Andy Szal
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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.

Amazon is reportedly conducting a pilot test of its own delivery service and hopes to expand across the U.S. beginning next year in a move likely to draw into...
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10.6.2017
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Chicago and its suburbs are leading the nation's industrial real estate surge, according to findings from a top commercial real estate firm.
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9.27.2017
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Trucking industry observers warn that forthcoming trucking safety regulations could worsen an existing shortage of drivers.
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9.20.2017
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Warehouse developers are increasingly factoring a tight labor market into their site selection decisions, with labor force potential as one of the key...
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8.23.2017
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Georgia officials last week fined industrial gas giant Airgas more than $300,000 for its role in a deadly gas leak at an Augusta sperm bank in February.
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8.18.2017
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President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he would disband two manufacturing advisory panels amid the firestorm surrounding his comments about white...
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8.16.2017
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Federal and state transportation officials suggest that truckers should be prepared for darkened midday skies during next Monday's solar eclipse. But some...
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8.15.2017
9:13am
As consumers increasingly embrace online shopping, Amazon grows into an even more powerful force in the retail sector. But numerous businesses are resisting...
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8.11.2017
9:24am
Companies under increasing pressure to store and ship more goods in a tough labor market are toying with smaller robots in the hopes that they help their...
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8.8.2017
9:47am
An insurance company official warns that many businesses fail to plan for one of the largest — and growing — threats to their supply chains: the weather.
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7.26.2017
9:00am
Trump administration officials reportedly withdrew hundreds of proposed federal rules in the president's first five months in office.
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7.21.2017
9:48am
Walmart reportedly hopes that a system of fines will help keep its suppliers' deliveries on schedule.
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7.18.2017
9:10am
A recent analysis suggests that government jobs data is significantly underestimating the number of jobs created by the e-commerce boom in recent years.
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7.18.2017
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Hardware store chain True Value Co. is reportedly considering putting itself on the block as part of a strategic evaluation, and Ace Hardware appears to be...
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7.13.2017
1:21pm
Recent analysis by security software firm Trend Micro found that the software used to operate industrial robots is often outdated, reliant on weak...
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7.13.2017
9:18am
The Wall Street Journal reports that a new Kentucky law will enable UPS to use retrofitted golf carts to complement its current delivery fleet, but drivers...
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7.6.2017
5:00pm
The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the matter, reported that Sycamore Partners plans to split Staples into U.S. retail, Canadian retail and...
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6.30.2017
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Amazon is reportedly considering innovative ways to facilitate drone-enabled package delivery even in densely populated urban areas, filing a patent for a...
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6.27.2017
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Three years after crude oil prices hit their apex, the industry finally appears to be adjusted to a new normal of significantly lower prices.
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6.22.2017
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Walmart has begun a pilot program at three stores that allows its employees to sign up to deliver online orders to customers' homes on their own drives...
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6.6.2017
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A newly released report anticipates that the global market for protective clothing will accelerate in coming years amid growing industrial activity and more...
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6.2.2017
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Industrial gas giants Linde and Praxair edged closer to their long-sought merger this week, although significant hurdles still remain.
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5.25.2017
9:50am
Amazon's recently announced expansion in Australia is poised to bolster its e-commerce empire in yet another of the world's largest economies.
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5.23.2017
9:07am
Staples this week announced a rebranding effort that for the first time seeks to target customers beyond its retail operations. In addition to retail customers...
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5.5.2017
9:58am
The race to develop self-driving technology reportedly has another entrant: Amazon.
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5.1.2017
9:55am
The Trump administration on Wednesday outlined what proponents hope will be the first overhaul of the nation's tax code in more than three decades.
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4.27.2017
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Federal investigators believe that an overheated pump triggered a fatal explosion at an Airgas facility in Florida last summer, according to a 146-page report...
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4.21.2017
10:57am
President Donald Trump said last week that the dollar is "getting too strong" and that he prefers "a low interest rate policy" as the...
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4.17.2017
10:53am
A warehouse building boom — and a scarcity of available workers to staff them — reportedly resulted in the largest wage increase among warehouse workers in...
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4.13.2017
9:11am
Amazon will attempt to persuade several prominent companies to completely overhaul their retail strategies during a meeting in its native Seattle next month,...
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4.7.2017
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A top official at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration during the Obama administration recently began publicizing penalties levied by OSHA after...
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4.6.2017
9:12am
Hundreds of firms reportedly submitted plans to build a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border as many larger companies steered clear of the politically...
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4.5.2017
11:49am
Officials in several states are reportedly considering ways to collect sales tax revenue from independent merchants that sell on Amazon.com and other e-...
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4.4.2017
10:33am
Europe saw record-high levels of warehouse property leases and investment last year as e-commerce continued to alter the commercial property landscape.
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3.31.2017
12:47pm
General Electric announced a dramatically increased effort to cut costs this week amid heightened pressure from a prominent shareholder.
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3.24.2017
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The preliminary budget released by the Trump administration this month seeks to cut a federal grant program that provided safety training to workers in...
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3.23.2017
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Customer reviews on e-retailer websites reportedly have a $400 billion impact on global commerce each year, a recent report found, while data also showed that...
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3.21.2017
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In his campaign trail, President Trump promised major infrastructure investment, but since election day, analysts and congressional Republicans have voiced...
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3.20.2017
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The Trump administration reportedly plans to rescind a rule that requires fracking companies to disclose the chemicals used in their drilling operations.
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3.17.2017
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