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26/08/2021Walmart’s Last Mile Strategy

We all know how Amazon has forever changed the rules of retailing. Now comes news that Walmart, another U.S. retail behemoth, is sending its employees, gig workers, and even(groan) drones to make local “last mile” deliveries for other companies.
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20/08/2021Climate Change and the Global Supply Chain

It seems that every day brings more news of calamitous environmental disasters. Fires, floods, hurricanes, and record heat, you name it, we’ve seen and done it all lately. It’s past time for every company involved in international trade to run a risk mitigation analysis and plan accordingly.
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13/08/2021US-China Interdependence

Many believe the chief characteristic of US-China relations is competition, but the truth is that the two superpowers sit heavily in each other’s laps. There’s a disconnect between the official party line and how much business gets done by ex-pats on both sides.
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06/08/2021Taxes and tariffs

A revised take on U.S. Steel tariffs and new discourse about pushing back against China highlights this week’s news. Certain pundits in Europe are arguing that EU nations can’t afford to be quite as confrontational as the US. And in other news, there’s a plan to charge a “Traveler’s Tax” on non-EU travelers to Europe.
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30/07/2021EU-US Joint Tech Council

Rules need to be written on a range of sensitive technology issues. Many in the West believe that China’s technological superiority represents a strategic threat to the world order.
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23/07/2021What Trade War?

US-China trade is booming, despite tariffs and the ongoing posturing on each side. It’s been 18 months since Trump signed the latest agreement, which is looking more and more like a truce. There’s no intention of resuming talks on either side, the focus is on competition, not communication.
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16/07/2021The Group of 20 Nations Meets

Recently The Group of 20 nations agreed on a plan that would overhaul the global tax system. If it goes through, the plan could reshape the global economy by eliminating tax havens and going after big multinational companies.
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09/07/2021Ongoing Travel Restrictions Effect on Trade

The EU has relaxed its requirements on inbound travel from the US, but the love doesn’t flow both ways, apparently. U.S. officials are taking a “wait and see approach” when it comes to inviting non-Americans to visit the States. No specific benchmarks for re-opening have been announced.
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02/07/2021How Will the EU’s New Climate Law Affect Trade?

The EU plans to levy import duties on aluminum, steel, and cement coming from countries with lower environmental standards, as it seeks to demonstrate a willingness to combat climate change without impacting domestic producers.
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24/06/2021Sails for Cargo Ships?

The shipping industry produces 2.9 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, matching the entire continent of South America. The industry’s greenhouse-gas emissions have increased 10 percent in the last six years. Right now, about 40 companies are developing wind-propulsion technologies for large container vessels.
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18/06/2021The Airbus - Boeing Dispute is Grounded for Five Years

After 17 years of acrimony resulting in costly tariffs and retaliatory tariffs on $11.5B of goods traded between the US and the EU, negotiators have come to an agreement to end the litigation related to these two aircraft industry giants.
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11/06/2021Biden’s First European Trip

The G7 Summit begins today in Cornwall, England. President Biden faces a weary and wary audience as he seeks engagement from European leaders to stand up against Russia and China. A plan to donate one billion COVID vaccine doses to developing countries is also on the table.
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