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174 Trade Associations Urge Settlement in West Coast Port Talks

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Washington—A coalition of 174 local, state and federal trade associations joined together to send the leaders of International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association today, urging the two sides to renew their commitment to completing their contract negotiations, which are now being overseen by federal mediators. The multi-industry/multi-stakeholder …

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AAFA Releases 2014 Apparel, Shoe Statistics

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Arlington, VA—The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) released last week its ApparelStats 2014 and ShoeStats 2014 reports, which provide a snapshot of the U.S. apparel and footwear industry market trends for 2013. ApparelStats and ShoeStats examine the yearly business and trade information related to U.S. consumption, production, employment, imports, and retail prices. “The industry …

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Holiday Imports Wrapping Up as West Coast Port Issues Continue

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Washington–With most holiday merchandise safely in the country despite significant congestion impacting West Coast ports, import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to continue to slow down this month, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and …

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Retailers Call on Port Parties to Remain at Negotiating Table

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Washington—With reports that on reports that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association are taking a break from contract negotiations, retailers are more worried than ever about shipments they expect for fourth quarter and beyond. The National Retail Federation issued FRiday the following statement from President/CEO Matthew …

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Growing List of Shareholders Urge Action on Agreement for West Coast Ports

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Washington—Retailers are getting restless. It’s all about the continuing negotiations over a new labor agreement to resolve the congestion issues that affect West Coast ports. Since the Western ports account for the majority of import cargo, retailers are concerned that the talks linger on. Meanwhile container traffic up as concern …