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    Rail labor negotiations: Tracking the path to ratification

    A strike or lockout was avoided after Congress intervened to impose an agreement. Here’s how we got there.

    Updated Dec. 2, 2022
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    Rail labor negotiations

    Biden signs legislation preventing rail strike, lockout

    The president said the law avoids “what, without a doubt, would have been an economic catastrophe at a very bad time in the calendar.”

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    Walgreens launches 24-hour same day delivery

    The pharmacy chain has enlisted multiple delivery platforms to carry out its same-day deliveries in recent years.

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    Amazon launches supply chain visibility tool to help users pool data

    The cloud application, now in use by Whole Foods and Lifetime Brands, aims to help companies more quickly respond to changing market conditions.

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    Rail labor negotiations

    Senate sends bill avoiding rail shutdown to Biden’s desk

    The divided chamber shot down an amendment to give workers seven days paid sick leave.

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    LaserShip/OnTrac to increase ground rates 6.9% in 2023

    The carrier is following the standard set by FedEx and UPS, while others tout their smaller rate hikes as an advantage.

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    Subway, Chick-fil-A alert customers on lettuce crunch

    Dole's COO warned of "complete crop failure in the industry" driven by extreme heat.

  • A red Burlington storefront says "ladies, mens, kids, baby, home, coats," as clouds billow overhead in a bright blue sky.
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    Burlington navigates higher sourcing costs after ‘desirable’ closeout buys

    Product sourcing costs grew 13% from the previous quarter as the off-price retailer took advantage of excess supply.

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    Holiday season won’t save weak prices for recycled mixed paper

    As e-commerce gains fade, exports fall and Amazon’s efforts to reduce packaging continue, experts expect low prices to continue.

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    Rail labor negotiations

    House passes bills to avert US rail shutdown, add paid sick leave

    The vote comes just two days after President Joe Biden urged congressional intervention, warning “a rail shutdown would devastate our economy.”

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    FedEx stands to benefit from new de-icing pads at key cargo airport

    The timing for the Memphis International Airport facility's launch couldn’t be better as the busy holiday season ramps up, a FedEx executive said.

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    More shortages and prices hikes forecasted for construction’s supply chain

    Analysts and contractors break down prices and lead times for concrete, cement, steel, lumber, insulation, drywall and HVAC equipment in the coming year.

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    Maersk, IBM to shut down blockchain joint venture TradeLens

    The tool was intended to start a “digital revolution” for the supply chain. But it will reach the end of its life in Q1 2023 as it failed to achieve commercial viability. 

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    Did the pandemic really kill just-in-time? Experts weigh in.

    As retailers struggle with inventory glut and overstocked warehouses, the lean operating model may need to make a comeback.

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    Port Houston pauses container dwell fee

    The postponement was due to delays from the port's external software developer.

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    Rail labor negotiations

    Biden calls on Congress to prevent rail shutdown

    The president said he’s been advised that “there is no path to resolve the dispute at the bargaining table” before the Dec. 9 deadline.

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    Foot Locker opens $40M Nevada distribution center for West Coast

    The facility will serve more than 300 stores and cut shipping times in the region by more than 50%.

  • A FedEx worker sorts packages being unloaded from a truck on a conveyor belt at the FedEx Oakland Airport sort facility.
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    FedEx and Cart.com launch data-sharing alliance for e-commerce fulfillment

    The logistics giant gains a deeper look into pre-purchase behaviors, while the e-commerce platform gets access to post-purchase insights.

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    LaserShip/OnTrac opens sort center near Philadelphia in time for peak season

    The parcel carrier said the facility will effectively double its capacity in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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    Zinc-based storage manufacturer delays production to capitalize on federal tax credits

    Eos Energy Enterprises is pushing this year's orders to 2023 to take advantage of energy storage benefits outlined in the Inflation Reduction Act, CEO Joe Mastrangelo said.

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    Lufthansa Cargo adds route to slash delivery times for salmon shippers

    The carrier’s newly added A321 freighters are helping the company provide customized supply chain solutions.

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    Warehouse construction pipeline reaches record high as demand slows

    An increase in construction comes as consumer trends shift.

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    The ‘ship backup has ended’ at Los Angeles, Long Beach ports

    Lower demand as a result of cargo shifting to the East Coast has helped clear the 25-month backlog.

  • Shipping containers are stacked on the Matson Oahu container ship at the Port of Long Beach on November 24, 2021.
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    Ocean carriers plan to reduce capacity as demand falls

    Maersk, Zim and Matson are rightsizing capacity across several trade lanes, including some Transpacific routes affected by cargo diversions.

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    Party City lowers 2022 earnings outlook in face of rising supply chain costs

    A move to ship Halloween inventory earlier, combined with the rising price of helium, led to an expensive quarter for the retailer.