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Cargo Backlog Grows On West Coast Ports

February 27, 2015 3:11 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

There are 36 ships anchored offshore waiting to get into the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Despite a new contract for dockworkers, there's still an enormous backlog of cargo waiting to be shipped overseas.

FedEx Plans Massive Distribution Center For NE Pennslyvania

February 27, 2015 9:35 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The new DC would be more than triple the size of FedEx Ground's existing location in ...

How Did West Coast Ports Get So Jammed? And What Comes Next?

February 25, 2015 1:06 pm | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

With the contract impasse resolved, here are some questions and answers about the what's needed...

Demand For Power Transmission & Distribution Equipment To Pass $33B Through 2019

February 25, 2015 9:44 am | by ReportBuyer | News | Comments

Increasing electricity generation by independent power producers and nonutility generators will...

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4 Ways To Integrate Supply Chain Projects With Corporate Initiatives

February 24, 2015 9:00 am | by Godfrey Huguley, Solutions Consultant, TAKE Supply Chain | Articles | Comments

When you can demonstrate that your supply chain improvement project supports or drives forward a corporate initiative, it becomes much easier to secure the broader based support and resources needed for implementation. Let’s look at some common initiatives your supply chain can support.

Ports Increasingly Bustling Again After Tentative Labor Deal

February 23, 2015 11:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 1,000 dockworker assignments were filled Sunday at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, more than double the number of recent Sundays. More than 2,000 were expected to be filled on Monday.

With Deal, West Coast Seaports Tackle Huge Cargo Backlog

February 22, 2015 10:00 pm | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

The volume of cargo that West Coast dockworkers and their employers must clear, now that they've reached a tentative contract agreement Friday evening, is staggering. Put in a line, the containers would stretch 579 miles.

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Tentative Contract Reached In West Coasts Ports Dispute

February 22, 2015 9:47 pm | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

The five-year deal, reached Friday evening, likely ends a protracted labor dispute that snarled international trade at seaports handling about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually.

Perez Gives 2 Sides In West Coast Port Talks Friday Deadline

February 20, 2015 9:42 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. labor official Thomas Perez told the two sides Thursday night that if they don't reach an agreement by Friday, they'll have to leave California and negotiate in Washington.

Epicor Acquires Shipping Solutions Business From Insite Software

February 19, 2015 12:38 pm | by Epicor | News | Comments

The InsiteShip and InsiteManifest integrated shipping and fulfillment software solutions strengthen Epicor's supply chain capabilities and cloud ERP strategy.

Employers Appeal To Longshoremen In West Coast Port Fight

February 19, 2015 10:23 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a move likely to upset union leaders who were negotiating behind closed doors under a media blackout, the employers distributed letters with a "last, best, and final" contract offer to rank-and-file longshoremen at ports from Los Angeles to Washington state.

Labor Disputes Roil Canadian Rail Industry

February 19, 2015 9:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter, Industrial Distribution | News | Comments

The contract between the Unifor union and CN Rail, the country's largest rail company, expired at the end of last year, and talks have not resulted in progress toward a new agreement.

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Supply Chain Consumers Hope White House Involvement Speeds Up Port Labor Negotiations

February 18, 2015 11:13 am | by Fox News | Videos | Comments

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez meets with negotiators for both the dockworkers' union and maritime association for a second straight day Wednesday in San Francisco to try and resolve a stalemate between dockworkers and their employers.

U.S. Labor Official Sent To Untangle West Coast Port Dispute

February 17, 2015 10:55 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez plans to meet Tuesday in San Francisco with negotiators for both the dockworkers' union and the maritime association.

U.S. Import & Export Prices Have Bigger Drop in January

February 17, 2015 10:04 am | by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | News | Comments

The drop in import prices was 47 percent bigger in January than December, while the price index for U.S. exports has not recorded a monthly advance since July.

Retailers Fret As Products Languish On Ships, Docks At Ports

February 13, 2015 11:23 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The critical gateways for international trade have become more like parking lots for massive cargo ships that haul a you-name-it selection of consumer goods made in Asia and return there with U.S. exports.

Supply Chain Associations Express Support Of Small Business Tax Relief Act

February 13, 2015 10:52 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

ISA is one of 174 organizations that signed a letter sent to Congressional sponsors of the bill by the National Federation of Independent Business, expressing support of the effort to restore the small business expensing level to $500,000.

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ID's Top 5 Of The Week

February 13, 2015 10:12 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

ID Big 50 List companies Anixter, Fastenal and Grainger dominated this week's Top 5, while news of shutdowns of the West Coast Ports continue to be hot items.

West Coast Ports Shut Down During Holiday Weekend

February 12, 2015 12:41 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Industrial Distribution | News | Comments

The Pacific Maritime Association said loading and unloading at its 29 West Coast ports would be suspended Thursday, along with both days during the weekend and Presidents Day on Monday.

Portland To Lose Largest Shipper Due To West Coast Port Problems

February 11, 2015 4:32 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Industrial Distribution | Blogs | Comments

Shipping giant Hanjin said the company can't afford the expense of operating in Portland, one of 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast locked in an ugly labor dispute.

The Cost Of The West Coast Port Clog

February 11, 2015 10:04 am | by World News | Videos | Comments

Jon Slangerup, Port of Long Beach CEO, discusses the impact of the port slowdown on U.S. businesses.

Robots Replacing Human Factory Workers At Faster Pace

February 10, 2015 11:30 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Only 10 percent of jobs that can be automated have already been taken by robots. By 2025, the machines will comprise more than 23 percent of the market, Boston Consulting forecasts.                         

West Coast Ports Resume Operations After Weekend Shutdown

February 9, 2015 10:23 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

With no new labor contract agreed upon, the standoff between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union took yet another turn for the worse.                   

West Coast Port Shutdown Could Be Days Away

February 5, 2015 11:10 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The Pacific Maritime Association has put its final offer on the table, and issued a dire warning of an imminent port shutdown if the dock workers don't accept.                          

E2open Bought By Private Equity Firm For $273M

February 5, 2015 10:03 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Insight Venture Partners will pay a 41 percent premium over E2open's Wednesday closing stock, which has declined 74 percent in the past 12 months.                             

Port Congestion: What's Really Going On?

February 4, 2015 1:44 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation | Videos | Comments

Nightly Business Report visits a port dispatch hall to ask longshoreman what they think the key issues in the West Coast Port congestion really are.                             

U.S. Factory Orders Dropped In December

February 3, 2015 12:23 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Demand for primary metals and machinery both showed drops, leading a fifth consecutive month of factory orders decline.                                     

January U.S. Manufacturing Expansion Was Slowest In A Year

February 2, 2015 2:29 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The latest monthly reading from the Institute of Supply Management showed a third straight drop and lowest since January 2014, though it still indicated expansion.                         

Why Cheap Oil Hasn't Really Helped Distributors

January 28, 2015 3:09 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Industrial Distribution | Blogs | Comments

Gas near or below $2 a gallon has been a major boost for consumers' wallets, but it hasn't had quite the same effect on distributors' fleet costs.                             

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