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ACWI Advance – August 1, 2022

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In this issue of ACWI Advance we take a closer look at these stories:

  • Packaging companies find it increasingly necessary to change with the times.
  • New guidelines explain when the FMLA applies to mental health conditions.
  • Expect staff turnover to continue, says talent solutions firm of Robert Half.
  • NHTSA adopts new truck rear underride guard standards similar to Canada’s
  • Growth in online grocery shopping triggers demand for cold storage space
  • Over a third of consumers cut back other spending to buy back-to-school items.

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Dealing With Packaging Changes

“Material availability disruptions, labor shortages, and transportation challenges will impact supply chain timelines for the foreseeable future,” predicts Lisa Pruett, president of RRD Packaging Solutions.

Nine out of 10 respondents indicate that recent disruptions to the global supply chain have caused their organizations to change how packaging is sourced; including 62% that have moved to greater diversification of suppliers.

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FMLA Mental Health Advice

“Mental and physical health conditions are considered serious health conditions under the FMLA if they require inpatient care or continuing treatment by a healthcare provider, such as an overnight stay in a treatment center for addiction or continuing treatment by a clinical psychologist.”

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Employees Look to Change Jobs

Those most likely to pursue new opportunities are: 25- to 40-year-olds (53%); technology professionals (52%); working parents (50%); and employees with their companies for 5 to 9 years (49%).

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US Adopts New Truck Bumpers

The agency said the upgraded protection will be help in crashes in which the passenger motor vehicle hits the center of the rear of the trailer or semi-trailer; and in which 50% of the width of the passenger motor vehicle overlaps the rear of the trailer or semi-trailer.

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Growth Forecast For Cold Storage

Overall, online penetration of total grocery sales reached almost 13% in 2021, up from 3% in 2019. This surging activity has driven the demand for new cold storage space. CBRE estimates the U.S. cold storage footprint to be about 225 million square feet, with a vacancy rate that mirrors the overall industrial sector at an historically tight 3.1%.

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School Retail Sales to Stay Strong

Since then, CBP has issued a detailed guidance for importers about how they can demonstrate the goods that are blocked by CBP should not be held up under the terms of the law.

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