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Education, Bias-Breaking Keys To Women's Rise In Supply Chain

January 26, 2015 4:56 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Women make up nearly half of the U.S. labor force, yet only one-fourth of supply chain jobs. With a supply chain labor shortage continuing to grow, women remain an untapped resource.                   

Wolseley Launches Commercial Vehicle Apprenticeship

January 21, 2015 9:44 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The program is part of a Wolseley investment initiative in its drivers, aiming to add training...

U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Drops 19 Percent November

January 14, 2015 3:26 pm | by United States Cutting Tool Institute and Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

Though the monthly volume was the lowest since 2013, the Association For Manufacturing...

Roll-Kraft Adds Fastenal Vending Machines

January 14, 2015 11:07 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

According to Roll-Kraft, the company's new...

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Fuel Prices Drive Import Index Further Down In December

January 14, 2015 10:22 am | by U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics | News | Comments

December's imports price decline was the biggest 1-month drop since December 2008, and was the sixth straight monthly decline overall.                                 

Port Officials Accuse Workers Of Slowdown Amid Labor Dispute

January 13, 2015 3:17 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter, Industrial Distribution | Blogs | Comments

Pacific Maritime Association officials say dock employees have withheld worker shifts since October, slowing productivity that could lead to a shutdown.                            

U.S. Wholesalers Boost Stockpiles In November

January 9, 2015 10:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The figure was the biggest uptick in stockpiles since a 1 percent jump in April, while wholesale sales dropped.                                       

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Predicting AmazonSupply In 2015

January 8, 2015 3:25 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Nearing 3 years since its debut, 2015 could be the year AmazonSupply becomes a juggernaut in the B2B marketplace.                                       

Stakeholders Call On President To Engage In West Coast Ports Contract Dispute

December 30, 2014 12:43 pm | by The National Retail Federation | News | Comments

After months of talks, the two sides have made very little progress, yet have succeeded in disrupting the global supply chain, increasing port congestion, and delaying shipments.            

APICS Indicates Positive Projections For Supply Chain Professionals In 2015

December 30, 2014 11:59 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

The growth in supply chain certifications as well as APICS memberships indicates that supply chain professionals and their employers will continue to employ APICS professional development, education, and certification to advance supply chain excellence.

Why The U.S. Will Power The World Economy In 2015

December 30, 2014 9:09 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

After long struggling to claw its way out of the Great Recession, the world's biggest economy is on an extended win streak that is edging it closer to full health. But the new year doesn't look quite so bright in other major countries.     

Holiday Deliveries Improve But Hiccups Continue

December 29, 2014 10:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After FedEx and UPS failed to deliver some presents in time for Christmas last year, the two package carriers improved their performance this holiday season.                           

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Federal Mediators Offer Help In Port Labor Dispute

December 23, 2014 11:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service said Tuesday it will reach out promptly to both sides.                                         

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 delivery services in Manhattan, such as grocers FreshDirect and Instacart, as well as Google Express, which delivers from a variety of retailers the same day.             

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, industrial manufacturing, and retail industries fueled the demand for new or expanded facilities in California, Kentucky, and Toronto, Canada.                   

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 their CEOs as to how they are prepared to deal with supply chain disruptions, the focus on risk mitigation has become raised on the priority list of supply chain executives.     

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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.             

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