In the Precision Software News Round-Up: 23 November 2018, Canada’s Patty Hajdu tables a law to force postal workers back on the job; FedEx and DPD go green; and Amazon reverses position on Australia’s 10 percent sales tax. Also this week, the US considers restricting the export of emerging tech; and we look at the capabilities needed for parcel shipping in Europe.
This Thursday, Canada’s federal government proposed legislation that would force Canada Post strikers to return to work. Patty Hajdu, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, introduced the bill. She also included a motion to fast track its passage through the House of Commons. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) reacted angrily to the tabled legislation. The CUPW accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of having an “anti-worker agenda”. The strikes have been going on for five weeks and resolution seems no closer. The CUPW has warned that it will fight the legislation in court if it passes. For more on this, please click here.
FedEx is to grow its fleet by 1,000 all-electric delivery vehicles. The company will buy 100 these and lease an additional 900. The electric vehicles have a 150-mile range. Each should help FedEx avoid 20 tons of emissions annually. FedEx has been using electric vehicles in its pickup and delivery fleet since 2009 and its electric vehicle fleet numbered 2,109 for last year. For more on this, please click here.
DPD Germany has announced plans to only use zero-emissions vehicles in inner-city Hamburg from next summer. The company will use cargo bikes and e-scooters, alongside electric vans and trucks. In addition, DPD will use “micro depots” to distribute parcels. For more on this, please click here.
E-commerce giant Amazon has reversed its policy banning the shipment of goods to Australia from its US and UK stores. Amazon instituted the ban this July when then-Treasurer Scott Morrison introduced the “Amazon tax.” This law required businesses earning more than $75,000 AUD annually to charge 10 percent Goods and Services Tax (GST) on low value items imported by consumers. From July, Australians were unable to access Amazon’s US and UK marketplaces. Instead they were redirected to the local site, Amazon.com.au. The Australian site launched in December 2017. There are about 80 million products available through the Australian marketplace. The US site has around 500 million. For more, please see TechCrunch.
Tech giants like Apple, Amazon, Google, IBM could be subject to new export restrictions. The proposed laws argue that emerging technologies could be a national security threat in the wrong hands. Technologies that could fall under restriction include image-recognition software, quantum computers, advanced computer chips, self-driving cars and robots. Tech companies may have to get licenses before selling their products to foreign governments. In addition, tech firms may also need a license before partnering with researchers from certain countries. For more details about this story, please see The Washington Post.
Sending a parcel from Austin in Texas to Akron, Ohio is not a big deal. Well, other than the fact that there is nearly 1,400 miles between them. There’s roughly the same distance between Budapest in Hungary and Bilbao in Spain. Distance is the least of your worries here. Sending a package between the two is far more complicated since you need to cross a number of borders. There are 50 sovereign states in Europe — 28 of which are in the EU — and with that, a lot of borders. The geography and demographics of Europe makes parcel shipping across the region more complicated than in the US. In the latest Precision Report, Jack Moloney explains why a European transportation execution system needs different capabilities to a US solution. To read the report, please click here.
On November 28th, 2018 at 1:00 pm CST Precision Software will host a 30 minute webinar on Free Trade Agreement (FTA) compliance. FTA compliance can be complex and labor-intensive, but offers a clear commercial advantage — preferential duties. It is possible to simplify FTA compliance by automating it’s most complex and time-consuming aspects. During the webinar, Precision Solution Consultant Olivier Joncas will discuss free trade agreements, compliance and perform a live demonstration of PRECISION FTA. To register, please click here.
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