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Senate EPW committee introduces six-year transportation reauthorization bill

By | Industry News

As expected, the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) this week rolled out its version for new federal transportation authorization, entitled the MAP-21 Reauthorization Act (S. 2322). This six-year bill, which will be marked up by EPW on Thursday, would fund and improve the country’s highway programs at current funding plus inflation, according to EPW officials. The bill was introduced by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator David Vitter (R-LA), Ranking Member of the Committee, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, and Senator John…

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Drivers of Distribution

The 5 Drivers of Distribution Complexity for Midsized Companies

By | Logistics

Managing the flow of goods to your customer has never been more complex. Whether it is compliance labeling, EDI, or other value added services; customers continue to demand more from their suppliers. This can seem overwhelming for small to midsized businesses who may lack the expertise or budget to deal with these challenges. This white paper will outline five drivers of distribution complexity for midsized businesses. Each complexity driver is determined by a specific business condition. By understanding the business conditions that drive complexity, you can be proactive, rather than reactive, in your distribution strategy. Managing the flow of goods…

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Boosting Warehouse Productivity

Boosting Warehouse Productivity

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Achieving warehouse productivity goals such as reducing picking times and increasing throughput rates can be challenging. Chris Castaldi, director of business development at Carlstadt, N.J.-based materials handling systems integrator W&H Systems, offers these tips for improving warehouse productivity.   Use automated picking operations. Pick-to-voice or pick-to-light systems speed picking and reduce errors by quickly providing pickers information on item location and quantity. These systems eliminate the need to search for the item number and quantity on a piece of paper. Try goods-to-person technology. These solutions bring the items to be picked to the workers’ station so they don’t have to travel all over…

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US Ports

Complacency is not an option for U.S. ports

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With the Panama canal expansion meeting its deadline in late 2015, shippers are busy determining which gateways would best serve their future needs. But even more strategic complexity has been introduced this year with consolidation of ocean carrier services. Rather than whistling in the dark, the leading ocean cargo gateways are keeping their guard up. According to Ben Hackett, president of the maritime consultancy Hackett Associates, the P3 and G6 carrier alliances will not change the current ports comprising his monthly “Port Tracker” newsletter. The ports surveyed in the report issued by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates include:…

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Trucking Logistics

What’s the Trouble in Trucking?

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In an effort to add more voices to the discussions taking place in the trucking industry, Go By Truck recently launched a series of interviews. We reached out to organizations that provide services to motor carriers, owner-operators and drivers  to find out what they see as the main challenges facing the industry today and how they can be addressed. A total of 14 individuals responded to our interview requests and followed through with the process. They serve the trucking industry in various ways, some as professional consultants, some as health experts, some as vendors. While each respondent brought a unique…

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manufacturing

The U.S. should encourage more manufacturing here at home: New Balance CEO

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The United States today has fewer people working in manufacturing than it had in 1941 before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the rush to produce weapons. But not all U.S. manufacturers are shadows of their former selves. Case in point: New Balance, the Boston-based athletic shoe producer. The company has 1300 manufacturing employees working in the U.S.–the highest headcount in its 108-year history, says President and CEO Robert DeMartini. And it’s exporting twice as much product as it was two years ago. “Rising labor costs in foreign markets and consumers’ demand for customization have given companies like ours…

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Port Tracker report

Port Tracker report is positive with warmer weather coming

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The forecast for growth at United States-based retail container ports is largely positive, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates. The ports surveyed in the report include: Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Tacoma, Seattle, Houston, New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads, Charleston, and Savannah, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Port Everglades. Authors of the report explained that cargo import numbers do not correlate directly with retail sales or employment because they count only the number of cargo containers brought into the country, not the value of the…

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CVS probed in alleged loss of painkillers

CVS probed in alleged loss of painkillers

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CVS Caremark Corp. could face as much as $29 million in fines for allegedly losing track of hydrocodone pills at four California stores. They may have been sold on the black market. Officials at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the California Board of Pharmacy told me Monday that more than 37,000 pills were apparently taken from CVS stores in Modesto, Fairfield, Dixon and Turlock. Meanwhile, CVS pharmacists in Southern California said they’ve been instructed by the drugstore chain to get their paperwork in order so that no other prescription meds are found to be missing. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-lazarus-20140311,0,1949776.column#ixzz2wWLTrqdT Loss Prevention Management…

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pharmaceutical thefts

Spike in pharmaceutical thefts in 2013

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There was a 50 per cent increase in pharmaceutical thefts in the US last year, although the total number of incidents across all sectors stayed roughly the same. The figures, from cargo security specialist Freightwatch International, suggest that the threat of cargo theft “continues to grow in the US due to increased organization and innovation on the part of cargo thieves,” with 951 incidents equaling the record set in 2012*. Full truckload (FTL) pharma thefts have been on the wane in recent years but rose 50 per cent to 33 cases last year from 22 in 2012, with the average…

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Warehouse Operations

Four Strategies to help Evaluate your Warehouse Operations

By | Logistics

A November 2013 survey found that distribution center managers found that their warehouses aren’t entirely optimal, but they lack the time, resources and strategies to greatly improve operations. Specifically, the survey found that mid-sized warehouses (approximately 50 workers) lose almost 3,000 hours a year due to workforce inefficiencies. Additionally, while 89 percent of those surveyed indicated that new technology could help managers recoup these inefficiencies, only 70 percent had conducted a thorough review of practices in the warehouse in the past year. In this post, we’ll identify four strategies to help evaluate your warehouse operations and eliminate redundant, ineffective processes….

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