The growing push for size inclusivity in fashion faces some obstacles

Jun 28, 2022
"Plus-size women make up more than half the market, and yet, plus-size clothes only make up 19% of all apparel on the market," says Elizabeth Segran, senior staff writer at Fast Company.
Sixty-eight percent of American women wear a size 14 or larger, according to a 2016 estimate.
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When you need 70,000 pounds of paper a month and the supply chain is in chaos

Jun 15, 2022
Claudia Smukler of Mother Jones explains the unique obstacles to producing a print magazine in this economy.
Magazines require a high grade of coated paper, one that ink will lay well on.
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More than 40% of baby formula out of stock, data company says

May 13, 2022
Just four companies make most of the baby formula in the U.S. After a recall and plant closure at one, there's not enough supply to meet the need.
When you only have a few companies in the country that make something, shortages are one of the risks, says Brian Dittmeier of the National WIC Association.
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China's zero-COVID policy is sending ripples through the world economy

May 9, 2022
As one region after another locks down, companies struggle and delays hinder the production and transportation of goods.
As China continues its lockdowns to prevent coronavirus transmission, delays hit manufacturing and transport operations.
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Allentown region moving on from the days when the steel industry collapsed

May 5, 2022
The Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania has a booming manufacturing sector and is fast becoming a major logistics hub.
Rusted blast furnaces at the SteelStacks campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania are seen. They now serve as a backdrop for music concerts.
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Shifting supply chains settle on Mexico

May 2, 2022
After a pandemic, trade war and rising wages, many manufacturers have been looking for other options outside of China.
With rising labor costs in China and the delay in receiving goods, some U.S. manufacturers are moving operations to Mexico. Above, workers at a truck parts factory in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, in May 2020.
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There's more free capacity on trucks. That means supply chains may be loosening.

Apr 15, 2022
Fewer goods coming from China during its lockdown and more trucking companies have helped.
China's recent lockdowns of ports and manufacturing hubs have slowed imports to the U.S., giving the supply chain a chance to catch up.
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What's the connection between domestic manufacturing output and consumer prices?

Apr 15, 2022
There are fewer roadblocks for manufacturers recently, but economists say increased domestic production won't necessarily lead to lower prices in the U.S.
Two major roadblocks to manufacturing — supply chain snarls and hiring — have been easing lately.
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China's COVID outbreak causing new manufacturing slowdowns

Mar 14, 2022
China’s zero-tolerance approach to the virus is affecting American as well as Chinese companies.
Strict anti-coronavirus measures are hindering electronics manufacturing and other business in China. Above, workers in protective gear at a mass testing site in Beijing.
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Demand for manufacturing equipment continues to grow

Mar 1, 2022
Orders for core capital goods hit a 40-year high in January. That’s because demand for manufactured goods is still high.
Manufacturers have been ordering more equipment: things like metalworking tools, power generators, computers.
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