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The 2019 Basics of Information Security

The role of IT security professionals is to diligently work to reduce the exposure of corporate assets to cyber criminals. These methods range from the simplicity of locking workstations while an employee is away from their desk to utilizing artificial intelligence that interprets Internet traffic anomalies. Following a common sense approach to information security can significantly reduce the potential for loss due to cybercrime. This will focus on a few methods to help reduce risk exposure.

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Market Analysis: Transportation Recession Continues Potential Outlook for 4Q 2019 & 1Q 2020

The transportation recession has continued into November, and the outlook for the fourth quarter of 2019 and first quarter of 2020 do not hold much promise for a recovery in transportation volumes.  Truckload carriers have benefitted from sustained consumer demand and low unemployment, but other transportation modes continue to experience weakness in volumes resulting from the slowdown in manufacturing and the continuing trade negotiation with China.  

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5 Critical Things to Consider for any Project Rollout

New product launches, store refreshes or displays for a large marketing campaign can be game changers for your organization. Taking large volumes to market across thousands of retail locations is no doubt exciting, chaotic, and challenging. Time constraints compound the complexity of coordinating across multiple delivery locations, managing installations and in some cases multiple shipper locations. Especially for companies who are undertaking multiple projects simultaneously, partnering with the right logistics provider can turn these difficult endeavors into simple affairs. A true logistics partner understands your needs and is prepared to manage the inevitable challenges of delivering a cost-effective, claims-free solution without interrupting your day-to-day operations.

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Market Analysis: Mixed signals from many different economic and transportation indicators

The economy continues to send a wide variety of mixed signals as to the future direction.  Overall, these signals do not appear that the US is likely to enter into a recession in the near term.  Instead, GDP growth will probably fall somewhere around 2.0 percent for the last half of 2019 and below 2.0 in 2020. Please follow the analysis of the attached graphs from Dr. Pohlen.  

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The discussion on the U.S. / China trade war and its effects on the industry continues. Part 4 of 5.

Continuing the discussion about the more than 50 global companies have announced plans to relocate their manufacturing and production facilities as a result of the trade war between the US and China. This is in addition to the number of major corporations already moving out prior to 2017 due to rising costs and supply chain uncertainty. Many companies chose to absorb the tariffs, share costs with suppliers and customers, and take a “wait and see” position during early trade negotiations. Now 42% of companies are expecting to source materials from different regions in the next year, and 25% are redirecting investment out of China. Most manufacturers are planning to shift partial operations outside of China rather than remove all their processes.

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The discussion on the U.S. / China trade war and its effects on the industry continues. Part 3 of 5.

In the past year, more than 50 global companies have announced plans to relocate their manufacturing and production facilities as a result of the trade war between the US and China. This is in addition to the number of major corporations already moving out prior to 2017 due to rising costs and supply chain uncertainty. Many companies chose to absorb the tariffs, share costs with suppliers and customers, and take a “wait and see” position during early trade negotiations. Now 42% of companies are expecting to source materials from different regions in the next year, and 25% are redirecting investment out of China. Most manufacturers are planning to shift partial operations outside of China rather than remove all their processes.

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