After a year of fluctuations driven by the uncertainty of the trade dispute with China, volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to return to its usual seasonal patterns during the first few months of 2020, according to the Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
The National Retail Federation and other associations welcomed news that the U.S. and China have agreed on a “phase one” trade deal, according to recent media reports.
Volume at the nation’s major container ports bumped up significantly in November as retailers imported merchandise ahead of new tariffs set to take effect this month, according to the Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
Alibaba kicked off its 11.11 Global Shopping Festival on November 11 at midnight in China, and, in the first minute and eight seconds, gross merchandise volume (GMV) settled through the Alipay service reached $1 billion. In the festival’s first hour, Alipay GMV reached $12 billion.
Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to hit their highest level of the year in November just before additional tariffs take effect in December, according to the Global Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
The Universal Postal Union, in an Extraordinary Congress, has given the United States the go-ahead to raise postal shipping rates on packages under 4.4 pounds, and end a break that gave international firms a big advantage over domestic companies in moving small-item packages.
The impact of tariffs on consumer purchase decisions will vary from product to product based on whether shoppers view an item as a necessity or a luxury, according to the results of a recent study by The NPD Group.
As it reported second quarter results, Dorel Industries said that it is doing its best to shrug off the effects of tariffs imposed on China by the U.S. as it drives top-line growth and makes adjustments to boost the bottom line.
Importers of Chinese made goods, including many product suppliers in housewares, will be facing a new round of tariffs beginning in September.
Walmart plans to increase its investment in its supply chain logistics in China by about $1.2 billion, building or upgrading more than 10 logistics distribution centers over the next 10 to 20 years.
The topic of tariffs is one that is dominating conversations across the housewares landscape as retailers and suppliers work to develop solutions to deal with looming price increases that are expected to touch nearly every segment in the industry.
President Donald Trump has delayed a new round of tariffs that would have put a 25% surcharge on an additional $300 billion worth of products made in China, which would have included a broad range of housewares.
After a seven-year investigation, Walmart has entered into a global settlement with the United States Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the company’s compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the retailer announced.