Japan’s largest airline is expanding freighter services amid growing demand for cargo transportation between Asia and North America, including automobile parts from Japan and perishables from North America.
A shortage of corrugated material is requiring some suppliers to ship in boxes that may not be stackable. Such unstackable packaging should be clearly marked. In the interest of safety, we urge clients and our fulfillment partners to notify anyone involved in logistics operations to be mindful of the shortage and careful to heed warning labels that may appear on resin containers.
Logistics conditions remain strained, with trucking demand exceeding availability and continued congestion at ports due in part to operating challenges related to the pandemic. Clients are advised to provide expanded lead times on orders to help ensure delivery dates.
There were 50,584 new COVID-19 cases and 590 deaths in the U.S. yesterday. Over 126 million vaccine doses have been administered, with 13% of the population fully vaccinated.
U.S. health officials warned that AstraZeneca, which is seeking emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine, may have used outdated information in concluding the vaccine is 79% effective.
U.S. officials are concerned that Johnson & Johnson won’t meet its commitment to deliver 20 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the month, while AstraZeneca is under pressure in Europe for its production shortfalls.
Krispy Kreme will give away a free doughnut anytime someone flashes their COVID-19 vaccination card, while e-commerce rewards startup Drop will give $50 in points to users who share vaccination selfies.
The 14 biggest U.S. lenders slashed $99 billion from customer credit card spending limits last year, mostly affecting financially troubled households.
Scientists in Sweden have conceived an improved “massless structural” battery that can potentially serve as the structural frame for electric vehicles, replacing heavy, traditional lithium alternatives.
A Swiss researcher has developed an invisible lock system where switches are printed on a transparent polymer film using conductive ink.
More than 500 of Brazil’s top banking and finance executives issued an open letter to the government seeking more action to combat the pandemic as the nation’s COVID-19 cases surpassed 12 million yesterday, with virus fatalities quickly approaching 300,000.
Germany will go into “hard lockdown” for five days over Easter to reverse a third wave of COVID-19 largely spread by virulent mutations.
The number of people heading out to shops in the U.K. rose by 0.5% last week, the eighth rise in nine weeks as the end of pandemic restrictions draw near.
After contracting by 11% in 2020, Spain’s economy is poised for a 7.2% GDP rebound this year, one of the largest projected gains in Europe.
Germany’s economy is expected to shrink sharply this quarter amid continued coronavirus lockdowns affecting the nation’s services and construction industries.
European aviation stocks took steep hits yesterday amid concern over a third wave of COVID-19 and doubts surrounding the U.K.’s plans to restore travel.
The pandemic fueled a surge in PC sales last year:
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