Entries by michelle

US-China trade talks resume in Washington

Dive Brief: The U.S. and China will hold additional rounds of trade talks this week in Washington, the White House announced Monday. “Deputy-level meetings” begin Tuesday, the White House said, led by Deputy United States Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish. The U.S. will hold “principal-level meetings” starting Thursday. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will lead those talks, which will also […]

U.S. Retailers Bracing for BREXIT

Top of mind for U.S. shippers doing business in the EU will be the current state of BREXIT. Theresa May will update Members of Parliament on Tuesday about recent Brexit talks as she continues to seek support for her deal. As the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) prepares for its annual Retail Supply Chain Conferencelater this month much […]

John Dingell’s devotion to the auto industry came with a price

John Dingell was a staunch defender of the auto industry, a statement that perhaps undersells the impact of a man credited with helping save the industry during its darkest days. As the longest-serving member of Congress, Dingell, who died Thursday, had a role in shaping American life through legislative efforts involving health care, the environment and civil rights, but as […]

Retail imports strong ahead of possible tariff hikes

Dive Brief: U.S. retail container imports were up 8.8% in December over November — down from the peak last fall but still higher than normal — as the tariff increase on goods from China looms, according to the latest Global Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates. Overall, 2018 experienced a record […]

Georgia’s ports extend their role for carmakers

The linked ports of Brunswick and Savannah in Georgia, in the south-east US, are playing a growing role in the supply chain of North America’s leading vehicle manufacturers, delegates at the Georgia Foreign Trade Conference were told recently. Speaking at the event, Kia announced it was to start dispatching its new, eight-person Telluride SUV from the port […]

Trump, Xi won’t meet before March 1 tariff deadline

Dive Brief: President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House Thursday he would not meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping before the March 1 deadline, after which 10% tariffs are set to rise to 25%. Trump said previously he would meet Xi in February. When asked by reporters if he planned to meet with Xi next month, […]

Supplier cyber risk concerns auto industry

Dive Brief: In a new study by Synopsys and SAE International, 73% of respondents expressed concern about the cybersecurity of third-party providers, yet only 44% said their organization imposes cybersecurity requirements for products from upstream providers. Securing the Modern Vehicle: A Study of Automotive Industry Cybersecurity Practices also found 30% of organizations don’t have an established cybersecurity program […]

Mercedes-Benz Cars seeks to strengthen its supply chain

Mercedes-Benz Cars has said it is advancing its ‘Case’ (connectivity, autonomous, shared & services, and electric) strategy by making its supplier network more international and flexible, and placing greater emphasis on localisation. In addition to expanding its 2,000-strong global network of suppliers, the German OEM is pursuing a policy of sourcing parts wherever its vehicles are produced, […]

The Emerging Business of Supply Chain Risk Management

For many organizations, globalization, outsourcing, and extended supply chains are effective strategies to increase efficiency and achieve economies of scale, however, these benefits are accompanied by the significantly increased risk to quality, safety, business continuity, reputation, and more. As reported by Forbes, there’s an emerging category of business – supply chain risk management – of which […]