US departure from international postal agreement could affect e-commerce | Walmart to boost efficiency at robotic warehouse | Deloitte: Smart packaging has promise across sectors
October 19, 2018
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US departure from international postal agreement could affect e-commerce
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.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/18),  Transport Topics (10/18) 
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Taking a Look into Supply Chain's crystal ball—Exclusive Report
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Innovation & Efficiency
Walmart to boost efficiency at robotic warehouse
Walmart to boost efficiency at robotic warehouse
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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.
Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (10/18) 
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Deloitte: Smart packaging has promise across sectors
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.
Deloitte Insights (10/15) 
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Leadership
How to help employees prioritize what matters
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.
Khorus blog (10/18) 
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Today's leaders need to embrace uncertainty
Leaders can't eliminate uncertainty, so they must learn to navigate it by instilling a team-first approach rather than the traditional hierarchical, one-man-knows-best approach, Chris Lewis argues.
Great Leadership (10/18) 
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Regulations & Policy
Trump threatens US-Mexico border closure, discounts trade deal
Trump threatens US-Mexico border closure, discounts trade deal
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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.
Reuters (10/18),  The Hill (10/18),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/18) 
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Business Update
JD.com to debut online sales in the US via Google
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.
Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (10/18) 
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Survey: Retailers consider barring serial returners
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.
Forbes (10/18) 
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Sam's Club stores to offer Instacart delivery
Sam's Club stores to offer Instacart delivery
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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.
TechCrunch (10/18) 
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Supply chains slowly improving after Hurricane Florence
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.
Supply Chain Dive (10/18) 
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