US companies are divided on the impact a US withdrawal from the Universal Postal Union could mean for business, though e-commerce firms such as Amazon and shippers UPS and FedEx could benefit from eliminating the subsidies. The White House said it will exit the union if highly subsidized foreign rate regulations aren't removed.
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Walmart will build a high-tech grocery warehouse in California that will move products 40% faster than its existing facilities, the company said. The warehouse, set to open in 2020, will use robotics and automation technology to improve both speed and efficiency.
The use of smart packaging is in its infancy, but industry leaders are turning toward three key applications: inventory, product integrity and user experience, according to a study from Deloitte. "Producers, which include packagers, material producers, and technology providers, stand to gain by designing and/or manufacturing all or part of the solutions," write Mike Armstrong, Francesco Fazio, Daniel Herrmann and David Duckworth.
Employees who are eager to please often take on too much work, which is all the more reason for CEOs and other leaders to establish clear goals for their teams, writes Joel Trammell, CEO of Black Box Network Services. "Once an employee truly understands the mission and strategy, he or she has a powerful sorting tool for incoming requests," he writes.
The US will use its military to close the southern border if Mexico does not stop the flow of migrants from Central America into the country, said President Donald Trump via Twitter today. "The assault on our country at our Southern Border, including the Criminal elements and DRUGS pouring in, is far more important to me, as President, than Trade or the USMCA," he wrote.
JD.com will create a US online store on the shopping platforms of Google, which invested $550 million in the Chinese e-commerce company this year. JD.com sells its goods in the US through Walmart, which is a key investor.
About 42% of US retailers surveyed reported a rise in serial returners over the past year, and around three-fifths said they would ban frequent returners from shopping on their sites, according to a survey from Brightpearl. Earlier this year, Amazon said it was considering banning shoppers who made too many returns.
Walmart-owned Sam's Club will offer online shopping and delivery via Instacart from half its US stores by the end of October, the companies said. The deal, which represents an expansion of Walmart's partnership with Instacart, will also allow nonmembers to shop online at Sam's Club.
Hurricane Florence caused an estimated $38 billion worth of damage across the Southern US when it made landfall a month ago, and supply chains are slowly getting back on track. Because the hurricane made landfall and remained in the region longer than normal, infrastructure damage and destruction from flooding was more significant, requiring drivers to find new routes to make deliveries.
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