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VIDEO: Massive Fire at Kuehne + Nagel operated Amazon Distribution Center

Warehouse fire

PortandTerminal.com, June 5, 2020 According to an Amazon spokesperson, the warehouse is operated by Kuehne + Nagel – a third party operator that helps Amazon ship extra-large items to customers. REDLANDS, CA – A massive three-alarm fire ignited at a third-party Amazon distribution warehouse in Redlands, California on Friday morning, fire officials said. Reports from witnesses on the scene said that roughly 100 workers …

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86 crew on American Seafoods fishing trawler test positive for COVID-19

fishing trawler onboard processing facilities

PortandTerminal.com, June 2, 2020 Working conditions on fishing trawlers are like those at onshore meat processing plants and quickly spread COVID-19 once it enters the system SEATTLE, WA – Fishing trawlers it seems are like those at meat processing plants when it comes to their cramped, damp working conditions. Once COVID-19 makes its way into one of these types of …

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Today’s Number: 200,000 – the number of exhausted seafarers stranded on the world’s seas

Crew member on container ship. Railing. China Shipping. Container

PortandTerminal.com, May 25, 2020 More than 200,000 seafarers are stranded on the world’s seas, and there is a risk of a “humanitarian crisis”, write several maritime industry associations. NEW YORK – More than 200,000 seafarers are stranded aboard ships around the world and are unable to disembark due to the current border closures and restrictions that many countries still maintain because of …

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Kuehne+Nagel owner sees about 20,000 job cuts. Regrets lack of US strength vs China

REUTERS, MAY 23, 2020 “I wish we had a strong United States as a counterweight (to China), but it is poorly governed by Donald Trump.” ZURICH (Reuters) – Freight-forwarder Kuehne+Nagel (KNIN.S) may cut more than 20,000 jobs, with warehouse workers most affected, as the coronavirus-caused economic crisis hits shipping, controlling shareholder Klaus-Michael Kuehne said in an interview. Kuehne+Nagel, which employs …

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40% of Americans now won’t buy Made-in-China products – FTI Consulting Poll

Fabric. Bar code. Chinese flag. Made in China text

BLOOMBERG, MAY 20, 2020 FTI’s survey from last week showed 86% of respondents say the U.S. relies too heavily on foreign supply chains. By Brendan Murray for Bloomberg – It’s not quite a new Cold War yet. Just the cold shoulder. Some 40% of Americans said they won’t buy products from China, according to a survey of 1,012 adults conducted May 12-14 by Washington-based FTI …

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U.S. looks at paying companies to pull their supply chains from China

U.S. President Donald Trump looks at an assembly line

REUTERS, MAY 18, 2020 Idea of a “reshoring fund” stocked with $25 billion – to encourage U.S. companies to drastically revamp their relationship with China being discussed WASHINGTON – U.S. lawmakers and officials are crafting proposals to push American companies to move operations or key suppliers out of China that include tax breaks, new rules, and carefully structured subsidies. Interviews …

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Future of Factories Is More Robots and More Mexico – Bloomberg

Automotive factory robots building car. Sparks.

BLOOMBERG, MAY 16, 2020 Whatever supply-chain upheaval comes from the coronavirus pandemic, it’s unlikely to lead to more U.S. manufacturing jobs.  By Brooke Sutherland for Bloomberg – The coronavirus pandemic is likely to spur a bigger revival of manufacturing in North America than the multiyear U.S.-China trade war ever would have on its own. Unfortunately, that’s unlikely to translate into much in the …

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“No bailout money unless you bring jobs home” says France to its car companies

Car factory. Workers

BLOOMBERG, MAY 14, 2020 By William Horobin and Tara Patel for Bloomberg – France plans to attach strings to any injection of public money into its crisis-hit automotive industry, with the repatriation of manufacturing a top priority. What kind of in-shoring are you going to do? France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire wants French car companies to bring back jobs to France in …

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