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Amazon Looks to Lure Holiday Shoppers Offline and Into Its Stores

Amazon Looks to Lure Holiday Shoppers Offline and Into Its Stores

Amazon goes into the holiday season with a newly magnified brick-and-mortar presence, giving it more opportunities to sell its Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets and other gadgets.[more]


World's Biggest Wealth Fund Turns Attention to Fashion Houses

World's Biggest Wealth Fund Turns Attention to Fashion Houses

After focusing on industries like coal and weapons, Norway’s $1tr sovereign wealth fund is turning its attention to fashion.[more]


'Borneo Atlas' to Help Palm Oil Buyers Check on Forest Damage

Researchers have created for the first time a detailed map that will help buyers and consumers of palm oil work out whether the supply chain is harming forests on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo.[more]


Opinion: An Autonomous Future and the Way Forward for Logistics

Earlier this year, the International Transport Forum (ITF) published a report on global action and legal issues pertaining to the transition to driverless trucks. While technology and innovation move at a swift pace, indeed regulatory and infrastructure changes will lag a few years behind.[more]


Ford Tests Exoskeletons for Assembly Line Workers

Ford Tests Exoskeletons for Assembly Line Workers

Once the purview of science fiction, exoskeletons are slowly working their way into real life. These aids are now being used on manufacturing assembly lines.[more]


UPS Inks Its Largest Investment in Renewable Natural Gas to Date

UPS is heading into the year’s end inking an agreement with Big Ox Energy to purchase the equivalent of 10 million gallons of renewable natural gas (RNG) per year.[more]


New Web-Based Tool Detects Illegal Fishing

Environmental organizations TRAFFIC and WWF along with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) have teamed up to develop a new web-based tool to address illegal fishing.[more]


Apple Is Under Fire Over Reported Illegal Labor to Build iPhone X

Apple Under Fire Over Reported Illegal Labor to Build iPhone X

Apple has been accused of relying on students working illegal overtime to build the iPhone X, through its contractor Foxconn, which manufactures the devices in Zhengzhou, China.[more]


Trump Wants More Big Infrastructure Projects. The Obstacles Can Be Big, Too.

President Trump says he is frustrated with the slow pace of major construction projects like highways, ports and pipelines. Last summer, he pledged to use the power of the presidency to jump start building when it became bogged down in administrative delays.[more]


Americans Are Feeling Richer These Days, But They Won't Necessarily Be Spending More on Gifts

Americans Are Feeling Richer These Days, but They Won't Necessarily Be Spending More on Gifts

Will shoppers really spend more this holiday season than they did last year? It depends on whom you ask.[more]


Retailers Offer Delayed Shipping Options to Avoid Peak Charges

Retailers are contending with a new challenge as this year’s holiday shopping season heats up: extra shipping fees during the busiest weeks.[more]


Three Reasons Demand Planning Has Finally Come of Age

Three Reasons Demand Planning Has Finally Come of Age

There’s nothing new about the idea of demand planning. Phoenician wine traders, 2,000 years ago, were savvy about staying ahead of fluctuations in demand via a network of merchant informants, and planned supply accordingly. The advent of vastly expanded computer data-processing power, along with...[more]


Ikea Furniture Has Killed Eight Children. Millions of Recalled Dressers May Still Be Out There.

The Swedish furniture giant Ikea has refunded just a fraction of the millions of pieces of furniture recalled after toddlers were killed, it announced last week.[more]


Largest Cocoa-Producing Countries Agree to Work With Hershey, Nestle, Mars

Governments of the two largest cocoa-producing countries — Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana — pledged themselves to “Frameworks for Action” with leading chocolate and cocoa companies at COP23 this month to end deforestation and restore forest areas in the cocoa supply chain.[more]


Robot Makers Fill Their War Chests in Fight Against Amazon

Robot Makers Fill Their War Chests in Fight Against Amazon

A few years ago, Amazon.com Inc. triggered a robot arms race when it purchased a company called Kiva Systems, maker of automated warehouse robots. Now its would-be rivals are landing bigger and bigger cash injections to try to compete with the e-commerce giant.[more]


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