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By Patrick Burnson · October 5, 2017
TOTE Maritime Alaska has selected ORBCOMM to provide a broad portfolio of telematics to monitor and control its refrigerated and dry intermodal and over-the-road assets, including containers, trailers and flatbeds.
By Bob Trebilcock · October 5, 2017
Business is changing faster than ever, and the materials handling industry is looking at where it can play a role.
By Jeff Berman · October 5, 2017
Global e-commerce powerhouse Amazon is hard at work on a new delivery service offering that is geared towards making more products available for free two-day delivery while helping to relieve overcrowded warehouses, a Bloomberg report stated today. Citing two people “familiar with the plan,” Bloomberg said that this initiative will drive Amazon more deeply into services typically handled for the Seattle-based company by UPS and FedEx.
By Jeff Berman · October 4, 2017
Global freight transportation and logistics titan UPS and Polonez Parcel Service, a consumer-to-consumer consolidate shipping service into Poland and other countries, said today that they have teamed up in an agreement that enables United States-based Polonez Parcel Service customers the ability to leverage “an easy parcel drop-off point” through the more than 8,700 UPS Access Points, which includes 5,000 The UPS Store locations.
By MMH Staff · October 4, 2017
Attendees and exhibitors come together to raise $325,000 for hurricane relief.
By MMH Staff · October 4, 2017
Transaction marks Lawson Products’ fifth and largest acquisition in 24 months, more than doubles sales in Canada.
By LM Staff · October 4, 2017
Data issued this week by freight transportation forecasting firm FTR and publisher of new and used commercial vehicle (CV) industry data, market analysis and forecasting services for the North American market ACT Research shows continued gains in Class 8 net orders.
By Jeff Berman · October 4, 2017
The index ISM uses to measure non-manufacturing growth—known as the NMI—rose 4.5% to 59.8 (a reading above 50 indicates growth), following August’s 1.4% gain over July for its highest reading going back to August 2005’s 61.3. The PMI has now grown for 93 consecutive months and is 3.3% higher than the 12-month average of 56.5.
By Jeff Berman · October 4, 2017
The index ISM uses to measure non-manufacturing growth—known as the NMI—rose 4.5% to 59.8 (a reading above 50 indicates growth), following August’s 1.4% gain over July for its highest reading going back to August 2005’s 61.3. The PMI has now grown for 93 consecutive months and is 3.3% higher than the 12-month average of 56.5.
By MMH Staff · October 4, 2017
Private documentary screening to accompany resources including related classroom activities, comprehension quizzes, and other motivational videos to engage and inspire youth.
By MMH Staff · October 4, 2017
The VRCs comply with ANSI/ASME B20.1 safety standards for conveyors and can lift several thousand pounds of materials.
<p>Students from Oakland Schools’ Technical Campus in Royal Oak visit Madison Heights auto supplier Henkel North America during Manufacturing Day in Oakland County last October. Henkel provides adhesive, sealant and protective coating technologies to the auto industry.</p> By MMH Staff · October 4, 2017
Students will tour facilities and participate in interactive presentations of in-demand skills and advanced manufacturing jobs throughout Metro Detroit.
By MMH Staff · October 3, 2017
Apparel logistics service provider deploys scalable solution to boost flexibility.
By Jeff Berman · October 3, 2017
These sales, as defined by the NRF, are sales in the months of November and December and exclude autos, gas, and restaurant sales. For 2017, NRF is calling for holiday retail sales to be up 3.6%-4% annually, coming in at an estimated total between $678.75 billion to $682 billion, which is ahead of last year’s $655.8 billion, even at the lower end of the 2017 estimate.
By Jeff Berman · October 3, 2017
These sales, as defined by the NRF, are sales in the months of November and December and exclude autos, gas, and restaurant sales. For 2017, NRF is calling for holiday retail sales to be up 3.6%-4% annually, coming in at an estimated total between $678.75 billion to $682 billion, which is ahead of last year’s $655.8 billion, even at the lower end of the 2017 estimate.

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