Domestic Freight Management

Peak Holiday Online Shopping Expected To Cause Delivery Delays

Delivery companies such as the United States Postal Service (USPS) are urging shoppers to make online purchases and send packages within the next 10 days. Up to 25 percent of small package deliveries could be delayed this holiday season due to increased volume. See more here.

Balancing Capacity With Demand Continues To Be A Challenge

Companies continue to adapt to factors such as the ELD mandate, an increased capacity crunch and driver shortages. However, having optimal capacity in the correct locations continues to be one of the biggest challenges in the trucking industry. See more here.

International Freight Forwarding

Retail Container Imports Into United States Set New Volume Record

According to Global Port Tracker, US-bound retail container ports handled just over 2 million TEUs (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units) in October 2018. Retail import volumes were up 13.6 percent year-over-year for October 2018. See more here.

Additional Charges Expected From Ocean Freight Forwarding Carriers In 2019

In 2019, carrier contracts, particularly variable contracts, are expected to see increased surcharges. Depending on whether bunker fuel surcharges are split out or inclusive, increases could be applied as early as January 2019.

For more information, please contact the Ascent Global Logistics trade management team.

China Proposes Reducing Tariffs On Cars Imported From The United States

Recently, Bloomberg News reported that China could take measures to reduce tariffs on cars imported from the United States. This proposed measure could reduce these tariffs from 40 percent to 15 percent. See more here.

Retail Consolidation

Retail Consolidation: Good For Both Branded And Private Label Suppliers

Last month, our Retail Consolidation team at Prime Distribution Services, An Ascent Global Logistics Company, had the opportunity to attend the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) Trade Show. Our team members viewed over 2,000 booths and spoke with many private label suppliers about their delivery challenges to big box retailers. See more here.

Rakuten And Walmart Open The First Walmart E-Commerce Store In Japan

Rakuten, a Japanese e-commerce marketplace and Walmart have partnered to provide Japanese consumers access to a number of US branded products. Walmart’s continued global expansion could cause suppliers to re-think their global retail consolidation strategy. See more here.

Statistic of the Week

$80.3 Billion

Online e-commerce spending in the United States between November 1, 2018 and December 6, 2018, according to Retail Dive. Click here to access more stats.

Links of the Week

Port Of Oakland Announces Export Volume Gains For Scrap Paper Shipments

Air Freight Demand Increases During Peak Shipping Season

“Sea” The Difference In Your Import Activities

UK Supermarkets Told To Stockpile Supplies Before Latest Brexit Decision

Upcoming Events

Catch up with the Ascent Global Logistics team at the below upcoming events:  

PPAI EXPO 2019
Las Vegas, NV – January 13-17, 2019

TPM ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Long Beach, CA – March 3-6, 2019

HIGH POINT FURNITURE MARKET
High Point, NC – April 6-10, 2019

International Holiday Calendar

ascent international holiday calendar

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