5G Revolution: An Enhanced Visibility of the Supply Chain 

Posted on October 23, 2020. Category: Logistics Publications

With the global implementation of the 5G network approaching, some changes will be seen by cell phone users and various industries. The supply chain/logistics industry is expected to see sweeping enhancements in visibility and data analytics due to 5G implementation. These changes will potentially be able to assist in eliminating some of the common problems seen in both domestic and international logistics. Companies may initially encounter significant costs and steps associated with the implementation, such as the cost for a company to upgrade their in-house networks to 5G and augment their data infrastructure to prepare for increased data flow...

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Sam’s Club Jumping in on “Ship-from-Store”

Posted on October 22, 2020. Category: Logistics Publications, Trade Publications

COVID 19 indeed has everyone changing their ways to adapt to the new norm and stay afloat. Sam's Club is joining the transition to utilizing e-commerce and keep its quarantining members. They are launching their "ship-from-store" / "club" program this quarter in attempts to save holiday sales along with saving money in transportation costs. Sam's Club already has most of the online shopping options but luckily prepared for the switch to fulfill more e-commerce orders in 2018 when they started turning their closed stores into fulfillment centers.Sam's Club hired 2,000 permanent supply chain workers to account for the influx...

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Coronavirus Update - October 20

Posted on October 20, 2020. Category: Logistics Publications, Coronavirus Updates

Allyn International is committed to providing you with the latest updates during this very fluid and ever-changing period. Our goal with the information provided below is to give you a high-level, current overview of the most heavily impacted regions.Ireland has announced a six-week lockdown that will begin tomorrow evening. The major shift to a nationwide lockdown has taken the citizens by surprise. Nonessential businesses will be closed, and people are requested to stay home. Schools and childcare centers will remain open. Ireland is the first European country to reimpose a national lockdown.The following tables will provide the current...

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Costly Sales Tax Mistakes Businesses are Making During COVID-1: Part 2

Posted on October 19, 2020. Category:

The COVID-19 pandemic has been and will be remembered as one of the most impactful global events of our era. An unprecedented challenge was thrust upon the medical, government, and business community that will clearly change many of the behaviors of our society in the long run.As businesses worked quickly to adapt, one of the last issues many of them considered was compliance with state and local sales tax.In Part 1 of this article, we talked about how remote workers can create sales tax collection obligations for businesses through traditional nexus. In Part 2, we discuss the impact of economic...

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What is a Circular Supply Chain?

Posted on October 16, 2020. Category: Logistics Publications

In this age of recycling, reuse, reduce, and repurpose – a new supply chain model has emerged called the Circular Supply Chain. The traditional linear supply chain of “take – make – dispose” has seen backlash from environmentally conscious consumers and proven unsustainable. The circular supply chain, focusing on waste elimination, contributes to an overall circular economy. This economy centers on sustainability and the reduction of waste.The sustainability of the Circular Supply Chain is essential to corporations and consumers. Companies can address their carbon footprint, renewable energy sources, and reverse logistics programs by transitioning to this new...

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Coronavirus Update - October 13

Posted on October 14, 2020. Category: Coronavirus Updates

Allyn International is committed to providing you with the latest updates during this very fluid and ever-changing period. Our goal with the information provided below is to give you at a high-level, a current overview of the most heavily impacted regions.The European Union announced new travel measures and released a color-coded map to designate the varying scale of outbreaks throughout Europe. Each member state can choose to implement the EU’s guidelines or choose their own based on their own analysis.Over the past week, the Czech Republic reported more cases per capita than any other European nation...

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Costly Sales Tax Mistakes Businesses are Making During COVID-19: Part 1

Posted on October 09, 2020. Category: Tax Publications

The COVID-19 pandemic has been and will be remembered as one of the most impactful global events of our era. An unprecedented challenge was thrust upon the medical, government, and business community that will clearly change many of the behaviors of our society in the long run.When state enforced lockdowns and the advice of medical professionals globally forced the ceasing of business as usual for industries across the country, businesses both large and small were left with one choice: adapt or die.In an inspiring display of free market forces, most businesses chose to adapt and did so quickly....

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Road Safety & Logistics: Truck Guards

Posted on October 09, 2020. Category: Logistics Publications

With thousands of vehicles transporting cargo to all corners of the United States, the safety of drivers, cargo, and the public is an issue that requires constant attention and refinement. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been working on some critical improvements for larger transportation vehicles: rear and side underride guards. Yet, such advancement in safety would require careful planning of a rollout and legislation that may temporarily impact the logistics industry.What are truck underride and side guards, and why are they important? Truck underride and side guards are...

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Coronavirus Update - October 6

Posted on October 06, 2020. Category: Coronavirus Updates

Allyn International is committed to providing you with the latest updates during this very fluid and everchanging period. Our goal with the information provided below is to give you a current overview of the most heavily impacted regions at a high-level.Several countries throughout Europe see an increase in COVID-19 infections. Many governments are reintroducing social distancing measures, including limiting the number of people who can gather and requiring masks in public places. Although there are currently no full lockdowns in place, the situation remains very fluid. To help mitigate the impact on the transport of goods, we continue...

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The Fall of Hong Kong, China’s Trade Middleman

Posted on October 06, 2020. Category: Trade Publications

The news of China's implementation of the national security law is not new, but the treatment of the once important sovereign state by world leaders is. Hong Kong is a trade hub between China and the rest of the world. It has been given special treatment by the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union as an autonomous zone.The United States was first on the list of superpowers to strip Hong Kong of its preferential treatment. Since the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992 and Hong Kong's release as a British territory in 1997, Hong Kong...

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