China tariffs on ‘certain’ items delayed til Dec. 15; Field Nation launches multi-site work orders

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) said “it will delay 10% tariffs on ‘certain articles’ from China, originally slated to take effect Sept. 1, to Dec. 15,” according to Supply Chain Dive.

These items include “cell phones, laptops, some toys and some footwear and clothing,” according to the article. Also, some unspecified products will be removed from the tariff list, while the rest of the ‘series four’ list’s items, representing some $300 billion worth of goods, are still scheduled to go into effect Sept. 1.

Field Nation launches multi-site work orders

The software provider is on a crusade against duplicate data entry by looking to streamline workflow, according to a release.

"The support of multi-site work orders is another big step for Field Nation as it continues to develop enterprise-grade management capabilities, launched as Field Nation ONE, to provide client organizations with a total solution for field service work,” said Andrew Karpie, research director of services and labor procurement at Spend Matters.

“Multi-site work orders effectively allows IT managed service providers to manage all of an enterprise client's field service activities/projects across multiple locations, effectively, as one super-project,” Karpie said. “The deployed technicians can include the managed service providers’ own technicians as well as those from Field Nation's online contractor/freelancer marketplace.”

Check out the bottom of this article to read more on Field Nation, and out how they do in Spend Matters SolutionMap.

USPS parcel volume falls for first time in almost a decade

Package volumes of the United States Postal Service (USPS) declined by 47 million pieces in the third quarter, a 3.2% drop compared to the same quarter a year ago, according to the agency's Q3 earnings report. This is the first volume drop in nine years, according to a USPS statement emailed to Supply Chain Dive.

With Barneys’ bankruptcy claim, time for fashion vendors to go beyond wholesale channels

Barneys New York's recent filing for bankruptcy could motivate fashion and luxury brands to look beyond wholesale arrangements with department stores, and explore alternate channels, reports Reuters. They could, for example, focus on their own stores and websites since direct sales are far more profitable than wholesale arrangements.

Large firms, new entrants submit bids for national security launch procurement contract

Four large players — United Launch Alliance, SpaceX, Northrop Grumman and Blue Origin — have submitted their proposals for the National Security Space Launch Phase 2 Launch Service Procurement. While ULA and SpaceX currently launch the bulk of U.S. national security satellites, Northrop Grumman and Blue Origin are looking to break in.

Tech suppliers moving out of China

Part of the fallout of the ongoing U.S.-China trade wars is that tech suppliers moving out of China, according to Bloomberg. One example is HP laptop maker Inventec Corp., which said it would be moving its manufacturing base for U.S. laptops out of China.

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