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Trump’s Next Round of Trade Limits Could Hurt the U.S. Tech Industry He Wants to Help

Housed in a 19th-century meatpacking plant in Somerville, Massachusetts, Formlabs boasts all the accoutrements of American high-tech success: exposed brick walls and ductwork, a morale-boosting pool table and plenty of young employees hammering away at laptops.[more]


Maersk to Cut Services as It Battles Shipping Glut

A.P. Moller-Maersk said it would cut back on capacity to combat falling freight rates and rising fuel costs, after the Danish shipping giant reported a weak first quarter that sent its shares down about 8 percent.[more]


Gartner Announces Rankings of the 2018 Supply Chain Top 25

Gartner Announces Rankings of the 2018 Supply Chain Top 25

Gartner, Inc. has released the results of its annual Supply Chain Top 25, identifying supply chain leaders and highlighting their best practices. Analysts announced the results at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference last week in Phoenix.[more]


Recalls This Week: Chain Saws, Crayons, Pottery Wheels

More than a million chain saws are being recalled because they have a faulty power switch that could fail to shut off the tool. Other recalled consumer products include pottery wheels and playground slides.[more]


In Congo Outbreak, Ebola Vaccine Faces Cold-Chain Reality Tests

In Congo Outbreak, Ebola Vaccine Faces Cold-Chain Reality Tests

An experimental Ebola vaccine to be deployed in an outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has conquered some major scientific hurdles in giving high protection, but it now faces extreme real-world tests including heat, humidity, language barriers and lack of roads.[more]


China Tightens Grip on Global Battery Metals With Chile Deal

China Tightens Grip on Global Battery Metals With Chile Deal

China tightened its grip on the global supply chain for battery raw materials as Tianqi Lithium Corp. struck a deal to take a $4.1bn stake in Chilean rival SQM, the second-largest lithium producer.[more]


U.S.-China Trade Truce May Not Last With Differences Unresolved

The U.S. and China declared a truce in their trade dispute over the weekend, but that will prove temporary if the world’s two largest economies fail to deliver on their vague commitments to re-balance trade.[more]


Interest in Cargo Piloting Careers Is Climbing, Study Finds

There may be a looming pilot shortage that has developed in the cargo industry over the last decade, but according to a study by the University of North Dakota (UND), there may be some cause for optimism. [more]


ICS Asks EU Not to Publish Ships' Fuel Efficiency Data

Now that the International Maritime Organization has endorsed a global CO2 reduction strategy, the International Chamber of Shipping is calling on the European Union not to publish data on individual ships' fuel efficiency. [more]


Booming Savannah Port Sees Trade Tensions as Just a Hiccup

Savannah’s ocean ports feature skyscraping silver cranes that stand at attention on the water’s edge. Container ships stretch the length of four football fields, with 40-foot containers stacked behind them like multicolored Lego bricks.[more]


Paying More to Save More: Companies Boosting Salaries for Supply-Chain Executives

Companies are paying more for supply-chain skills in a hunt for buyers, planners and transportation managers who can help offset growing freight and raw materials costs.[more]


Trump Personally Pushed Postmaster General to Double Rates on Amazon, Other Firms

President Trump has personally pushed U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan to double the rate the Postal Service charges Amazon.com and other firms to ship packages, according to three people familiar with their conversations, a dramatic move that probably would cost these companies billions of...[more]


China Tech Giants Bet on Untangling Logistics of Indonesian E-Commerce

In a warehouse on the outskirts of Indonesia’s capital, supervisors at e-commerce company Lazada use bikes or electric scooters to zip around a floor the size of four soccer fields, where up to 3,000 staff pack and dispatch goods around the clock.[more]


This $2Bn AI Startup Aims to Teach Factory Robots to Think

This $2Bn AI Startup Aims to Teach Factory Robots to Think

Japan’s Preferred Networks Inc. has only one publicly available product, a whimsical application that uses artificial intelligence to automate the coloring of manga cartoons.[more]


Chinese Port Trials Autonomous Tractor-Trailers

Chinese robotics company TuSimple plans to use port automation as a proving ground for over-the-road autonomous trucks. By the end of this year, it will have 20 of its self-driving vehicles carrying containers around the port of Caofeidian, China. [more]


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