Economic Development

Relating to overseas sourcing and domestic economic development and the combined impact on supply chains.

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Thirteen Percent Increase in SC Ports Authority Container Volume

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Early fiscal year volumes up year-over-year, ahead of plan.
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FedEx to Increase Shipping Rates for Express, Ground and Freight Services

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FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight will increase shipping rates effective January 5, 2015.
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Panama Canal Expansion to Allow Transit of Larger Ships with Greater Volumes

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Ships carrying crude oil and petroleum products are limited by size restrictions imposed by several of the main thoroughfares of maritime navigation.
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August Freight Spot Market Continues Record-Setting Volume

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Spot market freight volume continued to achieve record-setting levels in August, increasing 32 percent compared to the same month in 2013.
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Bigcommerce Predicts Record Ecommerce Growth to Reach $2 Trillion in 2015

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As online transactions hit 20-year milestone, Bigcommerce predicts Worldwide B2C ecommerce revenues will reach $2 trillion in 2015.
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Free-Flow Program to Speed Cargo Through Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach

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PierPass Inc. launched the Free-Flow Program, testing a new cargo-handling process expected to significantly reduce the time it takes participating trucks to pick up containers at marine terminals.
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U.S. Department of Transportation Announces 72 TIGER 2014 Recipients

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Demand demonstrates need for greater transportation investment through GROW AMERICA Act.
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First U.S. Partnership to Bring CNG to Customers in Advance of Pipeline Extension

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For the first time in the nation, a local natural gas distribution company (LDC) and a “virtual pipeline” provider have partnered to provide CNG to new customers -- in advance of a pipeline extension.
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Study: Retailers Cautiously Optimistic About 2014 Holiday Sales, Focus on Omnichannel Sales

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Nearly 24 percent of retailers expect a significant increase (five percent or more) in year-over-year sales during the 2014 holiday season, while another 70 percent are predicting sales will be on par with the 2013 season.
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South Carolina Ports Authority Awarded $10.8 Million TIGER Grant

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SC Ports Authority has been awarded a $10.8 million Transportation Infrastructure Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant for planned upgrades and improvements to its Wando Welch Terminal.
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KC SmartPort Momentum

Kansas City SmartPort Momentum 2013 focused on 3PLs, the issues facing the industry, and the role or logistics in economic development

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Assurance of Supply: A Top Concern for Manufacturers

Every manufacturer has an assurance of supply problem to some extent due to the complexity of global sourcing. For years, manufacturers were blessed with high margins but margins have grown paper thin. You can’t fill up your distribution centers with excess inventory – not only is there a cost factor but the pace of business and consumer buying trends causes goods to quickly turn obsolete. Assurance of supply provides the speed and agility that is essential to being able to compete in today’s market.

 

Speaker info: Diane Palmquist, VP Manufacturing Industry Solutions

                                         

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