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By Jeff Berman · January 5, 2018
The index ISM uses to measure non-manufacturing growth—known as the PMI––dropped 1.5% to 55.9 (a reading above 50 indicates growth) in December. Both November and December were down compared to October’s 60.1, which is the highest reading since the report’s inception in 2008, as well as the highest reading compared to pre-2008 composite index calculations, with an August 2005 high of 61.3.
By Jeff Berman · January 4, 2018
2017 U.S. carloads increased 2.9%, or 381,266 carloads, annually to 13,478,126, compared to 2016’s 13,096,860. Intermodal containers and trailers headed up 3.9%, or 521,121 units, annually to 14,011,834 for the highest annual tally ever recorded for the segment. Intermodal trucking rates
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By Jeff Berman · January 4, 2018
The report’s key metric, known as the PMI, was 59.7 (a reading of 50 or higher indicates growth) in December, which was 1.5% ahead of November’s 58.2. This marks the 16th straight month that the PMI has grown, with the overall economy growing for the 103rd consecutive month. The December PMI is 2.1% ahead of the 12-month average of 57.6.
By Jeff Berman · January 3, 2018
The report’s key metric, known as the PMI, was 59.7 (a reading of 50 or higher indicates growth) in December, which was 1.5% ahead of November’s 58.2. This marks the 16th straight month that the PMI has grown, with the overall economy growing for the 103rd consecutive month. The December PMI is 2.1% ahead of the 12-month average of 57.6.
By MMH Staff · January 3, 2018
Company also names new chief operations officer and vice president of finance.
By LM Staff · January 3, 2018
Rising 7 cents, the average price per gallon currently stands at $2.973, which marks the single largest weekly gain since the week of November 6, when it rose 6.3 cents from $2.819 to $2.882.
By Bob Trebilcock · January 2, 2018
Congress and the administration talk about boosting industrial production and manufacturing jobs. But new analysis suggests that we’re already at peak levels.
By Patrick Burnson · January 2, 2018
Low vacancy rates and high demand for warehouse space are forming perfect conditions for the sector in 2018, according to JLL experts.
By MMH Staff · December 29, 2017
Older measures like productivity, quality, and service still apply, but digital transformation promises to 'change everything' about how manufacturers and retailers plan, procure and fulfill.
By MMH Staff · December 28, 2017
A look at Modern's 2017 cover stories highlights each company's unique journey and common goals.
By MMH Staff · December 28, 2017
The industry's momentum continues to build, even as it changes shape to adapt to technology; acquisitions across technology competencies have heralded the arrival of Consolidation 2.0, while automation and cybersecurity shake up the way players throughout the supply chain do business.
By MMH Staff · December 27, 2017
Double-digit growth, in units and dollars, sets records in the areas of robotics, machine vision, motion control, and motor technology.
By Patrick Burnson · December 27, 2017
2017 was a good year for John Wolfe, CEO of The Northwest Seaport Alliance.

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