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QAD Precision News Round-Up: 1 November 2019

In the QAD Precision News Round-Up: 1 November 2019, Delta becomes first airline with door-to-door delivery service; DHL to invest $100 million in Hamilton airport expansion; Zebra moves from China; UPS holds hiring blitz; trade compliance issues for high tech and more.

Carriers

DHL TO INVEST  $100 MILLION IN HAMILTON AIRPORT EXPANSION 

DHL has announced plans to expand operations in Canada with a new $100 million facility located at the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. In addition, DHL will also will replace its existing depot. The new facility, which is expected to be completed by 2021, will be approximately 800,000 square feet. The facility will also have a fully automated sorting system with a capacity for processing 15,000 packages per hour. For more information, please see Global News. 

DPD INTENSIFIES EV INVESTMENT PLAN 

Dwain McDonald, CEO at DPDgroup UK,  is calling on vehicle manufacturers and energy providers, as well as national and local government to work together to reduce emissions congestion. This call comes after the launch of new White Paper from DPD titled “Delivering a Zero-Emission Future.” Additionally, DPD announced that it has significantly intensified its EV investment programme and plans to grow its current fleet of 139 vehicles to 500 by the end of 2020. For more details, please see Post and Parcel. 

UPS TO HOLD ONE-DAY HIRING EVENT BEFORE BLACK FRIDAY

This Friday is UPS’ “Brown Friday” hiring event. Today, the carrier will hold around 185 hiring events across the US. UPS stated that it will sign-up approximately 50,000 seasonal employees today. To prepare for the peak season , UPS plans to hire 100,000 seasonal workers. The full- and part-time positions will include package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers. For more details, please see Global News Wire. 

POSTI DEVELOPS NEW LAST-MILE DELIVERY SOLUTION

Posti has developed a last-mile delivery solution in Helsinki for the e-commerce sector which will open Today. The new delivery point, called Box, will have fitting rooms, a large parcel locker and a digital kiosk. Posti stated that Box acts as a physical store for online retailers and as a space to test Posti’s new digital services. For more information, please see Parcel and Postal Technology International. 

Transportation

DELTA BECOMES FIRST US AIRLINE WITH DOOR-TO-DOOR DELIVERY SERVICE

Delta Airlines has partnered with on-demand delivery company Roadie to provide a door-to-door cross-country shipping service for time critical goods including medical equipment and automotive parts. The service, known as DASH Door-to-Door, is now available from Delta’s main hub in Atlanta to approximately 55 cities in the US. The airline has plans to rollout the service to more cities by 2020. DASH Door-to-Door is available for packages less than 100 pounds and 90 linear inches. For more information, please see American Shipper. 

Global Trade

ZEBRA TECHNOLOGIES TO RELOCATE FROM CHINA

Zebra Technologies CEO Anders Gustafsson stated that the company is proceeding with plans to relocate more manufacturing from China ahead of emerging tariff hikes. US President Donald Trump’s next round of tariffs are scheduled for December 15. These target consumer items such as toys, laptops and smartphones. “We’re now moving to other Southeast Asian countries with our current partners and they’ve been replicating our lines,” said Gustafsson. Zebra has already moved facilities for products that were hit by earlier rounds of tariffs. For more details, please see CNBC. 

QAD Precision News

THREE TRADE COMPLIANCE ISSUES FOR HIGH TECH MANUFACTURERS

Innovation, at its core, is spreading new ideas to new people. For high tech manufacturers, this means spreading product across audiences, regions and even countries. Unfortunately, the global trade landscape isn’t especially open to the constant movement of goods and ideas, and many customs regulations make it difficult for manufacturers to transfer goods across borders.

Adhering to customs and trade compliance regulations is crucial for high tech manufacturers, as there are some very real consequences attached to these seemingly innocuous laws. Monetary fines, penalties and shipping issues (read: delays) are a very real possibility, and these outcomes all put the customer experience at severe risk. In this QAD Precision Report, we look at the three most pressing compliance issues for high tech enterprises. To read the full report, please click here. 

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