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SGS Launches TransitNet Partnership with Eurotunnel For Frictionless Trade

Developed by SGS, TransitNet is a multilingual web portal customs transit and guarantee solution that allows companies to move their goods under Common Transit customs procedures. Carriers can issue a full transit declaration via a web interface that covers all European customs platforms. Declarations can be conducted away from the border in almost any EU/UK… Continue reading SGS Launches TransitNet Partnership with Eurotunnel For Frictionless Trade

Automotive Supply Chains Are in Trouble, But There’s a Way Forward

Recently I set out to acquire a new Ford Bronco. Ford Motor Company’s marketing department had done a masterful job at whetting the appetite for pre-orders of the vehicle, and making the launch a draw for thousands of potential buyers. But could it deliver on the wish fulfillment? In December, I received the following e-mail… Continue reading Automotive Supply Chains Are in Trouble, But There’s a Way Forward

Turkey’s Currency Crisis Stabilizes as Polyester Producer SASA Expands

SASA, a major polyester staple fiber, filament yarn and polymer manufacturer based in Adana, Turkey, is investing $330 million to expand its production capacity. The investment would lead to an expanded capacity of 367,500 tons per year. SASA said the investment is planned to be commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2023 and its annual…… Continue reading Turkey’s Currency Crisis Stabilizes as Polyester Producer SASA Expands

Digital Revolution: Fashion Supply Chain

As fashion and retail recover from the tumultuous events of 2020, a sharp focus on the fashion supply chain has emerged. And as companies retool and recalibrate, the longstanding issue of transparency is at the top of their agenda. Related Articles That’s why technology firm Avery Dennison is tackling supply chain transparency—and its new connected… Continue reading Digital Revolution: Fashion Supply Chain

Inventory levels tumble, threatening retailers' spring and summer sales

Dive Brief: The seasonally adjusted inventory-to-sales ratio dropped to 1.26 in January, the measure’s lowest level since 2012, according to the latest figures from the Census Bureau. Wholesale and manufacturing inventories remained nearly flat, changing less than 1%, compared to the same month in 2020. But retailers saw their inventory fall nearly 6% YoY in… Continue reading Inventory levels tumble, threatening retailers' spring and summer sales

AutoStore builds Innovation Hub to stress test micro-fulfillment robots

Dive Brief: AutoStore established a testing center designed to replicate a range of environmental conditions found in stores and warehouses in order to speed the deployment of automated fulfillment technology for retailers, the Norweigian robotics company announced in a press release Wednesday. The facility, in Karmøy, Norway, allows the company to determine how robots will… Continue reading AutoStore builds Innovation Hub to stress test micro-fulfillment robots

Dutch Follow Germans in Proposing Stricter Supply-Chain Law

The Dutch parliament is mulling a mandatory due diligence bill that would hold all corporations in the Netherlands accountable for human-rights and environmental abuses that occur in their supply chains, both within and outside the country. The Bill for Responsible and Sustainable International Business, which was submitted by members of four political parties last week,…… Continue reading Dutch Follow Germans in Proposing Stricter Supply-Chain Law

E-commerce boom keeps rents high in undersupplied warehouse market: CBRE

Dive Brief: E-commerce-only facilities made up more than 27% of the industrial real estate market share — more than any other industry — in the 22 largest markets in the U.S. during 2020, according to a new report emailed from CBRE. Providers of third-party logistics had the next-largest share at nearly 26%, then came general… Continue reading E-commerce boom keeps rents high in undersupplied warehouse market: CBRE

The World Is Under Strong Demand A Year After Lockdown

In this week’s roundup, learn about the world’s demand for manufactured goods, FedEx’s electric vehicles, and bottles made from recycled plastic.

Dollar General to curb logistics costs by expanding private truck fleet

Dive Brief: Dollar General is contending with continued high carrier rates and fuel costs, CFO John Garratt said during the company’s earnings call Thursday. Increased costs are also stemming from discretionary bonuses for trucking employees, as well as for workers in distribution centers, Garratt said. To help mitigate transport costs, the company plans to further expand its private… Continue reading Dollar General to curb logistics costs by expanding private truck fleet