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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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The shipping industry is still struggling, but analysts see potential for an upswing

Nov 8, 2023
Does weakening demand for shipping suggest a downturn in 2024, or might there be signs of brighter days ahead for the freight industry?
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Panama drought makes canal passage "quite the challenge," customs broker says

Oct 18, 2023
Low water levels in the Panama Canal are forcing a customs broker in Pennsylvania to reroute cargo so it's deliver on time.
Low water levels in the Panama canal are affecting shipping costs globally.
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Why some car parts are still hard to find

Sep 18, 2023
Dealers are still playing catch-up after the chip shortage and suppliers are building parts for new cars rather than those on the road.
Dealerships are hesitant to sell high-demand parts to repair shops. Instead, they're prioritizing putting those parts into new cars.
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When one company dominates a market, there can be downsides

Aug 24, 2023
Chipmaker Nvidia is the breakout sensation of the AI boom. But supply chain snarls have taught us the risks of having few sources.
Nvidia designs about 80% of the specialized chips needed to train complex artificial intelligence models. It makes a single-source product that's fabricated by only one company.
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India's ban on certain rice exports sends some U.S. consumers scrambling to find it on store shelves

Jul 28, 2023
The Indian government recently decided to ban exports of non-basmati varieties.
The Indian Government said it banned some rice exports to tackle inflation that had been driving rice prices way up for Indian consumers.
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Businesses are stocking inventory again

Jul 27, 2023
Businesses spent 2022 offloading a glut of inventory, but — in a good sign for the economy — they’re starting to carry more products now.
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Why homebuilders remain confident in spite of high interest rates

Jul 19, 2023
High interest rates are hitting the construction industry, but homebuilder confidence keeps growing, given the steady demand for new construction.
With existing inventory still low and mortgage rates still high, more buyers are turning to new construction.
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What happens if UPS workers go on strike?

Jul 10, 2023
The last time UPS workers went on strike was 1997. It lasted 15 days, and cost $850 million. 
UPS and its workers union just ended another round of negotiations with no deal, and their contract expires July 31.
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After months of glut, manufacturers now say inventories are almost "too low"

Jul 6, 2023
Manufacturers surveyed by the Institute for Supply Management said that their clients’ inventories shrank in June. But how low is too low?
Low inventory levels could be a sign that manufacturers are doing a good job of handling the economic slow down.
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