticized the country’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, promising to retaliate against a slew of U.S. products. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the tariffs “unacceptable.” Canada’s Department of Finance said it will impose C$16.6 billion (USD $12.8 billion) of tariffs on […]

Chain Reaction: Tariffs are a test of supply chain resiliency

Tariffs: A test of supply chain resiliency Faced with a June 1 deadline to officially impose the polarizing steel tariffs, President Donald Trump decided to nix the exemptions for Canada and Mexico. The 25% tariff on imported steel and 10% tariff on imported aluminum went into effect at midnight last night. The news comes right after the […]

Real-time tracking: Is it Here yet?

Real-time freight tracking systems are getting smarter by the day and beginning to gain momentum, but some believe they still have not quite arrived Real-time cargo tracking has always had its appeal. The problem has been finding a technology that could actually deliver on the aspiration. Take RFID, for instance. Initially seen by many as […]

Right to Repair: State bills ask manufacturers to open up supply chains

Legislators in eighteen states are proposing right-to-repair laws in response to rising consumer demand for access to parts and repair manuals for high-tech items. The laws, experts say, could fundamentally change how many manufacturers operate, requiring them to open their supply chain of parts, components and repair manuals to consumers and independent repair shops. Many […]

Supply chains brace for new data standards

In the age of data-rich global commerce where products can be sourced and sold anywhere, manufacturers, distributors and transportation companies here in the United States may have more exposure to foreign data regulations than they think. As the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect in the European Union on May 25, it will have wide-ranging […]

10 Things to Remember About Memorial Day

Memorial Day is much more than just a three-day weekend and a chance to get the year’s first sunburn. Here’s a handy 10-pack of facts to give the holiday some perspective. 1. IT STARTED WITH THE CIVIL WAR. • In 1864, women from Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, put flowers on the graves of their dead from the […]

Blockchain in Supply Chain Alliance will focus on procurement, warehousing

Dive Brief: The Blockchain in Supply Chain Alliance (BiSCA), an offshoot of the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA), was announced at the Blockchain in Transport Spring Symposium Monday, FreightWaves reported. The new alliance will focus on planning, procurement, transportation and warehousing, with some overlap with BiTA, whose members include prominent 3PLs like UPS and FedEx. The […]

Port of Long Beach invests in supply chain education

Dive Brief: The Port of Long Beach awarded more than $54,000 in scholarships to college and high school students from the local community who are interested in pursuing careers in international trade and the goods movement industry, according to a press release from the port. At an event last week, officials also announced recipients of the […]

Return on ‘Integrity’: The next performance metric?

In this era of data analytics, almost all decisions are the result of a digital solution of some sort. The same goes for supply chain management, a function that has embraced many levels and types of technology necessary to analyze and choreograph the global shipment of parts and products. Pivot tables and regression analysis can […]

Making sense from the noise for the future of logistics

The Automotive Supply Chain and Logistics 2018 report, from Automotive Logistics and Ti, will help manufacturers and service providers navigate the technological and market requirements reshaping the supply chain Convergence between the automotive and high-tech sectors isn’t a theory or prediction any more. Vehicles are as connected as smartphones, programmed with millions more lines of […]