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Port Slowdown Risks Cargo Integrity

Port Slowdown Risks Cargo Integrity

Port Slowdown Risks Cargo Integrity West Coast ports are near gridlock as offloading operations were suspended six days in February (including President’s Day weekend), as contentious contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) were delayed. These slowdowns compromise business opportunities and...

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Cold Train Suspension Leaves Shippers Scrambling

Cold Train Suspension Leaves Shippers Scrambling When Cold Train Express Intermodal Service suspended operations in mid-August, shippers in the Pacific Northwest were left scrambling for ways to get just-harvested pears and apples to markets in 24 states and Ontario while the fruits are still at peak freshness. Standard intermodal rail...

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Work with Insurers Before Things Go Wrong

Work with Insurers Before Things Go Wrong Talking with an insurance agent before things go wrong is one of the most important steps supply chain professionals can take to mitigate supply chain risk. The reason is simple: With years of incident data, they know what works and which technologies are worthwhile. And,...

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Risk Management: Crossed Fingers Aren’t Sufficient

Risk Management: Crossed Fingers Aren’t Sufficient When dealing with supply chain risks, crossed fingers aren’t a solution. Yet, when juggling the competing demands of ensuring low costs, on-time deliveries, global regulatory compliance, client satisfaction and increasing revenue, it’s easy for risk mitigation to become a low priority. For example, a...

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ShockWatch Awarded GSA Contract

ShockWatch Awarded GSA Contract Watch, a provider of impact, temperature and tilt monitors and indicators has just been awarded a contract with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). This contract allows government agencies, including the U.S. military, to streamline their purchases from ShockWatch. “Now government agencies can purchase ShockWatch monitoring...

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Supply Chain Risk Tops Business Concerns

Supply Chain Risk Tops Business Concerns The number one concern among international CEOs is supply chain failure, according to the recent 2014 Chubb Multinational Risk Survey. Supply chain risks trumped the year’s staggering cyber security breaches, global political upsets and increasing regulations. Chubb indicates that 52 percent of the U.S....

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Harnessing the Human Factor

Harnessing the Human Factor “We have families, too.” Many years ago, a Chicago-area grocery store used that statement in an ad campaign touting its attention to quality. The point applies to cargo handlers, too, yet, “Ninety-percent of all cold chain problems are due to human error,” according to Melissa Germain,...

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Say Cheese!

Say Cheese! Another video featuring a package delivery person behaving badly made the national news in April. This time the culprit worked not for an esteemed parcel delivery service but for the U.S. Postal Service. While the private services fired workers who chucked packages over fences and onto patios, the USPS disciplined...

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Monitoring Supports Continuous Improvement

Monitoring Supports Continuous Improvement It’s a common problem. Companies launch a LEAN improvement initiative, make progress, and then backslide. A year or two later they may be in a worse position than when they started the project. The problem, though, isn’t with LEAN. It’s with the sporadic nature of initiatives....

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ShockWatch Acquires ShockLog Impact and Environmental Recorders

ShockWatch Acquires ShockLog Impact and Environmental Recorders Media Recovery, Inc., a portfolio company of Capital Southwest Corporation (Nasdaq:CSWC), announced the acquisition by its ShockWatch division of ShockLog Impact and Environmental Recorders from The IMC Group, a manufacturer of electronic and mechanical instrumentation headquartered in Letchworth, United Kingdom. Terms of the...

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