The Friday Report January 25, 2019Quick wrap up of a few hot topic newsworthy stories in the supply chain logistics industry
Chinese Imports Increased Amid Threats of Tariffs
The unforeseen increase in Chinese imports to U.S. ports may indicate that some retailers moved up orders in order to insulate themselves from rising tensions and threats of additional U.S. tariffs on China. Industry experts explained that the U.S. container port peak season is typically driven by orders for goods such as electronics, clothing and toys in advance of the back-to-school season which extends from June to September as well as through the winter holiday season.
Recent industry data revealed that forward buying may have been employed as a tactic in other geographic areas as well.
XPO Logistics Introduces Augmented Reality for Last Mile Delivery of Heavy Goods
Global 3PL heavyweight XPO Logistics recently announced plans to add an augmented reality technology solution to its consumer self-service platform Ship XPO. Prior to delivery of heavy goods, consumers will be able to use the visualization technology to determine where to place items such as furniture and appliances inside the home.
DHL Breaks Ground on New Americas Innovation Center
Hoping to bolster the development of new supply chain logistics technology solutions, DHL recently broke ground in Rosemont Illinois on a new innovation center.
DHL intends to leverage the new innovation center to create a platform for research and collaboration between academia, industry partners, technology innovation experts and DHL customers in the Americas region. Eager to promote DHL’s standing as a logistics innovator, the Americas Innovation Center will help to build on a strong foundation to establish new, successful partnerships and nurture start up ventures in the region.
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