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The World’s Supply Chain Isn’t Ready for a Covid-19 Vaccine

Loading cargo onto an airplane

BLOOMBERG, JULY 25, 2020 Freight companies say they need a coordinated strategy fast | Air cargo capacity has shrunk and shipping costs are elevated By Brendan Murray and Riley Griffin for Bloomberg – The industries that shepherd goods around the world on ships, planes and trucks acknowledge they aren’t ready to handle the challenges of shipping an eventual Covid-19 vaccine from drugmakers to …

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Apple to remove carbon from supply chain, products by 2030

The Apple Inc. logo is seen hanging at the entrance to the Apple store on 5th Avenue in Manhattan

REUTERS, JULY 21, 2020 (Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said on Tuesday it plans to remove carbon emissions from its entire business, including its products and sprawling supply chain, over the next decade. The iPhone maker said its global corporate operations such as offices and data centers are already carbon neutral but that it will extend its effort to the …

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Massive new $220 million Walmart distribution center gives Port of Charleston boost

Warehouse shelves. Fork lifts. Merchandise

PortandTerminal.com, July 20, 2020 The massive new distribution center will be Amazon’s third-largest in America and boost near-by Port of Charleston’s container volume by 70,000 containers a year CHARLESTON, VA – Walmart has announced that it will be building its third-largest distribution center in the U.S. at an industrial park built by the Virginia State Port Authority and designed to …

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Japan to Pay at Least $536 Million for Companies to Leave China

Chinese flag. Japanese flag.

BLOOMBERG, JULY 18, 2020 BLOOMBERG NEWS – Japan’s government will start paying its companies to move factories out of China and back home or to Southeast Asia, part of a new program to secure supply chains and reduce dependence on manufacturing in China. Fifty-seven companies including privately-held facemask-maker Iris Ohyama Inc. and Sharp Corp. will receive a total of 57.4 billion yen ($536 million) …

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Red alerts in China as floods maroon equipment to fight coronavirus

Residents stranded by floodwaters line up to get on a boat to evacuate

REUTERS, JULY 17, 2020 SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Large parts of China were reeling on Friday from the worst floods in decades, as disruption mounted for supply chains, including for personal protective equipment (PPE), vital in the fight against the novel coronavirus. The central city of Wuhan and the provinces of Anhui, Jiangxi and Zhejiang declared red alerts as heavy rain …

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What Canada’s long-haul truckers are saying about their trips to the U.S. right now

Line of trucks. Cars. Sign. Bridge to USA

PortandTerminal.com, July 16, 2020 Canadian truckers who haul are warning the Canadian government to keep the border closed to non-essential visitors. This is what they’re saying. TORONTO – America’s border with its northern neighbor Canada remains closed to all but essential traffic until at least late August and possibly longer. Cargo though still needs to move across the border which makes …

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Foxconn to invest $1 billion in India to move iPhone production from China

Factory workers. Foxconn binders

PortandTerminal.com, July 11, 2020 Foxconn investing $1 billion to expand its production in India | Move comes from “a strong request from Apple.” NEW DELHI –  Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronic contract manufacturer, which assembles Apple iPhones is reportedly planning to invest up to $1 billion in India as repositions some its production. Apple has been rumored to be working on …

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How much do supply chain professionals earn? The 2020 ASCM report is out.

PortandTerminal.com, July 9, 2020 The Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) just published their third annual “Supply Chain and Career Survey Report” and it paints a very positive picture of conditions in the industry. More than 2400 supply chain professionals from the United Statesprovided their responses to the 2020 survey focused on compensation and careers in the supply chain field. …

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U.S. farmers scramble for help as COVID-19 scuttles immigrant workforce

A combine drives over stalks of soft red winter wheat

REUTERS, JULY 2, 2020 CHICAGO – The novel coronavirus delayed the arrival of seasonal immigrants who normally help harvest U.S. wheat, leaving farmers to depend on high school students, school bus drivers, laid-off oilfield workers and others to run machines that bring in the crop. As combines work their way north from the Southern Plains of Texas and Oklahoma, farmers …

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SUPPLY CHAIN: Europe Finds It’s Not So Easy to Say Goodbye to Low-Cost China

Container ship

BLOOMBERG, JUNE 30, 2020 EU seeks ‘strategic autonomy’ after pandemic exposed risks | Germany is also working on its own supply-chain strategy By Flavia Rotondi, Piotr Skolimowski, Jeannette Neumann, and Joao Lima for Bloomberg European leaders talk of shortening supply chains and curbing China’s “Belt and Road” plan. But on the ground in Italy, Gimmi Baldinini says his designer footwear company is in no …

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