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March 2019 News
Citing positive talks with Chinese officials, President Donald Trump delayed the March 1 deadline to increase tariffs on Chinese imports. This decision keeps the U.S. from increasing tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese exports from 10 percent to 25 percent.  Trump plans to meet with the Chinese President before the end of March to revisit this important issue.  This policy has significant importance for the domestic promotional products industry, which imports the vast majority of items sold stateside from China.

The Amazon Effect and eCommerce trends have had a major impact on buyer expectations in that most customers now expect the option for next day or 2-day delivery across domestic markets. Warehousing and manufacturing operations alike are investing in systems and equipment to meet the demands of new customer expectations that speed up the timelines for receiving, production and fulfillment.
To remain competitive in the current shipping environment, Fed Ex introduced FedEx Freight services for LTL (Less Than Truck Load) and full container deliveries.  Customers may now receive delivery one day earlier than standard delivery dates.  Morning delivery (by 10:30 am) will incur a $105 up-charge.  Afternoon delivery (by 5:00 pm) will incur an additional $89 up-charge.  Delivery dates are based on existing zone-to-zone transit time (other restrictions apply).
Sources: Advertising Specialty Institute, Federal Express, Promo Magazine, Wall Street Journal