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By MMH Staff · February 29, 2016
Veterans offer an untapped resource for materials handling positions, especially given the U.S. military is built on logistics.
By John D. Schulz · February 29, 2016
Even though the ELD deadline is not until December 2017, shippers and carriers need to be sure they are compliant and ready when the time comes.
By Patrick Burnson · February 22, 2016
Exactly one year after the devastating West Coast port dispute concluded, the Washington Council on International Trade has released a study that finds Washington state lost $769.5 million in economic activity during that approximately six month period.
By Patrick Burnson · February 15, 2016
When Congress passed the overwhelmingly-supported and bipartisan Water Resources and Reform Development Act (WRRDA) in 2014, it established annual incremental increases for Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT) funded work.
By Josh Bond · February 12, 2016
Prevent unwelcome and unpleasant surprises in a new installation or upgrade that can cause setbacks in your schedule and budget.
By Jeff Berman · February 11, 2016
The NRF is calling for 2016 retail industry sales, excluding automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants, to see a 3.1 percent annual increase.
By Patrick Burnson · February 10, 2016
The U.S. Customs & Border Protection announced earlier this week that it will delay the implementation of some parts of its Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) electronic document single window platform beyond the current February 28th deadline.
By Jeff Berman · February 4, 2016
While the PMA-ILWU dispute was settled last spring, a new port-related labor issue popped up on the East Coast last week, when a labor dispute on Friday, January 29 occurred when union members of the International Longshoremen Association (ILA), the largest union of maritime workers in North America, walked off the docks at the Port of New York and New Jersey, the largest East Coast port and second largest U.S. port.
By Patrick Burnson · February 3, 2016
With the Super Bowl coming to the San Francisco Bay Area this week security is bound to be top of mind that weekend, and you can expect a heightened level of vigilance on the waterfront.
By Josh Bond · February 2, 2016
Smart manufacturing technologies and practices can improve uptime, quality, asset management, time to market, supply chain management and agility.
By Patrick Burnson · January 29, 2016
Logistics managers seeking yet one more forecast as the year gets underway, may wish to check in with Rodger Howell, PwC’s Strategy& Principal, specializing in strategy and operations. He sees a few key areas that should be central to corporate efforts during 2016.
By Jeff Berman · January 27, 2016
While the investments are beyond impressive, 2016 capital expenditure investments rolled out by Class I railroads in recent weeks paint a picture of lower annual spending levels compared to past years.
By Jeff Berman · January 21, 2016
Despite the many peaks and valleys freight flows saw in 2015, one mode that collectively saw more of the former was intermodal. That was especially clear in December and full-year 2015 volumes from the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA).
By Patrick Burnson · January 19, 2016
Port of Oakland Executive Director Chris Lytle will share his vision for 2016 and beyond at the annual “State of the Port of Oakland” luncheon sponsored by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association and Women in Logistics this Thursday.
By Jeff Berman · January 18, 2016
Various economic headwinds are standing in the way of true retail sales growth, even though the numbers show modest gains.

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