Andy Szal
Digital Reporter

Andy Szal writes about manufacturing, technology, energy, food, labor and regulatory issues for Advantage Business Media's manufacturing group. He previously spent nearly 10 years covering politics and business issues in Madison, Wisconsin.

The system could make Amazon even more efficient as it seeks to keep up with the growing demands of e-commerce, but it could also curb the number of human...
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2.1.2017
11:41am
Some small businesses are warning that a tax reform proposal under consideration in Congress could force them to cut jobs or go out of business altogether.
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1.31.2017
9:13am
The Wall Street Journal, citing shipping documents reviewed by Ocean Audit, reported that Amazon Logistics helped ship at least 150 cargo containers from China...
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1.30.2017
9:24am
President Donald Trump told prominent U.S. manufacturers this week that his administration hopes to "cut regulations by 75 percent, maybe more"...
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1.27.2017
9:08am
Amazon executives reportedly hope to dramatically expand the e-retailer's reach into the retail auto parts market with a slew of recent agreements with...
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1.25.2017
9:24am
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The Wall Street Journal reports that more than a dozen prominent U.S. oil producers released 2017 budgets that, on average, called for a 60 percent increase in...
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1.24.2017
9:08am
Though the layoffs would impact less than 1 percent of Lowe's total workforce, reports say the company is altering the roles and responsibilities of other...
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1.16.2017
9:29am
The Seattle Times reported that the e-retailer deployed about 45,000 robots in its distribution centers during the 2016 holiday season. That's up from...
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1.13.2017
9:05am
Staples hopes that its new software systems will allow business customers to order supplies with the touch of a button — then automatically identify...
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1.9.2017
9:05am
A stronger U.S. dollar helped curb growth in the nation's manufacturing sector in recent years, and analysts suggested that a recent spike in its value...
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1.4.2017
9:00am
The U.S. saw a slight increase in workplace fatalities last year, but the numbers improved in the wholesale sector according to a recent report from the U.S....
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12.23.2016
1:32pm
Amazon reportedly hopes to launch an app next summer that aims to eliminate the market for brokers who currently match shippers with drivers.
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12.22.2016
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The trucking sector struggled with weak demand and excess capacity in recent months, but The Wall Street Journal reports that orders for large trucks increased...
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12.8.2016
9:03am
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Companies in the sprawling Los Angeles metro area are building new warehouses to accommodate growing demand from e-commerce. But advances in automation and...
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12.6.2016
9:31am
The new leader of UPS's technology initiatives said recently that the company could eventually complement its current delivery operations with autonomous...
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11.30.2016
4:09pm
Emphasizing anti-counterfeiting as a top priority for 2017, Amazon teams will reportedly encourage more brands to register with Amazon, which will enable the e...
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11.30.2016
9:13am
Bloomberg reports that Amazon's Seller Fulfilled Prime program is an easy way for Amazon to add warehouse and delivery operations as it struggles to keep...
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11.22.2016
9:15am
A recent analysis found that fraud-related costs equated to nearly 9 percent of e-commerce revenue — and rising.
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11.8.2016
10:34am
Citing a need to build up instead of out due to diminishing available warehouse space, Prologis will begin construction on a three-story, 580,000-square foot...
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11.2.2016
12:56pm
Analysts told the Wall Street Journal that although the increase could quell fears of an economic slowdown, the country's weak growth pattern should...
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11.1.2016
1:05pm
Trucking companies hope that a pair of forthcoming reports will provide a jolt of good news for their ailing industry heading into 2017.
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11.1.2016
10:38am
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A USA Today review of Amazon's financials from the U.S. Commerce Department found that items sold by the company comprised about 15 percent of overall e-...
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10.25.2016
12:06am
Shareholders of Milwaukee mining equipment manufacturer Joy Global this week approved the proposed acquisition of the company by Japanese equipment giant...
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10.21.2016
9:49am
The parcel delivery giant said that the trucks, produced by Workhorse Group, will provide about four times the fuel economy of a conventional gasoline truck.
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10.13.2016
3:16pm
Warehousing and storage companies continued to make hiring gains ahead of the holiday push, while transporation jobs and truck orders continued their downward...
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10.10.2016
3:06pm
Amazon.com said last year that its delivery drones would be ready to be deployed as soon as federal regulators allow them. A report in The Wall Street Journal...
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9.30.2016
5:19pm
Amazon.com already aspires to quickly bring millions of everyday items right to customers' doorsteps, but the company is also apparently interested a...
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9.29.2016
10:01am
Slow demand for metal-cutting equipment in recent years led to sharply reduced prices at this month's machining industry trade show.
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9.28.2016
9:00am
A New England grocery billionaire believes that his side business could upend the warehouse and distribution industry within five years.
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9.22.2016
9:30am
Multiple reports last week indicated that Prentis Wilson, the chief of Amazon Business, identified Grainger and office supply giant Staples as his division...
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9.19.2016
9:55am
Linde AG and Praxair announced Monday that preliminary discussions about a merger between the industrial gas giants have been terminated.
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9.13.2016
10:53am
The growth of e-commerce may be revolutionizing how retailers are organizing their supply chains, but the shipping industry evidently has yet to catch up.
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9.6.2016
10:26am
Amazon.com recently began a concerted effort to crack down on the sale of counterfeit goods by its third-party sellers, but some merchants are worried that the...
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8.31.2016
2:10pm
The Wall Street Journal reports that draft legislation by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., would attempt to finally address how states could collect sales tax on...
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8.29.2016
5:12pm
Janet Yellen was reportedly largely optimistic about the U.S. economy, but did not indicate when the Fed would seek to hike rates for just the second time...
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8.26.2016
2:53pm
As China looks to prevent the spread of the Zika virus to its shores, U.S. shipping companies could be forced to pay millions more to send exports across the...
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8.26.2016
1:50pm
The analysis by market research firm eMarketer projected that e-commerce sales would increase at a rate of 23.7 percent this year and would continue "...
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8.25.2016
10:35am
The rules, which apply to model years 2021 through 2027, would reportedly require efficiency improvements from 2.5 percent for large pickups and vans to 25...
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8.18.2016
9:08am
The dockworkers union's current contract — agreed to in early 2015 and not set to expire until 2019 — was signed months after the previous deal lapsed in...
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8.17.2016
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