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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Commerce reported that November retail sales at $442.9 billion were down 0.9 percent compared to November and up 3.2 percent compared to December 2013, and total retail sales from October through December were up 4.1 percent annually. The NRF said that December retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants, were up down 0.9 percent seasonally-adjusted month-to-month compared to November and increased 4.6 percent annually on an unadjusted basis.
Posted on 01/14 at 12:38 PM
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CSX reported it had record fourth quarter net earnings of $491 million, which was up 15 percent annually over $426 million for the fourth quarter 2013, with earnings per share up $0.49 for a 17 percent annual increase, matching Wall Street estimates.
Posted on 01/14 at 11:53 AM
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

As the Department of Transportation quietly lifted its ban on Mexican-domiciled trucks for operation in this country, organized labor has ridiculed the move as irresponsible and harmful to highway safety.
Posted on 01/13 at 01:10 PM
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Cargo volume has reached an all-time high at the Port of Oakland.
Posted on 01/13 at 12:08 PM
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Even with the Pacific Maritime Association and International Longshore & Warehouse Union meeting with the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in hopes of helping the sides find a way to come to an agreement over stalled labor negotiations, the relationship between the parties, whom have been at odds for eight months, remains contentious.
Posted on 01/13 at 11:34 AM
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The development of a piece picking robot began with a trip through the desert.
Posted on 01/13 at 10:22 AM
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Following a 7.6 percent decline last week, the national diesel average slipped another 8.4 cents to $3.053 per gallon, which is the lowest price per gallon since the week of October 4, when it was at $3.
Posted on 01/13 at 09:53 AM
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Monday, January 12, 2015

A Reuters report issued last week noted that the U.S. transportation and shipping network faced its “first big test of the winter” last week, which saw very cold and low wind chill-based conditions throughout muck of the country, with Midwest temperatures were sub-zero but feeling more like 20-to-40 below, due to the wind.
Posted on 01/12 at 11:14 AM
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A pilot project in Rochester, New York, may be a precursor of what robots will look like in the warehouse of the future.
Posted on 01/12 at 10:11 AM
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Aided by the rapid decline in fuel prices, the most recent edition of the Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) from freight transportation forecasting firm FTR continued to point to favorable market conditions for motor carriers.
Posted on 01/12 at 09:25 AM
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