By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! We’ve rounded up some content for you as you wind down your work week. From record numbers of imports to home renovation start-ups going direct to consumer, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

Imports surge in race to beat tariffs | HBSDealer Staff: While some of the tension between the US and China has calmed down recently, imports have been at an all time high. Retailers hoping to head off the tariffs brought in record numbers of imported goods to ensure they arrived before tariffs could rise from 10% to a proposed 25%.

Surprise! Two-thirds of U.S. residents would have been happy to have their city win Amazon’s HQ2 | Rani Molla: Amazon’s decision to split HQ2 between two cities garnered a lot of media attention, much of it negative. Despite the press, the average American wasn’t that upset. Most people surveyed said they would have been excited about the opportunities that Amazon could have brought to their communities. This does highlight the fact that overall, American consumers think positively of Amazon.

This startup is on a mission to make home renovations easier | Diana Budds: We’ve seen the direct-to-consumer model take off for products like mattresses and furniture, and now it’s coming for home renovation as well. A start-up called Block is hoping to become a one-stop shop for renovations (currently just bathrooms) with everything from tiles to layouts to finishes pre-planned for consumers.

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