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    West Coast Port Agreement Ratified

    West Coast Port Agreement Ratified

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ratification of new agreement to ease shipping prices and recent challenges at West Coast ports. LOS ANGELES – May 22, 2015 – Just this week, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) voted overwhelmingly in favor of a new labor contract with dockworkers. And today, representatives from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) agreed to […]

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    The Evolution of US Industry

    The Evolution of US Industry

    By Will McKitterick, Maksim Soshkin and Darryle Ulama The economy’s shift over the past two decades is familiar to most Americans. Much of the country’s manufacturing sector has experienced a seemingly irreversible decline, while the service sectors of finance, real estate and healthcare have accounted for a greater share of economic activity. A multitude of […]

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    Oil Prices Affecting Steel

    Oil Prices Affecting Steel

    As seen in ISM’s Inside Supply Management Despite stronger demand from the construction and manufacturing sectors, steel prices have dropped significantly since September 2014, due to declining demand from the energy sector and a recent surge in imports. After a modest gain in 2014, steel prices are expected to drop 7.1 percent this year, according to market research […]

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    Don’t Get Burned by Higher Summer Construction Costs

    Don’t Get Burned by Higher Summer Construction Costs

    As originally published in Construction Executive’s Managing Your Business Demand for construction is on its way back up. Although revenue is still low compared with the boom in the mid-2000s, the sector has been improving over the past few years thanks to low interest rates, climbing investor sentiment and improving employment rates. Also, as the days […]

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    Software Solutions for Procurement Professionals

    Software Solutions for Procurement Professionals

    With dedicated procurement departments and strategic sourcing efforts growing in importance as organizations look to save money, purchasing professionals are often looking for ways to improve efficiency and productivity. Fortunately, the maturation of a multitude of software products has allowed companies of all sizes to do so. Procurement software and related products help procurement professionals […]

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    Maintaining & Improving Commercial Property on a Budget

    Maintaining & Improving Commercial Property on a Budget

    It can be difficult for commercial building managers to stay up to date on the latest market trends for the goods and services they need to keep their facilities running smoothly. Managers must tend to everything from monitoring repairs and scheduling maintenance to purchasing upgrades and enhancing facility safety. Fortunately, knowing how and when to […]