Logistics News Feb. 8, 2015

Bob’s Discount moving into Pittsburgh – Bob’s Discount Furniture continues a westward market push with the announcement of two Pittsburgh areas stores, slated to open in Q2. Read the story here. (Furniture Today)


OSHA proposes hefty fine for Ashley violations – The federal worker safety department cited Ashley for 38 violations at its Arcadia, Wisconsin factory, and is proposing $1.76 million in fines. The company disagrees, and had release a statement in rebuttal. Read the details here. (Furniture Today)


West Coast labor situation gets even worse as weekend shifts are suspended – It appears a lockout or strike at West Coast terminal gets more likely every day. Pacific Maritime Association officials suspended vessel operations over the weekend, to be resumed Monday, with gate, rail, and yard activities continuing. Both sides blame each other for the deepening crisis, while the National Retail Federation says, “Enough is enough.” Read more here. (Cargo Business News)


ILWU wants ability to fire arbitrator – In a shocking move, February 4th, James McKenna, CEO of the Pacific  Maritime Association, said the ILWU has brought a new issue to the already contentious contract talks with the PMA. It wants the right to fire local arbitrators unilaterally. Read reaction to the new demand here. (JOC)


SoCal draymen declare force majeure – Many Southern California trucking firms have notified steamship lines and the Uniform Intermodal Interchange Agreement that they will not be held liable for charges due to late equipment returns. Claiming that the current gridlock at the ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach has created circumstances beyond their control, the draymen claim they have the right to refuse payment to the carriers when they cannot return equipment. Read the story here. (JOC)


Does the drop in oil prices mean a shift in trucking? -  While no one is sure that we have reached a “new normal” pattern of energy use and transportation, the drop in oil prices has ramifications for the trucking industry besides fuel surcharges. Read more here. (Cargo Business News)


Weekly fuel price update – Diesel edged up $.02 from last week, but the national average is still $1.22 cheaper than last year at $2.068. See details here. (DOE)