Oil prices fell by around 2.5 percent at the start of this week, largely due to President Trump tariff threats against China. However, the U.S. sending out warships to the Middle East, possibly an escalation amidst growing tensions with Iran, can further create volatility in oil prices. This development comes in after the waivers given on sanctions expired last week, with the U.S. continuing efforts to drive Iranian oil exports to zero.
However, if the U.S. government wants to keep crude oil prices low, mounting an offensive against Iran could be counterproductive. But going by the market volatility, it looks like creating new trade tariffs weakens oil prices, while sanctions like the one in Iran and the Venezuela crisis seems to be boosting rates. The U.S. needs to walk a tightrope, balancing its trade tariff discussions with the sanctions it levies on Iran, while also making sure its shale oil production levels reach greater heights and help supplement any reduction in global oil production.
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CBRE predicts warehouses and distribution centers will add 452,000 workers by next year — and much of that growth will be closer to big cities, as companies invest more and more money in fast delivery.
”Markets had expected a quick agreement, and now seem shocked by the possibility of a prolonged economic conflict.”
– Brock Silvers, CEO of Kaiyuan Capital, a Shanghai-based advisory firm, while commenting on Chinese share prices sinking by nearly 6 percent this Monday following President Trump’s tariffs threat.
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A lot has been spoken about drone deliveries, but as it is with autonomous driving technology, drones might be a great idea across certain use cases, and not be cut out for the rest. For instance, drones can be used to haul emergency medicines to regions that are not connected by road — like in a desert or a mountainous area. However, drones might not be a great option to work as a last-mile delivery system for the ecommerce supply chain, especially in urban spaces.
For one, drones create tremendous noise when they fly, and with products likely flying in every minute, the noise levels within relatively dense neighborhoods will be unbearable – similar to living next to a train hub or an airport. Constant exposure to noise would also affect the physical and mental health of people who live in the region.
Though the advancements in battery technology do allow drones to use electric motors rather than the gasoline ones, the buzzing noise that a drone creates due to its high-frequency rotors will still be present. Also, there always is the possibility of territorial birds identifying drones as intruders and turning aggressive – only to get injured or down the drone.
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