Happy New Year From Ascent Global Logistics!
Our team wishes you a safe and relaxing New Year! Please note that all Ascent Global Logistics locations will be closed on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 in observance of New Year’s Day. If you have specific questions regarding holiday hours, please contact your local Ascent Global Logistics team.
Domestic Freight Management
Ascent Global Logistics Announces Annette Luyten As Senior Vice President Of Operations For Agent Network
Ascent Global Logistics has announced that Annette Luyten has joined its team as Senior Vice President of Operations for its Agent Network within their Domestic Freight Management group. This new senior leadership position will be devoted to providing state-of-the-art technology and back office support to independent brokerage agents. See more here.
Improve Your Odds At Winning The Promotional Product Shipping Game
In a time where domestic shippers face capacity issues and driver shortages, it is important that you re-evaluate your promotional product shipment strategy. Fortunately, Ascent Global Logistics will be attending the PPAI Expo 2019 in Las Vegas, NV from January 13-17, 2019. See more here.
International Freight Forwarding
CBP Still Operating During US Government Shutdown
Please note that US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will continue to ensure ports are staffed amidst the government shutdown. In a recent statement, CBP assured importers and exporters that they will continue to work with additional government agencies to make sure shipments flow smoothly.
If you have further questions, please contact us or reach out to your Ascent Global Logistics representative directly.
Ports Of Los Angeles And Long Beach Actively Working To Provide Congestion Relief
According to the JOC, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach promise relief for increased dwell times within the first six months of 2019. Dwell times for ports in Southern California increased from 2.5 days in spring 2018 to 3.5 days at the end of 2018. See more here.
Modernized Duty Drawback Final Rule
The final rule to duty drawback regulations were published last week by CBP. These changes were brought on by the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA). Some of the changes to the current regulations are the timelines for filing of a claim, record keeping requirements, substitution drawback as well as manual filing of claims will no longer be accepted. See more here.
Walmart’s Investment In Their Online Grocery Delivery Program Continues To Pay Off
In a relatively short period of time, Walmart turned itself into one of the top online grocery retailers through improving their e-commerce experience and utilizing their stores as distribution centers. As a result, nearly 1 in 4 online grocery consumers cite Walmart as the retailer they use most for groceries. See more here.
Shoppers Rush To Meet Holiday Deadlines
According to the National Retail Federation, 134 million consumers plan to shop the Saturday before Christmas. Therefore, it is important that retail suppliers continue to improve their delivery supply chains in anticipation of the increase in shoppers. See more here.
Statistic of the Week
The estimated amount of online shopping returns expected for the 2018 holiday season, according to Supply Chain 24/7. Click here to access more stats.
Links of the Week
Catch up with the Ascent Global Logistics team at the below upcoming events:
TUPELO FURNITURE MARKET
Tupelo, MS – January 10-13, 2019
PPAI EXPO 2019
Las Vegas, NV – January 13-17, 2019
TPM ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Long Beach, CA – March 3-6, 2019