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The logistics sector was weak in November, but that's not necessarily bad news

Dec 6, 2023
The Logistics Managers Index fell the most since April 2022, when inventories were up and shipping and warehouse costs were sky-high.
Inventory levels are down because consumers are doing a lot of buying. Plus, smoother supply chains are making more goods available in the first place.
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Why do airlines set weird departure and arrival times?

Aug 25, 2023
Forget “the logic of the clock.” The airline is thinking about the airplane, not the customer, one expert told us.
Have an 8:02 a.m. flight to catch?
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After three turbulent years, supply chains are finally back to normal

May 17, 2023
Three years after the start of the pandemic, inventories are down and supply chains are less volatile.
Shipping containers are loaded onto ships in the Port of Los Angeles.
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Holding excess inventory keeps getting pricier for this manufacturer

As the global supply chain smooths out its kinks, warehouse costs are top of mind for the Legacy Companies.
For large manufacturers, storing excess inventory means paying growing warehouse fees.
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Business inventories are finally rebounding, a sign of a healing supply chain

Feb 8, 2023
In January, business inventories expanded. That's a positive sign about the economy's health.
The January Logistics Managers Index found that businesses expanded their inventories, which is a good sign about the health of the economy.
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Don't expect the usual furniture sale deals this Presidents Day weekend

Feb 18, 2022
You can thank our old pal, the supply chain.
The usual Presidents Day sales at furniture stores could be curbed because of supply chain issues.
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Biden's COVID home test plan faces supply chain hurdles

Dec 21, 2021
But it will be easier than shipping COVID vaccines, and there are more options for delivering the rapid tests, experts say.
President Joe Biden announces that he is planning to distribute half a billion at-home COVID-19 tests in response to the the spread of the coronavirus omicron variant.
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Supply chain acquisitions help streamline retail mess

Nov 2, 2021
The pandemic and global supply chain backlog has transformed the relationship between retailers and supply chain companies.
American Eagle Outfitters said it will acquire a fulfillment company, Quiet Logistics, to strengthen its supply chain.
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For steel business, pandemic poses new kind of uncertainty

The coronavirus makes planning and logistics even more difficult for industry coming off trade war with China.
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What Blackstone's purchase of $18 billion worth of warehouse space tells us about e-commerce.

Jun 3, 2019
For online retailers, urban warehouses are the key to same-day delivery.
Packages are prepared for delivery at a warehouse in 2014.
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