May 30, 2013

The Home Depot has announced a single-day effort to prepare residents in storm-prone regions for the upcoming hurricane season. On Saturday, July 27, the retailer will host Hurricane Preparedness Workshops at more than 700 of its stores from the Gulf Coast to New England. 

Workshop leaders will cover hurricane readiness topics, including storm-prep projects, generator safety, sizing generators for specific home or business needs, and assembling disaster preparedness kits.

February 12, 2013

A report released Friday by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates estimated that retail imports will increase 8.5% in February, after a contract deal between the East Coast and Gulf Coast dockworkers is finalized.

January 14, 2013

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 2.3% in January over the same month last year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

Meanwhile, port workers say they’re ready to strike at East Coast and Gulf Coast docks.

August 30, 2012

A slow-moving Hurricane Isaac is bad news for the people of the Gulf Coast, according to Thursday morning weather reports. 

By one estimate, Isaac could cause as much as $1.5 billion in insured losses. Nearly 650,000 people in the area are without power in the Gulf region and Arkansas.

Retail companies and distributors have mobilized.

August 21, 2012

Fort Worth, Texas-based home builder D.R. Horton has acquired the homebuilding operations of Breland Homes, which operates in Huntsville, Mobile and Baldwin County in Alabama and along the gulf coast of Mississippi. The home-building operating assets included about 320 homes in inventory and 1,020 finished lots. D.R. Horton will also control an additional 3,700 lots through option contracts. 

July 10, 2012

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) urged the International Longshoremen’s Association and the United States Maritime Alliance to reach a contract agreement well in advance of the Sept. 30 deadline in order to prevent a disruption to the flow of goods.

The ongoing labor negotiations affect 14 East and Gulf Coast ports, which together account for 95% of all containerized shipments to the Eastern seaboard.

September 15, 2008

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September 7, 2008

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September 2, 2008

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June 5, 2008

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May 15, 2008

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May 4, 2008

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April 29, 2008

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March 2, 2008

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November 18, 2007

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September 9, 2007

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June 10, 2007

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