Almost a year after Italy broke with its U.S. and European partners to sign up to China’s influence-extending Belt and Road initiative, relations between Rome and Beijing risk deteriorating rather than getting closer.
The coronavirus is not to be taken lightly. As of mid-February, the number of cases worldwide had risen to more than 64,000 globally, 63,000 of which were in China, with the death toll at almost 1,400 and climbing.
Most U.S. factories in China’s manufacturing hub around Shanghai will be back at work this week, but the “severe” shortage of workers due to the coronavirus will hit production and global supply chains.
Protests against a natural gas pipeline are crippling Canada’s railways — key economic arteries in the sprawling, trade-dependent nation — and prompting cries of “insanity” and “ecoterrorism” from business leaders.
Analyst Insight: The growth of e-commerce, coupled with continuing evolution of the supply chain, has made moving dangerous goods in a safe and compliant manner more important than ever. Unfortunately, several key gaps exist within many organizations’ processes and infrastructure that make maintaining a reliable hazmat supply chain challenging, and put their operational efficiency, reputation and bottom line at risk.