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ACWI Advance – July 15, 2021

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In this issue of ACWI Advance we take a closer look at these stories:

  • 3PL warehousing are expected to fare well in the post-Covid 19 recovery.
  • Rail shippers and unions are wary of the merger of CN and KCS.
  • Retailers seek a White House meeting over continuing port congestion.
  • DOL advises employers about workers whose Covid symptoms still persist.
  • Employers remain committed to investing in employee development, a study finds.
  • By 2025, ecommerce will need an additional 330 million sq. ft. of distribution space

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3PL Warehouse Future Bright

The future of warehousing and third-party logistics includes a healthy rate of growth and a more central role in supply chain management.

That was one of the conclusions of the 32nd annual State of Logistics report published by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, sponsored by Penske Logistics with research conducted by a team from Kearney consultants.

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Shippers Wary Of CN-KCS

Rail shipper groups and unions have raised concerns about the merger of Canadian National and Kansas City Southern railroads.

They made it clear to the Surface Transportation Board that they opposed the creation of a voting trust in which KCS shareholders would receive cash and shares from CN, but KCS would be placed in an independent trust and CN would not be allowed to exert management control over it.
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NRF Confronts Port Congestion

The National Retail Federation has asked to meet with President Biden and other top administration officials regarding the challenges retailers face from continued supply chain disruptions arising from congestion at U.S. ports.

The letter from NRF President Matthew Shay stated, “The supply chain disruption issues, especially the congestion affecting our key maritime ports, are causing significant challenges for America’s retailers.”

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Handling Covid ‘Long Haulers’

Even as vaccines appear to be defeating Covid 19 and more people return to work, employers are finding that they have to deal with the ongoing reality of an illness that in some cases simply refuses to go away.

“Long haulers” is the new term for these people. The syndrome also is called Long-Term or Long Covid.

The most common lasting symptoms are extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, cough, joint pain and chest pain. Others include cognitive problems, brain fog, insomnia, depression, muscle pain, headache, rapid heartbeat and intermittent fever.

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Firms Investing In Employees

Employers are investing in employee training and development, according to a recent study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Society for Human Resource Management.

“Even in a time of significant economic and labor market volatility, employers have maintained their investment in and commitment to their workers – with many eager to increase it,” says Jason A. Tyszko, vice president of the Chamber Foundation Center for Education and Workforce.

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Warehousing Growth Explodes

Ecommerce is expected to grow to represent a total of 26% of all retail sales in the United States by 2025, creating the need for an additional 330 million sq. ft. of distribution space just to handle the flow of shipments, according to the industrial real estate services firm CBRE.

The anticipated, ecommerce-generated demand for another 330 million sq. ft. of distribution space represents 27% of the projected overall demand for industrial real estate in the U.S. through 2025, CBRE Econometric Advisors calculates.

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