Tariffs Shake Up the Supply Chain

Tariffs Shake Up the Supply Chain

December 9, 2018

U.S. tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods may lead to a permanent relocation of manufacturing companies from China to other Southeast Asian countries.

Some American businesses are looking at relocating manufacturing facilities to places like Thailand or the Philippines.  Some Chinese companies are also considering opening up operations outside their homeland.  One such business may build a massive tire factory in the Philippines to avoid U.S. tariffs.

Some speculate that the tariffs may lead to significant and permanent changes in the global supply chain.  Interestingly, however, Chinese exports were up by almost 16% in October, the first full month of tariff implementation, with companies rushing to send goods to the U.S. before the tariffs rise from 10 percent to 25 percent at the end of the year.


Video Spotlight: China’s exports are still soaring despite the trade war


This post is based on the Industry Week post, Manufacturing exit from China to dodge U.S. duties gains pace, by Angus Whitley, November 7, 2018, and the CNN article and video, China’s exports are still soaring despite the trade war, by Daniel Shane, November 8, 2018. Image source: Shutterstock / Nerthuz.

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Walmart Warehouse Workers to Receive STEM Education

Walmart Warehouse Workers to Receive STEM Education

December 4, 2018

Walmart is preparing to open a Supply Chain Academy for its warehouse workers.  The Academy would provide Walmart’s warehouse workers with a variety of knowledge, skill, and abilities. In addition to business acumen, and knowledge to be a good operator in the warehouse, they will study STEM topics (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

The hope is that Walmart Associates will grow with the evolution of the warehouse.  Today, most warehouse job are physically demanding.  However, as new technologies are added to the warehouse, the jobs will change and utilize more STEM knowledge.


Video Spotlight: Walmart Fulfillment Centers: Flexible Associates


This post is based on the Yahoo! Finance article, EXCLUSIVE: Walmart’s Grocery Warehouse Worker of the Future Will Have A STEM Background, by Julia La Roche, October 18, 2018, and the YouTube video, Walmart Fulfillment Centers: Flexible Associates by Walmart, May 30, 2017. Image source: Fuse/Getty Images.

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