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Retail container traffic to be up slightly in December

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports should be up 0.3% in December compared with the same month last year, as retailers head to the finish line of the holiday shopping season, according to the monthly “Global Port Tracker” report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“The uptick we’re expecting for December isn’t large at all but it comes after several months where retailers had reduced their imports from last year, so it’s a positive sign by comparison,” said NRF VP supply chain and customs policy Jonathan Gold. “Retailers are placing a cautious bet that consumer demand is increasing.”

The total for 2011 is forecast at 14.73 million TEU, down one-tenth of 1% from last year’s 14.75 million TEU.

Global Port Tracker counts only the number of cargo containers imported, not the value of their contents, so cargo volume does not directly correlate with retail sales. 

Global Port Tracker, which is produced for NRF by the consulting firm Hackett Associates, covers the U.S. ports of Long Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma on the West Coast; New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads, Charleston and Savannah on the East Coast, and Houston on the Gulf Coast.

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Poly-Wood announces executive promotion

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Syracuse, Ind.-based Poly-Wood Inc., a manufacturer of high-performance, eco-friendly casual outdoor furniture, announced the recent promotion of Chad Yordy to VP sales and marketing. 

Yordy initially joined Poly-Wood in 2006 as director of sales for the contract division. In his new position, Yordy, who will continue to be responsible for the expansion of sales and distribution channels, also will coordinate the company’s growth strategies.

“Our growth in the coming years will focus on the convergence of technology and marketing initiatives,” said Yordy in a prepared statement. “I am looking forward to leading our efforts to implement unified sales and technology strategies and to the growth that can result.”

In addition to its casual furniture manufacturing operation, the company is also an industry leader in the manufacturing and marketing of plastic lumber to multiple industries from landscaping to farming.  Poly-Wood also recently acquired the Image Group, a leading design and advertising firm serving northeastern Indiana.

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UGL holds dealer giveaway

BY Brae Canlen

Specialty Paint Manufacturer United Gilsonite Laboratories (UGL) will celebrate its 80th anniversary in 2012 by randomly selecting one retailer order per month and awarding the winner the order free (maximum $1000 credit), a total of 12 orders.

“It takes a lot of hard work, dedication and loyal customers to make it all work,” said Bob Connolly, UGL national sales manager. “This is our way of showing customers we value their business, we understand economic times are tough, and we want to do our part to make sure we are all successful.”

Dealers can get more information regarding the order giveaway through their UGL sales representative or by calling UGL at (800) 845-5227. 

Based in Scranton, Pa., UGL makes ZAR wood finishing products and Drylok masonry waterproofer.

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