Afternoon Coffee: Tariffs impacting U.S. Amazon sellers more than Chinese counterparts; UPS adding value to its supply chain

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The U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods have impacted both U.S. and China-based Amazon vendors, but U.S. sellers are taking a bigger hit to their sales, according to data from cross-border e-commerce analytics company SellerMotor. The gap has widened since the round of tariffs on Chinese goods announced in the summer of 2018, as reported by TechCrunch.

UPS' new move to add value to its supply chain

UPS has converted four of its major U.S. international air freight (IAF) gateways into foreign trade zones (FTZs): Chicago (ORD), New York (JFK), Dallas (DFW), and Los Angeles (LAX). “UPS is constantly searching for ways to add value while decreasing the cost and complexity of our customers’ supply chains,” said Jeff McCorstin, president of UPS Global Brokerage and Customs. “Adding FTZs enables customers to streamline compliance validations to mitigate risk and promote savings on their IAF shipments by leveraging FTZ-designated gateway facilities.”

Chinese non-profit alleges Apple and Foxconn violated labor laws

A new report by China Labor Watch has alleged that both Apple and Foxconn had violated labor laws at a factory where the tech giants are producing the new iPhone. Also, the nonprofit watchdog charged that workers at the Foxconn plant in Zhengzhou, the largest iPhone factory in the world, were working extreme overtime hours in violation of local laws. These charges were later denied by Apple.

Here's how to ensure a truly connected end-to-end supply chain

To ensure your business has a truly connected supply chain, you must bring in transparency across the chain itself as the first step, according to an article in Supply Chain Digital. Most businesses can only see siloed data, with no single overview. A truly connected end-to-end supply chain has the aim to reach 100% visibility in real time, which means creating an integrated view across the enterprise, including, suppliers, retailers, manufacturers, outsource partners, and customers, according to the piece.

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