How Logistics Automation is Helping Companies Meet Delivery Needs

Posted on June 11, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

In recent years, consumers’ and business buyers’ delivery expectations have increased. Next day delivery is a new trend that many businesses are implementing to meet increasing business demands. Some ways logistics service companies meet such requirements is through the introduction of logistics automation through the use of different processes such as cartonization, bar coding, and cloud computing. The definition of logistics automation, as explained by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is the application of computer software and automated machinery to improve the efficiency of logistics operations.Cartonization is the process of using data from an online order to choose... Read More

Tax Collector's Error and Taxpayer's Responsibility

Posted on June 11, 2019. Category: Tax Publications

The Texas Court of Appeals recently dismissed the case of a taxpayer in Harris County Texas who sued several tax authorities. The taxpayer was seeking a refund for $17,861 of penalties and interest paid on overdue property taxes. The court stated that the individual failed to “plead facts within the scope of a clear and unambiguous waiver of governmental immunity for the claim.” The taxpayer contended that he had not received a tax bill for the year 2012 on his property due to a mistake made by the Tax Collector, who sent it to the wrong address. In this case,... Read More

"Systems are Currently Down"

Posted on June 10, 2019. Category: Logistics PublicationsTax PublicationsTrade Publications

“Systems are currently down” is a common phrase. You might have seen or heard it before, maybe when ordering online or trying to get an ice cream at the drive-through. For many years, companies only had physical threats to worry about. However, new threats are always emerging. If a company is not taking preemptive measures it could end like the following companies:Yahoo says all three billion accounts hacked in 2013 data theft Marriott Data Breach Is Traced to Chinese Hackers as U.S. Readies Crackdown on Beijing Target customers' card data said to be at risk after store... Read More

Deal With Mexico Suspends Tariff Hikes

Posted on June 10, 2019. Category: Trade Publications

On Saturday June 9th, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the much-anticipated tariffs on imports from Mexico, set to be begin on June 10th, would be indefinitely suspended.The suspension occurs after the United States and Mexico announced a new agreement on immigration. And while few details on the agreement have been release, the suspension of the tariffs is welcoming news for U.S. importers and consumers. Had an agreement not been reached, tariffs would have started at 5% and increased monthly until they hit 25% in October 2019. U.S. companies would have felt the impact of these tariffs, as... Read More

New USA Import Tariffs for Mexico will begin June 10, 2019

Posted on June 07, 2019. Category: Trade Publications

On May 30, 2019 President Donald Trump issued a statement declaring that there will be a 5% Tariff on all goods imported from Mexico, starting June 10, 2019. The president has stated that if the immigration crisis persists and the Mexican government does not act to limit the amount of nondocumented immigrants entering the USA then he will raise the tariff to 10 % on July 1, 2019. The tariff is set to increase to 15% on August 1, 2019 then to 20% on September 1, 2019, and to 25% on October 1, 2019. After October 1st the tariff will stay at 25%. (White House Press, 2019)How might this affect the entry process into the US?As seen... Read More

The Belt and Road Forum Aims for a Better World

Posted on June 07, 2019. Category: Logistics PublicationsTrade Publications

The Second Belt and Road Summit forum was held in Beijing to discuss Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature infrastructure project that began in 2013 to rebuild ancient trading routes across Eurasia.When Xi Jinping visited Central Asia and Southeast in September and October of 2013, he raised the initiative of jointly building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (hereinafter referred to as the BRI), which have attracted close attention from all over the world. The Belt and Road forum aims to promote the connection between Asian, European and African continents and their adjacent areas.... Read More

5G – Advancing Logistics & Global Connectivity

Posted on June 06, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

In an era where consumers reign supreme, logistics, transportation and connectivity are paramount. Expectations from suppliers are at an all time high, heavily influenced by the “Amazon Effect” which pushes for faster, cheaper, often even free, delivery by customers. These expectations go hand in hand with the need for higher visibility, a faster more efficient supply chain and the robust communications network to support the exponential rise in global connectivity. For transportation, technology can be both the driving force of growth and the solution to problems that rising demands create worldwide. One way this is being done is... Read More

Game of Thrones and Hazmat Shipping

Posted on June 05, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

After eight long years, Game of Thrones has wrapped up its eighth and final season as of May 19, 2019. While viewers and fans have mixed opinions and feelings on the series finale, there are other things to mull over besides who should have been king or queen of Westeros. Throughout the series viewers have become aware of various dangerous materials found as far east as Qarth to as west as Highgarden. Game of Thrones is not a series just about battling for titles, dragons, and The Long Night, it is also about hazmat shipping. The series focuses strongly on hazardous items... Read More

U.S. Seaborne Crude Oil Exports Hit a Record High

Posted on June 04, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

According to the latest data from BIMCO, U.S. crude oil exports have increased month by month since August 2018, reaching a record 9.6 million tons in January.The rise in exports in January was largely driven by sales in Europe, which rose to 4.8 million tons in January from 2.8 million tons in December.Exports for the whole of 2018 reached 8.74 million tons, up 96.7 percent from 4.44 million tons in 2017. BIMCO said this would be good news for the original plate, equating to an additional 143 VLCC vessels (300,000 DWT) or 287 Suez-type vessels (150,000 DWT).In January 2019, the Netherlands became the biggest importer of American crude oil, surpassing... Read More

Trucks from Mexico Face Prolonged Delays

Posted on June 02, 2019. Category: Trade Publications

Imports from Mexico represent about 15% of the total imports into the United States. In fact, in 2018 alone, there were over 6 million truck entries into the US from Mexico, averaging out to over 17,000 truck entries per day. Companies on both sides of the border have come to rely on smooth and efficient border crossings, resulting in timely deliveries.Over the last month, crossing has been anything but timely and efficient. While trucks have traditionally taken less than an hour on average to cross the border in some cases, they are now facing up to 10 or more hours of wait time in... Read More

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