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S&P: 10% list 4 tariffs more damaging than previous 3

Dive Brief: The impending 10% tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese imports, set to go into effect Sept. 1, would be more damaging than the previous three tranches because it includes more intermediary and finished goods, according to a report from S&P Global emailed to Supply Chain Dive. As a result, S&P expects major firms, including […]

Tariff whiplash is already taking a toll on retail

Retailers and brands have been scrambling to source elsewhere besides China, but it’s not easy, quick or even possible for everyone. Welcome to the era of trade chaos for retail. Beginning in May, retailers lived with the official reality that a huge swatch of Chinese goods — known as “tranche four” and covering pretty much everything that […]

10% China tariffs and the supply chain scramble

The tariffs will come as importers ramp up shipments for peak season, creating the potential to disrupt global supply chains and trade flows for the remainder of the year. The 10% tariffs announced Thursday in a four-part series of presidential tweets sent U.S. importers into what Sue Welch described as a “scramble.” “It’s really hard to plan […]

Trump: US to impose 10% tariffs on $300B in Chinese goods

UPDATE: Aug. 2, 2019: Trump told reporters outside the White House Thursday negotiators from the U.S. and China would meet again in early September. He said the reason for the Sept. 1 tariff implementation date was not to allow negotiation time, but rather because “it takes a long time for the ships to come over.” Trump also alluded […]

Analysis: One-third of Class 8 truck miles are driven empty

Dive Brief: The number of miles trucks drive empty is widely underestimated, according to an analysis from trucking startup Convoy, due to a lack of measurement standards and natural human biases. While industry estimates are typically around 20% for empty miles, according to Aaron Terrazas, director of economic research at Convoy, the figure is closer to 33%. […]

Rail service is at an all-time low, shippers tell House committee

Dive Brief: Precision-scheduled railroading (PSR) is driving discord between railroads and their customers, a roundtable of rail shippers told the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Thursday. Reduced headcount, service changes without notice, fewer yards in operation, insufficient locomotives, increased demurrage and accessorial charges — all on top of higher rates, drove […]

Toyota looks to develop ways to disaster-proof its supply chains

Toyota Motor Corp. has been applying its kaizen (continuous improvement) principle to the management of its parts suppliers so that it can maintain or swiftly resume production in the event of natural disasters. As it took the firm weeks to confirm the damage to its suppliers following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, forcing it to reduce […]

ICL Celebrates the RSVP Rail System Launch

ICL Systems is proud to announce the launch our latest supply chain visibility product: RSVP Rail RSVP was adapted from the rail modules of ICL’s VLMS (Vehicle Logistics Management System). The RSVP track and trace module comes loaded with features, such as: Total track and trace visibility for railcars, including current shipments and completed shipments. […]

All Aboard America’s Oldest Operating Railroad

RONKS, PENNSYLVANIA – Coal-fired steam train number 90 takes off on the Strasburg Rail Road, spewing black smoke as its big wheels turn and clank on the tracks. The powerful locomotive, built in 1924, pulls old fashioned wooden passenger cars, as it takes tourists on a 45 minute ride through tranquil farms in Lancaster County, […]