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According to analysis from the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) Cheap Adidas Continental 80 kids , the average landed cost of footwear imports rose 4.2 percent, as volume fell at a faster pace than the value of shipments.This followed a similar pattern in apparel imports, where shipments from China and Mexico have been soft and have been linked to the U.S.-China tariff-fueled trade dispute. This is in addition to the uncertainty of Mexico’s duty-free status as the U.S., Mexico and Canada renegotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement into the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which is still pending legislative ratification.Several countries continue to benefit from the shifting trade winds, from Asia to Europe and the Western Hemisphere. Footwear imports fromVietnam, the No. 2 supplier, rose 8.7 percent in value to $1.12 billion in year-to-date comparisons — pushed by the biggest February on record Cheap Adidas NMD kids , FDRA noted.Among other Asian suppliers, Indonesia’s shipments increased 6.7 percent in the period to $271.94 million as imports from India rose 11.2 percent to $67.61 million and shipments from Cambodia were up 8.2 percent to $64.19 million.Upscale footwear supplier Italy saw its imports into the U.S. grow 4.4 percent to a value of $238.84 million, while Spain’s shipments stepped up 1.6 percent to $44.17 million and Germany’s declined 2.2 percent to $34.74 million. Rounding out the top 10, imports from Brazil jumped 27 percent to $39.82 million.Athletic footwearimports dropped 9.4 percent in February, according to FDRA’s analysis, as China’s shipments in the category fell by double digits. 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The chain has made a big push in recent years to innovate with new technologies in order to gain an advantage on rival Amazon, which has been establishing more of a physical presence beyond its pure-play roots.Automated kiosks, known as pick-up towers, have become a common fixture in some Walmart stores, but 900 new locations will be getting one of the self-service devices that facilitate the in-store pickup of orders placed through e-commerce.One bot cheap Nike sneakers , dubbed the Auto-C, is able to assume janitorial floor-cleaning duties, and 1,500 of these devices will soon be polishing Walmart store floors after an associate preps the machine and the area to be cleaned.Three hundred more shelf-scanning robots will keep an eye on product presentations to ensure items are where they’re supposed to be, available for purchase and listed for the correct price.Walmart’s Fast unloaders accelerate the process of getting shipments off a delivery truck and onto store shelves, sorting items according to designated priority levels and their associated department. This system syncs with the pickup towers to ensure click-and-collect orders are set for retrieval within the stipulated timeframe.A Walmart spokesperson said associates are being trained to operate the new machinery via virtual reality and brief video programming. Store management and associates will be briefed on how to work the robots, though the daily operation will fall to the latter.“The bots will save time and provide a true level of efficiency for the associate, and they will provide the products that the customers expect to find when they come in to our stores Cheap Nike Shoes ,” the spokesperson said.Last month, news broke that Walmart CTO Jeremy King was set to depart, calling into question whether the retailer will be able to sustain its tech-driven transformation.Editor’s Note: This story was reported by FN’s sister magazine Sourcing Journal. For more, visit Sourcingjournal.com.
 
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