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    Rail labor negotiations: Tracking the path to ratification

    A strike or lockout could now occur as soon as Dec. 9 after the signalman's union agreed to extend its cooling off period.

    Updated Nov. 23, 2022
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    GlobalFoundries appoints former Cisco exec as head of supply chain

    The move comes as the chipmaker, in partnership with Qualcomm, will spend $4.2 billion to expand its New York facility.

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    Lowe’s expands use of market delivery model for large products

    The home improvement retailer has converted eight regions, covering more than half of its stores, to the new approach.

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    Rail labor negotiations

    Potential for rail shutdown rises as largest union rejects labor deal

    An impasse over guaranteed sick leave is likely headed to a congressional showdown.

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    FedEx Ground contractors form alliance

    FedEx Ground contractor group disbands, denounces calls for work stoppages

    Spencer Patton launched the Trade Association for Logistics Professionals to help contractors collectively push for change. It fell apart months later.

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    Schneider expects 2023 intermodal boost from move to Union Pacific

    Executives say the partnership with the railroad will boost transcontinental service and give the trucking carrier more access to trains.

  • J&J Snack Foods' frozen beverage business, which includes ICEE products, was not affected by ERP conversion issues.
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    J&J Snack Foods taps NFI for managed logistics

    After facing higher fuel costs year-over-year, the food distributor expects “$2 million to $4 million of opportunity” by outsourcing its logistics management.

  • U.S. Postal Service employees work while sorting parcels for distribution inside the Los Angeles Mail Processing & Distribution Center, the largest in the United States, on November 22, 2021.
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    USPS better equipped for 2022 holidays after past peak struggles

    The Postal Service will be less reliant on “peak season heroics” this year, an agency representative said at a House subcommittee hearing.

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    Pitney Bowes’ 2023 rates to increase 6.5% for its e-commerce services

    The price hike is higher than last year's annual increase, but falls below upcoming increases at FedEx and UPS.

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    Nissan: Chip shortages hurt production more than expected

    The auto manufacturer is pursuing a dual sourcing strategy in response to chip shortages and COVID-19 lockdowns in China.

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    Amid strike fears, cargo diversion a key fixture in 2022’s supply chain playbook

    The shadow of negotiations clouds U.S. railroads and West Coast ports. Shippers have leaned on less-risky alternatives, despite some drawbacks.

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    Oatly supply chain chief departs

    Moving forward, the plant-based milk brand is looking to simplify operations and shift to a lean manufacturing model.

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    MSC Air Cargo prepares to take off ahead of schedule

    The carrier will begin weekly services connecting Mexico City, Indianapolis, Frankfurt and Hong Kong using an Atlas Air-operated 777-200F.

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    The next frontier in e-commerce packaging: reusable bags and boxes

    Online ordering spiked during the pandemic — and so did the waste it creates. As Cyber Monday approaches, startups are developing an alternative.

  • A sign is posted in front of a Walmart store on November 16, 2021 in American Canyon, California.
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    Walmart’s inventory glut recedes

    Markdowns and canceled orders helped the retail giant trim excess inventory by a third in Q3.

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    UNFI to add indoor farms at select distribution centers

    The initiative is part of the food distributors' efforts to add efficiencies and foster closer relationships with suppliers. 

  • Raytheon campus sign with some shrubbery in the foreground.
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    Raytheon supply chain disrupted by labor constraints at small suppliers

    The defense contractor is entering into long-term agreements and working collaboratively with vendors to drive up productivity and efficiency.

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    Funko takes on higher labor costs due to ERP delays

    The toymaker decided to open a fulfillment center without the intended management software in order to meet elevated demand.

  • U.S. President Joe Biden stands on stage and speaks into a microphone at COP27 with the blue and white event logo and location on the screen behind him.
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    Biden proposes new sustainability rules for federal suppliers

    Companies with more than $7.5 million in federal contracts would be required to disclose emissions.

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    Third rail union rejects contract as deadline for agreement looms

    The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, which represents approximately 300 workers, has agreed to a “cooling off” period until Dec. 9.

  • Amazon's intelligent robotic system Sparrow moves an item in an Amazon warehouse.
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    Amazon tests new robotic system to improve warehouse efficiency

    The company says Sparrow will automate the task of moving items prior to packaging, a critical part of the fulfillment process.

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    Microsoft unveils ‘Supply Chain Center’ with Kraft Heinz, Daimler among customers

    The tech company is integrating its supply chain offerings into a single package that helps connect ERPs and other supply chain solutions.

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    Party City taps new COO to optimize supply chain

    The leadership change comes as the party goods retailer targets $30 million in cost cuts.

  • A United States Postal Service (USPS) carrier makes his rounds on August 05, 2020 in New York City.
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    USPS plans 2023 rate hikes for some shipping services

    Price adjustments vary depending on the product, and a few rates will remain unchanged.

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    Amazon showcases new Prime Air delivery drone design

    The MK30 is set to come into service in 2024. It's lighter and smaller than the MK27-2 that is slated to make deliveries this year.