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Sides 'Far Apart' In West Coast Port Negotiations

December 19, 2014 9:40 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Longshoremen have continued to work without a contract at 29 ports that are a vital trade link with Asia, though their employers say workers have deliberately slowed their pace over the past few months.             

Amazon Launches 1-Hour Shipping In Manhattan

December 18, 2014 4:13 pm | by Sarah Skidmore Sell, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The service faces tough competition from other...

UPS Expands 4 North American Distribution Facilities

December 16, 2014 2:50 pm | by UPS | News | Comments

Rapid growth of customers in the high-tech,...

5 Ways To Mitigate Supply Chain Risks

December 12, 2014 10:31 am | by Rich Thompson, Managing Director, JLL Supply Chain and Logistics Solutions | Articles | Comments

With many Boards of Directors asking questions of...

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U.S. Import, Export Prices Drop In November

December 11, 2014 1:15 pm | by U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics | News | Comments

Falling fuel prices drove down export prices of nonagricultural industrial supplies, while lower metals prices dropped the cost on imports of nonfuel industrial supplies.                       

The ABC’s Of Vendor Managed Inventory

December 4, 2014 10:22 am | by Tariq Choudry, E2open Vice President, Americas, Field Operations. | Articles | Comments

A look at how the customer/supplier relationship should work in order for both parties to get the most out of their VMI relationship.                               

West Coast Port Slowdown Won't Halt Holiday Goods

December 2, 2014 3:45 pm | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top issues include truckers who don't get paid as much because they are hauling fewer loads and importers who are being charged fees to store containers in dockside yards.                       


C.H. Robinson To Acquire Freightquote

December 2, 2014 10:06 am | by C.H. Robinson | News | Comments

The addition of the internet-based freight broker will increase C.H. Robinson's market share with small businesses and significantly expand its presence in the Kansas City market.                   

Distributors Brace For Another Harsh Winter

December 2, 2014 9:17 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Hear from several industrial suppliers, including two of ID's Big 50 companies, on how last year's polar vortex affected operations and what they've done to prepare for a possible repeat of last winter.             

Manufacturing Expansion Slows In November

December 1, 2014 12:53 pm | by Institute For Supply Management | News | Comments

November's PMI is slightly lower than October's, indicating continued expansion at a reduced rate.                                           

National Oilwell Varco’s Inventory Center Revamps Efficiency

November 26, 2014 10:07 am | by National Oilwell Varco | Articles | Comments

Learn how NOV reduced the size of the inventory center by 82 percent in its new building, is filling orders 64 percent faster, and can easily provide lot tracking when necessary.                     

Shipping Giants Learn From 2013 Holiday Blunders

November 21, 2014 12:01 pm | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

This year, nearly 3.5 million more Americans are expected to join those already shopping online. That's putting more pressure on the nation's delivery services, and they're trying to avoid last year's debacle.


Port Labor Battle Could Slow Holiday Shipments

November 17, 2014 1:46 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

There are growing concerns that a slowdown at one of the country's busiest ports in Long Beach could hit holiday shipments. Business could come to a halt on the West coast, as a battle threatens to stop crucial imports.        

Retail Imports Set Records Despite Continuing Port Issues

November 13, 2014 12:55 pm | by National Retail Federation | News | Comments

Cargo volume has been well above average each month since spring as retailers have imported merchandise early in case of any disruption on the docks.                             

September Wholesale Revenues, Inventories Post Modest Gain

November 13, 2014 10:52 am | by U.S. Census Bureau | News | Comments

The figures include a healthy sales increase for hardware, plumbing, heating equipment, and supplies, while lumber and other construction materials had a small gain.                         

2 Sides Keep Negotiating West Coast Ports Contract

November 12, 2014 11:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As importers struggle to get their products from massive ships docking at West Coast ports onto store shelves, dockworkers and their employers are negotiating a new contract.             

Praxair Signs Long-Term Contract For Hydrogen Supply

November 12, 2014 11:45 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Praxair, Inc. announced it has signed a long-term contract to provide hydrogen to Repsol, one of the world’s largest producers of petrochemicals.                  


Metso To Increase Its Footprint In The Middle East

November 11, 2014 10:38 am | by Metso Corporation | News | Comments

Metso is opening new sales offices and service centers in the Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and Doha, Qatar, to support the strategy to grow its valve and field device business and to strengthen its service capabilities in the Middle East for the petrochemical, energy, oil and gas, and pulp and paper industries.

Businesses Urge Presidential Involvement In Port Dispute

November 7, 2014 11:06 am | by National Retail Federation | News | Comments

105 organizations signed a letter highlighting the crises-level congestion caused by prolonged contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.           

In House Vs. Outsourced Fleet Management

November 4, 2014 10:50 am | by Robert Hall, President, Track Your Truck | Articles | Comments

Should you hire an on-site fleet manager, or use a company? There are good arguments on both sides, but no one solution fits all.                                   

3 Ways To Improve Accuracy In Your Supply Chain

October 31, 2014 2:35 pm | by Columbus | Articles | Comments

Innovative companies newly envision how they manage changes in their supply chain and business operations.                                         

Supply Chain Stakeholders Urge Quick Resolution To West Coast Port Talks

October 21, 2014 4:47 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The National Retail Federation has stressed to workers and management of West Coast Ports that ongoing contract negotiations will continue to have negative effects on the U.S. supply chain and economy.              

Canadian Wholesale Sales Edge Up In August

October 20, 2014 1:53 pm | by Statistics Canada | News | Comments

Gains in three subsectors, in particular the machinery, equipment and supplies subsector, more than offset declines elsewhere.                                   

Atlas Products Supplier Collaboration Chosen By Office Depot

October 15, 2014 10:44 am | by HighJump Software | News | Comments

The Atlas supplier enablement network provides Office Depot with an electronic platform for collaboration and commerce with over 4,000 suppliers of goods-for-resale products.                     

Barcoding, Inc. Highlights Enterprise Efficiency, Accuracy, Connectivity At Executive Forum 4

October 14, 2014 12:10 pm | by Barcoding, Inc. | News | Comments

Bringing together leaders in the mobile technology and supply chain spaces, the systems integrator’s fourth annual event was its most successful to date.                           

Extended LEAN Supply Chain Best Practices

October 10, 2014 2:26 pm | by Eric Lail | Articles | Comments

In a LEAN culture, every step in the process must add value for the customer. If it doesn’t add value, companies should strive to minimize or eliminate it.                           

U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Climb In August, Sales Fall

October 9, 2014 10:25 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Wholesale companies restocked their warehouses in August at the fastest pace since April, while sales fell by the most since January.                                 

U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Down 2.7 Percent In August

October 9, 2014 9:24 am | by Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

The decline is attributed to a typical August slowdown due to summer holidays and automotive model change-overs.                                       

Study: Omni-Channel Retailing Driving Third-Party Logistics Opportunity

October 7, 2014 2:04 pm | by Capgemini Consulting | News | Comments

With consumers looking for always-on shopping opportunities, retailers are starting to invest in technology, supply chain resources, and fulfillment strategies that will provide a seamless experience across all retail sales channels.  

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