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1/21/2022

A record 10.7 million 20-foot container units moved through the Port of Los Angeles in 2021, beating 2018's record by 13%, according to Executive Director Gene Seroka. The Port of Long Beach handled a record 9.38 million units, up nearly 16% from 2020, while the Port of Oakland received its highest volume of imports since it was established almost a century ago.

1/21/2022

Nike said it's able to work through current and future supply chain challenges through tech innovations, including using robots to more efficiently move and ship products. The activewear and sneaker brand also created regional facilities in the US and Europe to speed up distribution, and it's using artificial intelligence tools to gain insights into consumer preferences.

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Footwear News
1/21/2022

Logistics companies ArcBest and NFI Industries are rolling out thousands of remote-operated forklifts that use Phantom Auto's teleoperation software. The forklifts could help address labor shortages at warehouses by making it possible for forklift operators to work off-site.

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NFI Industries
1/21/2022

The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the American Innovation and Choice Online Act on Thursday to a full Senate vote. The bill targets technology companies that prioritize their own services on their platforms.

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Axios
1/21/2022

Manufacturers are facing a host of challenges, including high demand, inflation, production costs, supply chain constraints and a labor shortage exacerbated by positive COVID-19 cases. Generac Power Systems CEO Aaron Jagdfeld says his company is coping with staffing shortages by rearranging workers' duties and increasing wages and prices.

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Fox Business
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Generac Power Systems
1/21/2022

Amazon has signed at least four purchase deals for electric delivery vans, while FedEx and Walmart are also placing orders. Rivian, Ford, General Motors' BrightDrop, Canoo and Arrival are just some of the manufacturers entering this space.

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The New York Times
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Rivian, Walmart
1/21/2022

Industrial clusters, where manufacturers are grouped and can share services and resources, are ideal places to reduce emissions and energy consumption while also saving money, writes Heliogen CEO Bill Gross. "Using industrial-scale renewable resources -- green hydrogen, solar thermal, solar plus storage, and other technologies -- makes further savings," Gross writes.

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World Economic Forum
1/21/2022

Tesla and Samsung are among the companies investing in Central Texas, where nonprofits and local colleges are offering training and education for manufacturing jobs. Austin Community College offers certification through the Tesla START manufacturing program, and Skillpoint Alliance provides free education and training in manufacturing, construction and maintenance.

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Tesla, Samsung, Skillpoint Alliance
1/21/2022

FedEx Logistics will begin docking charter ships at the Port of Hueneme in California this month to circumvent congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. FedEx Logistics CEO Udo Lange compared the Port of Los Angeles to "a clogged artery" and added, "Now you really need to do more drastic heart surgery and from then on reintroduce flow."

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Supply Chain Dive
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Udo Lange
1/21/2022

Starting Saturday, the US Department of Homeland Security will no longer allow Canadian and Mexican truck drivers to cross US borders unless they're fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. The Canadian Trucking Alliance and American Trucking Alliance predict that the mandate will further disrupt supply chains and that up to 15% of truck drivers could give up their cross-border routes.

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FreightWaves