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U.S. Retail Imports Are Growing Despite Tariff Threats

Imports at U.S. major retail container ports are expected to grow steadily throughout the summer despite the prospect of heavy tariffs on goods from China, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released last week by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.[more]


Truck Maker Volvo Rides Demand Boom but Supply Chain Feels Strain

Truck maker AB Volvo beat first-quarter expectations thanks to strong demand for trucks and construction equipment across most markets but cautioned that its supply chain was coming under pressure.[more]


Maersk Wants to Take Down Global Food Loss

Maersk and Rockstart, a European startup accelerator, have partnered in an initiative called FoodTrack to foster startups with ideas for tackling global food loss.[more]


Amazon Is Launching International Shopping From the U.S.

Amazon is expanding the reach of its U.S. store.[more]


IMF Says the Global Smartphone Boom Has Reached Its Peak

The global smartphone boom that’s helped propel Asia’s economic growth and reshape trade channels in recent years may have peaked.[more]


The Staggering Environmental Footprint of All the Food That We Throw in the Trash

The mass quantities of food Americans waste every year has staggering environmental consequences, according to a study published this week.[more]


Electric Carmakers Face Growing Risk in Battery Supply Chain

Electric Carmakers Face Growing Risk in Battery Supply Chain

Auto manufacturers could face potentially significant supply chain disruption when it comes to batteries for electric vehicles, according to an insurance broker.[more]


Wine Prices to Rise As Bad Weather Brings Worst Harvest for 50 Years

Wine Prices to Rise As Bad Weather Brings Worst Harvest for 50 Years

It’s the kind of bad news best served with a stiff drink: the price of standard supermarket wines such as prosecco and pinot grigio could rise by up to 30 percent this year as the impact of 2017’s disastrous harvest is felt on the high street.[more]


A Look at the World's Most Powerful Wind Turbine

GE Renewable Resources said it’ll spend as much as $400m over the next few years to build an offshore wind turbine almost 100 meters taller than the Washington Monument.[more]


Amazon Wants to Disrupt Healthcare in America. In China, Tech Giants Already Have.

Amazon and two other American titans are trying to shake up healthcare by experimenting with their own employees’ coverage. By Chinese standards, they’re behind the curve.[more]


Demand for Warehouse Space Will Stay Strong in 2018, Report Says

A combination of factors will come together in 2018 that will result in strong investor appetite for logistics real estate, according to CBRE. [more]


Airbus Says It May Stop Making Its Giant A380 As It Beats Boeing on Sales of Smaller Planes

Airbus SE publicly questioned the future of its A380 superjumbo jet, saying the program risks being shut down if the manufacturer fails to win a crucial order from the plane's main backer, Emirates of Dubai.[more]


Target's Plan to Pump $7Bn Into Its Stores Really Paid Off Over the Holidays

Target's Plan to Pump $7Bn Into Its Stores Really Paid Off Over the Holidays

Target’s $7bn plan to fix its business paid off handsomely during the holiday season.[more]


'Not Built for This': What Fails in the Extreme Cold? Just About Everything.

You can’t fight fire with ice. That’s a frozen fact that public safety officials are grappling with as extreme cold continues to grip Washington and much of the rest of the country this week. [more]


Foreign Firms Rush Washers, Solar Panels Into U.S. Amid Trade Fears

Foreign makers of such products as washing machines and solar panels are ramping up shipments to the U.S. ahead of government decisions on whether to erect new barriers, trade data show.[more]


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