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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

In a move focused on sustainability and increasing supply chain efficiencies, office products giant Staples announced this week it has rolled out new packaging technology, entitled “Smart-size” packaging, which was developed by Packsize International, a provider of lean packaging systems.
Posted on 11/28 at 02:47 PM
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The strike initiated yesterday by more than 70 International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit ("OCU") against APM Terminals at the Port of Los Angeles is entering a new stage of arbitration. Meanwhile, operations remain stymied.
Posted on 11/28 at 12:40 PM
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The United States Postal Service is preparing to roll out a market test, entitled Metro Post, which it describes as a package delivery service that will provide customers with same-day delivery from participating locations within a defined metropolitan area.
Posted on 11/28 at 10:59 AM

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

While many U.S. West Coast ports have been benefitting from overseas demand for raw materials, even some of the largest East Coast ocean cargo gateways are seizing the opportunity
Posted on 11/27 at 07:30 PM

Bringing sourcing closer to home—also commonly referred to as near shoring—a practice used by shippers to reduce distance, production, and delivery of their products, may be again gaining some momentum, according to research from BDP International.
Posted on 11/27 at 01:18 PM
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The United States Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) said today that trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico was down 0.1 percent in September 2012 compared to September 2011 at $77.7 billion.
Posted on 11/27 at 11:19 AM

The Port of Vancouver USA – the third largest port in the State of Washington – has been investing heavily in its infrastructure in anticipation of surging U.S. exports.
Posted on 11/27 at 11:09 AM
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Following five weeks of declines, the average price per gallon of diesel gasoline jumped up 5.8 cents this week to $4.034 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).
Posted on 11/27 at 09:46 AM
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Monday, November 26, 2012

Stagnant and sluggish economic conditions, including declining consumer confidence, high unemployment, and tight fiscal policy, among others, continue to paint a dark picture of the European economic outlook, according to the most recent edition of the Global Port Tracker report from Hackett Associates and the Bremen Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics.
Posted on 11/26 at 10:08 AM

Carload volume—at 288,717—was down 4.3 percent annually, and intermodal—at 249,115 trailers and containers—were up 2.4 percent compared to the same period last year.
Posted on 11/26 at 09:32 AM
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