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QAD Precision News Round-Up: 21 June 2019

QAD Precision News Round-Up for 21 June 2019

In the QAD Precision News Round-Up: 21 June 2019, Volvo Trucks’ Vera gets her first job; Mexico ratifies the USMCA; Apple opposes extra Chinese tariffs; FedEx and Dollar General announce alliance; DPD’s massive new UK hub; plus cloud solutions for 3PLs.

Transportation

VOLVO TRUCKS AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE TO HAUL CARGO

Volvo Trucks has announced the first real-world implementation of its fully electric self-driving truck, Vera. Vera is a tractor unit, and is compatible with existing trailers. The vehicle will transport cargo in Sweden between a DFDS logistics center and an APM terminal at the Port of Gothenburg. Vera is a completely self-driving vehicle. A control center handles the truck’s operations, connected through a cloud interface. Volvo Trucks has stated that Vera is best suited for repetitive jobs across short distances. The vehicle has a top speed of 40 km/h (approximately 25 mph). Mikael Karlsson, vice president autonomous solutions at Volvo Trucks, said in a statement: “Now we have the opportunity to implement Vera in an ideal setting and further develop her potential for other similar operations.” For more details, please see Supply Chain Dive.

Trade

MEXICO RATIFIES THE USMCA

This week, Mexico ratified the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Mexico is the first of the three signatories to ratify the trade deal agreed last November. On Wednesday, a large majority of the country’s Senate voted in favor of the NAFTA replacement. A total of 114 senators voted for the USMCA; four dissented and three abstained. The US is Mexico’s largest export market. As a result, there was little opposition to the updated trade agreement. For more information, please click here.

APPLE OPPOSES ADDITIONAL TARIFFS ON CHINESE GOODS

Apple is amongst a number of large companies pressing the US government to drop plans for additional tariffs on Chinese goods. Apple claims that extending tariffs would hurt its competitiveness as well as the contribution the company makes to the US treasury. In a filing this week, Apple said that it is the largest corporate taxpayer to the US treasury. US President Donald Trump is considering imposing tariffs on a further $300 billion of Chinese goods. President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to meet at the G20 summit in Japan next week. For more details, please see the Irish Times.

Carriers

FEDEX AND DOLLAR GENERAL ANNOUNCE ALLIANCE

This week, FedEx and Dollar General announced an alliance to give customers access to FedEx services at Dollar General stores. During the first phase that will begin this summer, FedEx services will roll out to over 1,500 Dollar General stores. More than 8,000 locations should be onstream by the end of 2020. The alliance will allow customers to use FedEx pick-up and drop-off services from Dollar General’s retail locations. Dollar General has a significant footprint in rural areas. As a result of the agreement, more than 90 percent of people in the US will be within five miles of a FedEx retail location. You can read more about this here.

DPD BUILDING MASSIVE UK HUB

This week, aerial footage of DPD’s new hub in Leicestershire in the UK revealed the size of the project. The new location will include a main building of 276,454 sq ft main. This will be the largest domestic parcel hub in Europe. The main building should be complete by February 2020 and the facility should become fully operational in 2022. Using advanced technology and fully automated sortation technology, the massive hub will be able to sort 72,000 parcels per hour. To read more, please click here.

QAD Precision News

CLOUD SOLUTIONS FOR 3PLS

Third party logistics providers deliver critical services to customers across a variety of industries, but they cannot simply offer access to assets such as warehouses. Many of their biggest customers critically rely on 3PLs not only for warehousing and shipping capacity, but also to help them manage the complex regulatory requirements associated with their supply chains, as well as reverse logistics and value-added services. In order to meet the demands of their customers — and their customers’ customers — technology is key. As 3PLs scale to meet customer demand, speed to deployment is critical — a 3PL with a warehouse not yet fully in operation is a 3PL losing money. In this QAD Precision Report we look at how cloud-based solutions benefit logistics providers. To read the full report, please click here.

UNIVERSITY SHIPPING SIMPLIFIED: JOIN OUR WEBINAR

University researchers and administrative staff are not professional shippers. Many ship parcels on an ad hoc basis and each school or unit may use a preferred carrier for all shipments. Consequently, universities often have a poor understanding of their parcel spend.

Join us on July 11, 2019 at 10 a.m. CDT for a 30-minute webinar where QAD Precision’s Trade Compliance & Transportation Management experts will discuss how universities can simplify shipping, control costs, limit compliance exposure and improved research chain visibility. To register for the webinar, please click here.

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