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7/20/2018

A strong culture for safety is the key to building a better workplace where employees are happy, loyal and more productive, says Chuck LeRoux, director of corporate safety, security and disability services management at Andersen Corp. LeRoux shares how Andersen changed and communicated its values as a first step toward improved workplace safety.

7/20/2018

The next generation of skilled workers can be found via in-house programs, at area high schools and among nontraditional labor pools, such as immigrants, writes Drew Slocum of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. "[K]eeping up with the momentum of today's industry begins with empowering and enabling all levels of the workforce," he writes.

7/20/2018

Under a settlement between Toys R Us and its lenders, vendors and creditors would receive cash payments with the potential for higher recoveries. The settlement, which is awaiting court approval, would also prevent unsecured vendors and creditors from suing the retailer's lenders.

7/20/2018

The ongoing freight capacity shortage is challenging the supply chain and is driven by a combination of factors such as drivers seeking other opportunities, electronic logging devices and drastic weather changes. Shippers can mitigate the problem by using 3PLs, transforming truck shipments to rail or intermodal transport, and making the loading-unloading process more efficient to avoid delays.

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7/19/2018

Spend your time and energy with people who believe in you and are willing to offer constructive criticism, and avoid people who reveal themselves to be self-absorbed and conniving, writes LaRae Quy. "While we need different types of personalities in our life to bring out the best in us, only share your dreams and goals with people who value them as much as you do," she writes.

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7/19/2018

Costco Wholesale has launched online sales of non-perishable groceries in Southern Ontario, marking the retailer's first Canadian e-commerce effort. Costco already offers online shopping in the US and expects to eventually expand the service to more markets in Canada.

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7/19/2018

Amazon's Prime Day sales event generated an estimated $4.2 billion in sales, a 33% increase from Prime Day 2017, according to Michael Pachter, a Wedbush Securities analyst. Shoppers bought more than 100 million items, according to Amazon, and gadgets including the Echo Show and the Fire TV Stick proved particularly popular.

7/19/2018

The e-commerce transition for business-to-business companies is "about the proposition behind the site and a deep understanding of complex customer journeys across all sales channels," says Avnet executive Kevin Yapp. To succeed, says Yapp, companies should try viewing and using their websites from the customer's perspective.

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7/19/2018

Grainger posted second-quarter total income of $237 million on revenue of $2.94 billion, with sales to medium-sized clients leading the way. Income and revenue were up from the year-ago period.

7/19/2018

The growth of e-commerce and omnichannel commerce continues to drive the adoption of warehouse-management systems, writes Clint Reiser, citing a yet-to-be-released ARC Advisory study. Reiser highlights other advances in WMS, such as cloud-based solutions and the use of optimization algorithms.

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