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China's Imports Plunge In New Sign Of Economic Weakness

May 8, 2015 10:28 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's imports and exports contracted again in April in a new sign of economic weakness, adding to pressure on Chinese leaders to reverse a politically dangerous slump.

Four Cranes Arrive At Port Of Houston, Prep For Bigger Ships

May 6, 2015 3:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Port of Houston Authority says the new cranes will be able to load and unload ships at 295 feet per minute. That's almost twice as fast as the current cranes at the terminal.

Fast Food Pushes Into Delivery

May 6, 2015 3:16 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's said Monday that it was starting the test and teaming up with Postmates, a service that is also working with Chipotle and Starbucks.

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A Unifying Vision For Distribution And The Robot Revolution

May 6, 2015 9:57 am | by Krishnan Sundaresan, Director at ARRYVE | News | Comments

Robots are the present; and distributors that don’t plan on integrating robots with a holistic perspective will be left in the past.

U.S. Trade Deficit Jumps To Six-Year High Of $51.4B

May 5, 2015 10:19 am | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

President Barack Obama has been pushing the benefits of free trade in an effort to convince Congress to pass the legislation he needs to complete a sweeping trade agreement with 11 other nations.

Amazon Announces ‘Amazon Business,’ Will Close AmazonSupply

April 28, 2015 1:40 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | News | Comments

Amazon Business has been designed to provide easy access to hundreds of millions of products – everything from IT and lab equipment to education and food service supplies – as well as business-only selection and pricing.

Boeing 787 Order Deliveries Delayed

April 27, 2015 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 787, which Boeing Co. calls the Dreamliner, is made largely from lightweight carbon material to save on fuel. The planemaker disclosed this week that it is still losing money on the jet but hopes to begin breaking even on each delivery later this year.

RS Components: Profile And Q&A With A Leading Distributor

April 23, 2015 10:00 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Supply Chain Solution Architect Matthew Ling asserts, “It is this willingness to engage with new techniques and adapt our internal culture to suit a multi-channel approach that sets us apart in our industry.”

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Senate Panel To Back Fast-Track Trade Bill

April 22, 2015 9:31 am | by Charles Babington, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama wants fast-track powers to help push free-trade proposals such as the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Top U.S. Exports Still Generate $67B Trade Deficit

April 20, 2015 2:52 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

According to the analysis by liberal think tank the Economic Policy Institute, the country's top 30 export categories combined for a trade deficit of more than $67 billion in 2013.

Trade-Off: Deal Splits Democrats Between Business, Labor

April 17, 2015 3:20 pm | by Laurie Kellman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

The mere announcement of a bipartisan accord on the legislation reignited a longtime feud among liberal and pro-business Democrats over the deal's potential to create or subtract American jobs.

Obama: Trade Politics Difficult, But Opposition Helps China

April 17, 2015 2:07 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under the agreement reached in Congress, Obama would get so-called trade promotion authority to negotiate trade that Congress could approve or reject, but not change.

E-Commerce Boom Drives Dramatic Growth In Warehouse Automation Market

April 17, 2015 10:33 am | by ARC Advisory Group | News | Comments

Rapid growth in the worldwide market for warehouse automation and control systems is being driven primarily by the global boom in e-commerce, and its profound effects on fulfillment requirements, according to a new ARC Advisory Group market study.

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Lawmakers Announce Trade Authority Deal

April 17, 2015 9:28 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The policy, known as Trade Promotion Authority, allows Congress to establish priorities for trade talks but prevents lawmakers from altering agreed-upon deals when they come up for approval votes.

Amazon Announces Analytics Service

April 13, 2015 3:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Although the service would likely benefit customers seeking computer behavior or customer data first, AWS data science chief Matt Wood said it would eventually extend to "genomics, the Internet of Things, or large-scale web applications.”

China's Trade Shrinks In Sign Of Economic Weakness

April 13, 2015 9:47 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The decline has deepened since mid-2014, feeding concern that growth might be falling too sharply and raising the risk of politically dangerous job losses.

Critics Call For Halt To Currency Manipulation In Pacific Trade Pact

April 9, 2015 2:33 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The push from labor groups comes amid a sustained effort by the Obama administration to receive Trade Promotion Authority from Congress. That would enable the White House to negotiate pacts in Asia and Europe while limiting Congress' ability to alter final agreements.

East, West Coast Ports Import Volume Now Nearly Equal

April 8, 2015 3:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

As the talks became increasingly heated late last year, monthly import traffic at East Coast ports grew at a higher rate than West Coast traffic compared to 2013 numbers.

Study Finds Internet Of Things Vital To Future Of Transportation And Logistics Industry

April 7, 2015 10:38 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The survey showed that 90 percent of transportation and logistics companies either have or plan to deploy IoT solutions within a year.

U.S. Trade Deficit Plunges 16.9 Percent In February

April 2, 2015 9:58 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit plunged in February as both imports and exports sank, driven by a since-settled trade dispute and a global economic slowdown that has cut into oil prices and caused the dollar to rise in value.

Dig This: The Panama Canal Is About To Get Busy

March 31, 2015 10:04 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The 48-mile-long waterway that cuts across “the backbone of the Western Hemisphere” is going through the final year of a massive expansion.

Amazon Bypasses U.S. Drone Regulations For Now By Testing In Canada

March 31, 2015 9:28 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

During and after testifying before a Senate Subcommittee last week, Amazon said it wouldn't delay its drone testing just for the FAA and said it would go abroad if need be.

Amazon Gets FAA Certificate To Experiment With Drones

March 20, 2015 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The FAA said Thursday that under the provisions of the certificate, the flights must be conducted at 400 feet or below during daylight hours.                                                                                             

U.S. Current Account Trade Deficit Widens To $113.5 Billion

March 19, 2015 9:35 am | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A widening trade deficit contributed to the slowdown in overall economic growth in the fourth quarter and is expected to be a drag on growth in 2015 as the stronger dollar makes American products less competitive on overseas markets. 

Institute: China Now World's Third-Biggest Arms Exporter

March 15, 2015 10:06 pm | by Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China had long been a major importer of weapons, mainly from Russia and Ukraine, but its soaring economy and the copying of foreign technology has largely reversed the trend.

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