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Washington, D.C. -- A report released Friday by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates estimated that retail imports will increase 8.5% in February, after a contract deal between the East Coast and Gulf Coast dockworkers is finalized. The...

"We have have many catalog customers located in the Newtown, Connecticut area. We posted some condolences on Facebook, but what are some best practices about marketing to people in this area going forward? Should we hold off on sending catalogs there for a while? Is a direct mailing appropriate?" 

The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) have agreed to extend their contract negotiations for an additional 30 days, averting a potential labor strike at 14 East and Gulf Coast ports, which...

Fifteen container ports along the East and Gulf Coasts — stretching from Maine to Texas — will immediately shut down if an agreement isn't made between the International Longshoremen's Association, which represents dockworkers, and the United States Maritime Alliance, which represents terminal managers. The two sides have been negotiating a new labor contract for months, with the assistance of federal mediators, but their talks recently broke down, signaling that a coastwide supply chain disruption is imminent. The last time these ports experienced a strike was 1977.

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports should be up 0.3 percent in December compared with the same month last year as retailers head to the finish line of the holiday shopping season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

WASHINGTON — A report released Tuesday by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates said that import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports has started to decline for the fall, and November is forecast at 1.9% below the same month last year. The decrease is attributed to the fact that most retailers already have their holiday season merchandise either on their shelves or en route to their stores. “As always, retailers are being very strategic with their supply chains,” said Jonathan Gold, VP supply chain and customs policy for the NRF. “Although sales are expected to

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