Entries by aglmain

The Panama Canal is thirsty. That’s a problem for ocean carriers.

Supply Chain Dive –With one of the worst droughts in history, the canal is forced to place restrictions on the amount of cargo ships can carry. The Panama Canal, and Central America more broadly, is experiencing one of the worst droughts in its recorded history. With less water, the canal is forced to place restrictions […]

Competing in a Consumer-Focused Age with an Agile Supply Chain

From a new couch to a week’s worth of groceries, shoppers can summon nearly anything to their doorstep, local store or delivery locker with just a few clicks. Some of the most significant consumer changes impacting supply chains include: Shifting demographics. While in-store purchases still dominate among shoppers of all ages, younger consumers are continuing […]

Spot Rates, Volume Declines Leave Trans-Pac Carriers One Option

JOC —With trans-Pacific eastbound spot rates falling for a third straight week, China imports declining, and time running out for a beat-the-tariff import surge, container lines have only one option to prevent the loss of peak season gains: more blank sailings. Container lines have already announced three blank sailings for June. A blank sailing occurs […]

Tariff Exclusions Portal

Please note that the office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has announced the opening of a new portal for exclusion requests related to the Trump Administration’s third tranche of Section 301 tariffs on Chinese products.  The portal is expected to open at 12pm ET, June 30. Requests for exclusion will be due through […]

A New Breed Emerges: Stores as Fulfillment Centers

Sourcing Journal – The evolution of brick-and-mortar stores in the face of the e-commerce era has seen major retailers merge the two and turn their physical locations into fulfillment centers. While some observers have questioned whether programs, like buy online, pick up in store (BOPIS) and buy online, ship to store (BOSS) are worth it given […]

List 3 Exclusions

Please be aware that the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has requested emergency approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to start collecting information for an exclusion process related to products on List 3; List 3 was originally impacted by a 10% tariff increase on September 24, 2018 and then increased to 25% […]

Improving Supply Chain ROI in a Tough Tariff Environment

After duties on $200 billion in Chinese goods jumped from 10% to 25% earlier this month, businesses barely had time to blink before receiving news of yet another tranche of tariffs. These duties would cover $325 billion in goods, hitting the price-sensitive apparel sector particularly hard and taking a significant bite out of business’ bottom […]