The Friday Report Blog: March 1st, 2024

Quick wrap up of a few hot topic newsworthy stories in the supply chain logistics industry

Target Launches New Membership Program for Same-day Delivery and Free Shipping

Target Corp. is stepping up its game in the competitive retail sector by launching Target Circle 360, a new paid membership initiative designed to offer exceptional value and convenience to its customers. Set to launch on April 7, the membership program is priced at an enticing promotional rate of $49 annually until May 18, after which it will become $99 annually for those without a Target credit or debit card.

Target Circle 360 aims to enhance shopping experiences by offering unlimited free same-day delivery on orders over $35 and free two-day shipping on purchases from This premium tier builds on the success of the free-to-join Target Circle loyalty program, with added perks for members, including exclusive discounts and experiences.

As Target ventures into the realm of paid memberships, it joins the ranks of major retailers like Amazon and Walmart, aiming to foster customer loyalty and encourage increased spending across both online and in-store platforms.

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Navigating the Shift: SEC’s New Path on Climate Disclosures

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has refined its approach to climate disclosure rules, focusing on enhancing transparency for investors regarding the financial impacts of climate risks on companies. The final rule, which was voted on recently, has streamlined requirements by excluding scope 3 emissions reporting and simplifying scope 1 and 2 emissions reporting for public companies. This adjustment is in response to feedback on the cost and reliability of scope 3 data, aiming to balance the need for investor information with the compliance burden on companies.

Under this new mandate, large accelerated filers and accelerated filers are to gradually introduce scope 1 and 2 emissions disclosures, initially requiring a materiality assessment to identify their relevance to investors. This phased approach is designed to give companies adequate time to adapt, with initial reporting for large filers starting in the fiscal year 2026 and for accelerated filers in 2028.

This move aligns with the SEC’s ongoing effort to offer investors consistent and meaningful data on climate-related risks, underscoring the increasing importance of such disclosures in understanding a company’s performance and long-term financial health. The SEC anticipates

that this rule will apply to a significant number of domestic and foreign companies, ensuring a wide-reaching impact on improving climate risk disclosures while also considering the diverse regulatory landscapes across states and globally.

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ONE to Unveil Groundbreaking 2025 Network Plans

Ocean Network Express (ONE) is gearing up for a pivotal reveal next month, with plans to unveil innovative network solutions and products set for 2025, as announced by CEO Jeremy Nixon at the TPM24 event by S&P Global in Long Beach, California. Exciting developments include the revival of its PN3 service from Asia to North America, responding to evolving market demands.

Despite suspending this service in October 2023, ONE remains committed to its extensive service loops across the Pacific Northwest, Pacific Southwest, U.S. East Coast, and Gulf regions, with continued coverage in key Asian and Indian subcontinent locations. Enhancements to these services will be supported by ONE’s acquisition of three new terminals in Los Angeles and Oakland over the past year, aiming for optimized routing and connectivity.

Amidst the maritime industry’s shifting alliance structures, Nixon hints at the future formation of four major consortia, signaling a strategic reconfiguration of global shipping collaborations and enhancing service offerings for global trade routes.

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