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New FDA Food Safety Rule Excludes Packaged Food

Volume 2, Issue 3 February 15, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter The Food and Drug Administration on Jan. 31 proposed new regulations that when adopted will require shippers, carriers and receivers – including warehouses – to take certain steps to prevent…

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Christmas Retail Sales Meet Pre-Holiday Expectations

Volume 2, Issue 2 January 31, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter December retail sales (excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants) increased 0.4% seasonally adjusted month-to-month, and 4.6% unadjusted year-over-year, according to the National Retail Federation. Total holiday retail sales, which include…

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Advice on How to Stay Union-Free in 2014

Volume 2, Issue 2 January 31, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter Now is the time for you to re-examine your strategy for remaining union-free. Rulings from National Labor Relations Board have reinforced the old truism that if you wait to forge…

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OSHA Injury Report Due Feb. 1 Even If You Had No Injuries

Volume 2, Issue 2 January 31, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter February 1 is the annual OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping deadline for employers, unless they have only 10 or fewer employees or are in low-hazard industries such as retail, service,…

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NLRB Withdraws Notice Poster Rule, For Time Being

Volume 2, Issue 2 January 31, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter The National Labor Relations Board decided not to pursue any further attempts to revive the notice posting rule it initially proposed in 2011. The rule would have required private sector…

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Retail War’s Secret Weapon Is Omnichannel Warehousing

Volume 2, Issue 2 January 31, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter The omnichannel logistics models that make a seamless consumer experience possible are now built on a foundation of six new types of facilities, according to a new report by Jones…

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OSHA Citation Vacated For Lack of Scientific Support

Volume 2, Issue 2 January 31, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter A federal judge sent a message when rejecting an OSHA administrative law judge ruling that a logistics employee’s injury was work-related. “We are surprised that an ALJ would echo such…

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Customer Satisfaction With In-Store Sales Up Since 2008

Volume 2, Issue 2 January 31, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter In a survey that was conducted before news broke of Target Stores’ hacking meltdown, Motorola Solutions found that overall in-store customer satisfaction has grown 23% in the last six years.…

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Rosy Economic Predictions for 2014, With Caveats

Volume 2, Issue 1 January 15, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter Many of the economic numbers surfacing during the weeks straddling New Year’s Day have led to optimistic predictions. But you may want to keep a weather eye out for possible…

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Unemployment Law Hikes Penalties for Employers

Volume 2, Issue 1 January 15, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter Employers who routinely brush aside the unemployment claims they don’t intend to contest may want to rethink that strategy in light of legislation that could subject them to added costs…

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NLRB Drops Ambush Elections Court Case Defense, Will Revisit

Volume 2, Issue 1 January 15, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter The National Labor Relations Board has agreed to voluntarily dismiss its appeals of a D.C. Circuit Court ruling that overturned its ambush union election rules decision. The ambush election decision,…

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Employers in Colorado Can Test Workers for Marijuana

Volume 2, Issue 1 January 15, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter On January 1, the news media was filled with stories about state-licensed retail shops that began selling marijuana under Colorado’s new law legalizing pot. Over the past several years a…

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NRF Estimates Retail Imports Will Be Up 4.8% in January

Volume 2, Issue 1 January 15, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to grow 4.8% in January over the same month last year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report…

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ALAN Expands Its Disaster Response Planning Efforts

ALAN Expands Its Disaster Response Planning Efforts

Volume 2, Issue 1 January 15, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter Since its founding following Hurricane Katrina, the member companies of the American Logistics Aid Network have responded to meet the logistics needs of both government agencies and nongovernmental organizations when…

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