On March 25, 1911, fire swept through the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York City. One hundred and forty-six garment workers perished in the blaze, many of them trapped in the building because management had locked the exit doors. The youngest of the victims were 14. It was a horrifying tragedy, not atypical of working conditions during the so-called Progressive Era. Can we not, however, take comfort in knowing that those times are far behind us?
The 2012 MAP-21 bill provides highway and transit funding through FY 2014. Janet Kavinoky of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce provides insight into how this law will impact logistics and discusses other transportation issues before Congress.
HP has published a list of the 195 smelters that have been identified within its supply chain. The move is designed to achieve a conflict-free supply chain for itself and to encourage the entire industry to move toward greater utilization of conflict-free smelters and refiners.
Earlier in the month, Congress and President Obama reauthorized legislation surrounding the Export-Import Bank, ultimately extending its lending authority for another two years and increasing its credit limits.
Each disruption in global supply chains seems to bring a new surprise. On March 31 of this year, it was an explosion and fire at a chemical plant in Marl, Germany. The incident at the factory of Evonik Industries resulted in the deaths of two workers and caused damage that will take all summer to repair.