The Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel in Virginia could be widened from four to six lanes, after the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization approved the measure. The project, which likely would include high-occupancy variable toll lanes, could cost $4 billion, but the Commonwealth Transportation Board must still approve it.
Jakks Pacific, the fifth-largest US toy supplier whose popular toys include Star Wars action figures, has stopped sales to Kmart stores, sources said. Jakks suspended shipments to a "major U.S. customer that is experiencing challenges," CEO Stephen Berman said Thursday, without naming the retailer.
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's supply chain plans include a Manufacturing Renaissance Tax Credit and a $10 billion investment to link various parts of the US supply chain, building on regional strengths. Donald Trump's plans include reducing business taxes, scaling back federal regulations and allowing US-based manufacturers to fully expense new equipment and plant costs.
As cloud computing continues to become more popular, the security of third-party platforms is worrying some members of the supply chain, Chris King writes. To protect against potentially catastrophic data breaches, King recommends looking to alternatives such as in-house developers and conducting proper background checks to ensure that cloud service providers have an unflinching commitment to protecting data.
Staples says it is focused on growing its mobile brand and encouraging customer loyalty through competitive pricing and positivity. The company is also using interactive advertising and direct-response messaging, among other tactics.
Amazon's sales make up 15% of the US consumer online sales, according to the Department of Commerce and Amazon statements, but with its volume of third-party sales, that number could be as high as 30%. When third-party sales are included, Amazon accounts for as much as $125 billion annually in online consumer purchases in the US.
The US Department of Agriculture says Miami International Airport will begin an ocean-to-air shipment program where it will receive perishable freight imports by sea and load them on international flights. Under the program, cargo shippers will get expedited air transport and will be exempt from US Customs and Border Protection duties.
More than twice as many 3D printers will ship this year compared with 2015, and this year's projected 456,000 could balloon to more than 6.7 million by 2020, a Gartner report predicts. Manufacturing and health care, including medical devices, are two sectors where 3D printers are in demand.
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