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OSHA Raises Civil Penalties

In January, OSHA announced a 5% increase in the civil penalties assessed for violations of its regulations, but worse may be yet to come if certain legislative reforms are adopted by Congress. As of Jan. 13, the maximum penalty for…

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College Players Appeal to NLRB

When National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo announced late last year the board’s new policy favoring union organizing of college football and basketball players, she seemed to have gone off the deep end a bit by adopting Orwellian…

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CDC Relents on Mask Mandate

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has relaxed its guidelines for facemasks at a time when states and localities are rushing to loosen their mask mandates and other Covid 19 workplace and social restrictions. The new CDC guidance…

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Alliance Revises Robot Manual

An alliance of OSHA and industry groups has revised the official federal safety manual used for managing industrial robot systems. OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and Association for Advancing Automation (called A3, formerly the Robotic Industries…

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IRE Sets Rent Record in 2021

Net effective industrial real estate rents increased by a record 17.6% in 2021, with gateway locations recording the fastest rent growth, led by California’s Inland Empire at 58%, the industrial real estate giant Prologis reported last month. Markets near major…

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ATA & DOL OK Apprentice Pact

The Department of Labor and American Trucking Associations signed an agreement making ATA an official registered sponsor of the federal agency’s new apprenticeship program The signing ceremony was attended by Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, whose department also has initiated…

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ACWI Advance – February 15, 2022

Download a copy of ACWI Advance here: In this issue of ACWI Advance we take a closer look at these stories: 3PL warehouses are positioned to help customers grappling with service and cost issues. More than $761 billion in retail…

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3PL Warehousing Seen Thriving

Third-Party Logistics warehouse operations will continue to thrive throughout this year as customers search for solutions to the supply chain service and costs issue, according to CBRE Group, the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm. This and…

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OSHA Vax Mandate: Version 2

When OSHA announced on Jan. 25 that it had withdrawn its Covid 19 vaccine mandate in the wake of a Supreme Court defeat, it may have seemed to many like that ruling had settled the issue – but that couldn’t…

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Study: Cannabis Bad for Drivers

With the growing legalization of marijuana use in states across the country, concerns have persisted over its effects on drivers of all kinds of vehicles. A new study shows that this effect might be even worse than was originally thought…

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Are Robot Lifts In Your Future?

A lack of willing workers is driving 3PL logistics providers who operate warehouses to adopt fleets of driverless lift trucks on a worldwide scale. Last month, the 3PL companies ArcBest and NFI Industries announced that they had invested jointly $42…

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Online Grocery Sales Up $98B

Ecommerce grocery sales reached a total of $97.7 billion for 2021 as more than 70% of households (93 million) received at least one or more online orders during the year. The survey was conducted by Brick Meets Click, the analytics…

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Retail Returns Boomed in 2021

Retailers believe more than $761 billion in merchandise sold last year was returned by customers, according to a recent report issued by the National Retail Federation. “As total retail sales continue to accelerate from sustained consumer demand during the pandemic,…

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Omicron Spurs Exec Concerns

A survey of business executives by the Society for Human Resource Management found that 87% believe their organizations can endure an outbreak of the Omicron variant of Covid 19, but are very concerned about its impact on their businesses. SHRM…

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Disaster Prep Pays Dividends

The series of tornadoes that ripped through parts of the county in December resulted in widespread death and destruction, including the deaths of six warehouse employees in Illinois. This should be a potent reminder to employers that: having a disaster…

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