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  • Thu, September 16, 2021 2:02 PM | Marianne Rowden (Administrator)

    WTO -

    Participants in e-commerce negotiations welcomed two more clean articles — on open government data and online consumer protection — at a meeting on 13 September.

    Ambassador George Mina of Australia said the two articles were “foundational” for the initiative. He said the high-quality text achieved in both cases reflected the perspectives of a diverse range of developed and developing countries, and thanked New Zealand, Japan and Hong Kong, China for leading the negotiating groups on these issues.

    See full article at: https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news21_e/jsec_12sep21_e.htm

  • Thu, September 16, 2021 12:01 PM | Marianne Rowden (Administrator)

    Bloomberg Businessweek -

    It’s mid-August, and logistics manager RoxAnne Thomas’s phone won’t stop pinging. Her faucets, sinks, and toilets are waylaid near Shanghai, snagged in Vancouver, and buried under a pile of shipping containers in a rail yard outside Chicago. As U.S. transportation manager for Gerber Plumbing Fixtures LLC, a unit of Taiwan’s Globe Union Industrial Corp. that’s based in Woodridge, Ill., Thomas is trying to overcome the biggest shock wave to unsettle global trade since the dawn of container shipping almost seven decades ago.

    The pandemic has thrown the vital but usually humdrum world of logistics into a tailspin, spurring shortages of everything: masks and vaccine vials, semiconductors, plastic polymers, bicycles, and even baseball bobbleheads. For Thomas it’s complicated the shipment of about 10,000 20-foot containers of bathroom equipment she brings into the U.S. each year from China and Mexico, but it has also revealed a bigger, structural challenge.

    See articles at: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2021-09-16/supply-chain-issues-shortages-and-delayed-shipping-through-2023?utm_campaign=news&utm_medium=bd&utm_source=applenews

  • Wed, September 15, 2021 12:51 PM | Marianne Rowden (Administrator)

    GeekWire -

    Stuart Applebaum has heard the argument before. That, perversely, a union organizer should quietly root against non-union higher wages or better working conditions because it makes activating workers toward unionization more difficult because they have less to fight for.

    But Applebaum, the union boss who is trying to organize Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Ala., doesn’t buy that theory. Which is why he was excited when he saw that California lawmakers have attempted to put into law the same work-rate protections he’s been pushing for workers in the Deep South.

    See article at: https://www.geekwire.com/2021/california-legislation-aid-amazon-warehouse-workers-wont-replace-ongoing-unionization-efforts/

  • Wed, September 15, 2021 10:55 AM | Marianne Rowden (Administrator)


    With the holidays and the year’s peak shipping season fast approaching, Amazon and the U.S. Postal Service are racing to hire thousands of workers.

    The postal service is hosting a series of job fairs this month throughout Southern California to hire for 4,000 local positions, according to spokeswoman Evelina Ramirez.

    See article at: https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/09/15/amazon-us-postal-service-hiring-spree-holiday-season/

  • Mon, September 13, 2021 12:45 PM | Marianne Rowden (Administrator)

    CNN - 

    Shares in Alibaba slumped again on Monday after the Financial Times reported that Beijing is planning to break up Alipay, the hugely popular payment app owned by its financial affiliate, Ant Group.

    But that wasn't the only piece of news that led to the stock's decline. Investors are also concerned that Beijing is intensifying its ongoing crackdown on big tech, after regulators ordered internet firms — including Alibaba and Tencent — to stop blocking rivals' links on their platforms.

    See full article at: https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/other/alipay-alibaba-stock-tumbles-after-report-says-beijing-wants-to-break-up-popular-payment-app/ar-AAOnQix?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531

  • Sun, September 05, 2021 7:04 PM | Anonymous

    The Current and Future State of E-commerce | e-Commerce News HQ (ecommercenewshq.com)

    The e-Commerce time line moved up significantly in just a few months by the Covid-19 epidemic...Many are struggling to understand this new world we live in but one thing is clear.  No business has a choice anymore.  You will either make the shift or struggle to keep up long after the effects of the epidemic have worn off. 

  • Sun, September 05, 2021 6:21 PM | Marianne Rowden (Administrator)

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, Asia eCommerce Week will not take place as planned from 17 to 21 October 2021. UNCTAD looks forward to welcoming you to future editions of eCommerce Week.

    See UNCTAD website:  https://unctad.org/meeting/cancelled-asia-ecommerce-week-shaping-digital-economy-all

  • Sun, September 05, 2021 5:28 PM | Marianne Rowden (Administrator)

    If you are interested in participating the WTO's Public Forum (scheduled for September 28-October 1, 2021), please note the following registration deadlines:

    • In-person Registration:  September 6, 2021
    • Virtual Participation Registration:  September 27, 2021
    The theme of the WTO's Public Forum is "Trade Beyond COVID-19: Building Resilience."  For more information, please see 


  • Sat, September 04, 2021 9:00 AM | Marianne Rowden (Administrator)

    CNBC -

    Amazon is on a spending spree to grow its shipping business and isn’t content with only delivering products purchased on its own site. The company is now moving cargo for outside customers in its latest move to compete directly with FedEx and UPS.

    The full article can be found at: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/04/how-amazon-is-shipping-for-third-parties-to-compete-with-fedex-and-ups.html

  • Sat, September 04, 2021 8:41 AM | Marianne Rowden (Administrator)

    CNBC -

    Over the years, Amazon has built up an army of warehouses, shipping hubs, delivery vans and trucks to ensure it can meet its Prime pledge of delivery in two days or less.

    See full article at: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/04/map-of-amazon-air-locations-.html

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