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No Joke: Amazon's Dash Button Enables One-Push Ordering

March 31, 2015 4:44 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

It's not an April Fools' joke. The dream of pressing a button to restock items is now a reality with Amazon's latest product ordering development. What future implications could it have?

$20 Oil Could Be A Reality If This Happens

March 25, 2015 10:04 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

The U.S. is pumping so much oil it's running out of places to stash it, and that could have a...

ProMat - March 23-26

March 17, 2015 2:24 pm | by ProMat | Events

Discover the latest solutions to move your business forward as the industry's leading innovators...

Barcoding, Inc. Launches Supply Chain Architecture Practice

March 10, 2015 10:34 am | by Barcoding, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new offering is a dedicated practice for the identification, formulation, and...

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Truckload Freight And Rates Dipped Seasonally In February

March 10, 2015 9:57 am | by DAT Solutions | News | Comments

Freight volume was 6 percent lower than January, and 37 percent lower than Polar Vortex-filled February 2014.

This Software Will Mitigate Your Operational Disruptions

March 5, 2015 8:30 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

In the wake of the West Coast ports fiasco, BoldIQ wants to bring its operations optimization engine to supply chain organizations after past and ongoing success with aviation providers.

E-Commerce Shaping Material Handling In 2015

March 4, 2015 8:25 am | by Bob Liebe and Chris Capshaw, Division Presidents at Wynright Corporation | Articles | Comments

Orders are no longer standardized, retailers demand more value-added services, and customers expect to receive products faster than ever. Now is the time to examine how B2B will continue to shape material handling trends this year.

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ISM: Manufacturing Takes Slight Hit From West Coast Port Dispute, Weather

March 3, 2015 11:35 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The backlog of goods at West Coast Ports cut down new orders, while the rising strength of the U.S. dollar also impacted exports.

Shipping Rate Changes And The Bottom Line

March 3, 2015 8:40 am | by Mike Kuebler, Technical Director of Distribution and Package Testing, Smithers Pira | Articles | Comments

Major parcel carriers, including UPS and FedEx, have changed the way they charge for U.S. ground shipments weighing less than 150 pounds in 2015. What does it mean for your business?

Gas Prices Soar In California As Supply Shrinks

March 2, 2015 10:52 am | by Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press | News | Comments

Exxon Mobil gas production has been reduced after an explosion at one refinery and labor unrest at another, resulting in a 25 cent-per-gallon increase in less than a week.

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 Pittston.

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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 to clear up the ports' massive backlog, and the next steps for the labor deal.

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 require heavy investment by firms to protect sensitive industrial machinery, and connect new facilities to the grid.

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.

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.

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.

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