A monthly column summarizing news and developments relating to global supply chains.


Retailers Support Free Trade

Fashion retailers urge action on origin rules.
Apparel industry says leaders should address trade restrictions.
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Manufacturing Output Rises

Though manufacturing is up, total industrial production is not.
Iindustrial output sagged, according to Michael Montgomery, US Economist for IHS Global Insight.
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Consumer Sentiment Highest Since July 2007

More optimism for year ahead.
IHS Global Insight reports continued improvement in consumer outlook.
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German Car Manufacturers Take Fast Train to China

Improved capacity utilization of train connections and expansion of railway system between Duisburg and China.
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China Trade Deficit Hits New Record in July

The overall monthly U.S. international goods and services trade deficit declined to $40.5 billion in July; down from $40.8 billion in June.
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Annual GDP Growth 4.2 Percent Says IHS

Slower inventory growth and solid profits suggest above-average economic growth.
Real GDP growth was revised upwards in IHS forecast.
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Do Trade Agreements Deliver?

Free trade agreements are getting bigger, more complex — and more important to extended supply chains

Free trade agreements are often announced and signed with much promise and some degree of fanfare, but do they deliver over time?

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Report: Imports are More ‘Made in America’ Than Label Reveals

“Unbeknownst to consumers, imported goods with foreign labels often include significant but unrevealed amounts of U.S. content.”
Imported products sold in the United States from clothing to cars contain far more U.S. parts or other content and value and support significantly more American jobs than consumers or policymakers realize.
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National Retail Federation Honored By EPA

NRF was recognized with a SmartWay Affiliate Challenge award.
The EPA recognized NRF for supporting policies and practices that reduce truck emissions and enhance freight efficiency.
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Emerging Markets Still Growing

 There are still opportunities in developing markets, despite economic and political turmoil. 

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Five Wearable Manufacturing Technologies of the Future

Video applications, Employee Monitoring, Field service, Plant monitoring, Improving employee safety.

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Assurance of Supply: A Top Concern for Manufacturers

Every manufacturer has an assurance of supply problem to some extent due to the complexity of global sourcing. For years, manufacturers were blessed with high margins but margins have grown paper thin. You can’t fill up your distribution centers with excess inventory – not only is there a cost factor but the pace of business and consumer buying trends causes goods to quickly turn obsolete. Assurance of supply provides the speed and agility that is essential to being able to compete in today’s market.


Speaker info: Diane Palmquist, VP Manufacturing Industry Solutions


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