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Warehousing and Logistics News – Warehousing Growth Drives Building Boom

While, recent economic data may be mixed and the outlook murky, the warehouse real estate picture depicts a continuing boom in supply chain management services. One recent trend manifesting itself is the move to smaller distribution centers, driven by the…

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West Coast Shipping Ports – Which Ports Will Win And Which Will Lose?

The recent labor troubles and continuing congestion at West Coast Ports and the prospect of bigger containerships coming through the Panama Canal next year is driving traffic to East Coast ports, but only some will prosper in the future. “Some…

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Chemical Data Points To Stronger Economy

David Sparkman, Editor  |  Volume 3, Issue 13 | July 15, 2015 Chemical industry production and sales data, long considered a leading economic indicator, point to a stronger economy ahead for the United States. The Chemical Activity Barometer, released each…

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Warehousing and Logistics News – Employers Slam Proposed Overtime Rules

ACWI ADVANCE David Sparkman, Editor  |  Volume 3, Issue 13 | July 15, 2015 The U.S. Department of Labor proposed a new overtime pay regulation that will redefine large swaths of supervisory and administrative personnel as non-exempt employees, and which…

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Warehousing and Logistics News – How You Can Prevent Employee FMLA Fraud

ACWI ADVANCE David Sparkman, Editor| Volume 3, Issue 10 | May 31, 2015 One of the most easily abused employee legal protections – and one that can prove dangerous for unprepared employers – is the Family and Medical Leave Act.…

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How to Not Get ‘Ambushed’ by Unions

The National Labor Relations Board’s new ambush election rules went into effect on April 14 and because of the severely shortened time between the union filing for a vote and when it takes place, employers need to prepare for that…

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Senate Railroad Reform Bill Waiting for a Ride

When it comes to moving new railroad reform legislation through Congress, it’s turning out to be a case of hurry up and wait. Just days after it had been introduced, legislation that would expand the size of the Surface Transportation…

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Industrial Real Estate Market Reflects a Better Economy for Logistics

Net demand for industrial space could reach 242 million square feet in 2015, thanks to the U.S. economy’s accelerated growth through the end of 2014 and robust indications of it gaining more strength this year, according to the NAIOP Research…

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Savvy Employers Erect a Paper Defense for Legal Security

Readers of this newsletter are well aware of the potential dangers of employment litigation stemming from a bewildering array of constantly changing laws and regulations. Unfortunately, this sort of litigation can easily prove to be complicated, time consuming and expensive.…

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Shrinking Delivery Times Benefit Warehousing

The growth of ecommerce is driving an upsurge in the need for extra warehousing space in the retail industry, according tocommercial real estate company Jones Lang LaSalle. Black Friday sales dropped 11% last year, the National Retail Federation reported. However,…

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Independent Contractors Under Attack by State Governments and the Department Of Labor

Expect attacks on the alleged misclassification of independent contractors at the federal and state levels to intensify in 2015. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez declared that this is one of his department’s top priorities during a speech he gave…

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Third Party Logistics & Customer Collaboration Key to Future

The future promises increasing competition and complexity for third-party logistics providers, but the good news is that the potential exists for the savvy ones to differentiate their service offerings. That’s according to the 2015 3PL Selection and Contracting Report from…

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Shipping Logistics: Capacity, Congestion & Collaboration

2015’s Warehousing and Logistics Issues: Capacity, Congestion & Collaboration Shippers, logistics and transportation providers, and Wall Street analysts attending recent industry meetings agreed the supply chain will continue to face capacity and congestion challenges in 2015 – and quite likely…

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Overview of Retail Holiday Logistics Fulfillment

Volume 2, Issue 21 November 15, 2014 view/print newsletter Helping Customers to Manage Holiday Shipping Timeline Expectations Nearly eight in 10 - 78.8% -- of retailers will set standard shipping deadlines for guaranteed Christmas delivery to expire at least a…

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Store Warehousing Remakes Retail Distribution

Volume 2, Issue 20 October 31, 2014 view/print newsletter Retailer use of brick-and-mortar store back rooms as warehouses and fulfillment centers is growing along with the burgeoning trend in Internet order package pick-up and ship-from-store services, according the commercial real…

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