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Strike ends, merchandise freed at Southern California ports

BY Brae Canlen

The strike that shut down the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach for eight days ended this afternoon, and retailers in Southern California heaved a great sign of relief. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, the strike began when a clerical unit of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 walked off the job, over the issue of improved job security. These workers handle all the paperwork associated with the cargo imported and exported by the two ports.

Many of the 70,000-plus dock workers honored the picket line, essentially shutting down the ports. According to the Wall Street Journal, an estimated 270 shipping containers, many of them holding consumer goods from China, were stuck offshore. The two ports account for roughly 40% of the value of imported goods brought into the United States.

Logistics providers who promised spring seasonal merchandise to retailers found themselves scrambling for alternatives. Pacific Mountain Logistics told the Wall Street Journal that it had a “drop dead” delivery date of Dec. 17 for a big customer expecting a shipment of patio furniture, gardening supplies and big planters.

Both sides of the dispute agreed to bring in a federal mediator Tuesday night. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

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Milestone for Sherwin-Williams stores

BY Ken Clark

Cleveland-based Sherwin-Williams Paint Stores Group opened its 3,500th retail location with a new store in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. — the company’s 70th new store this year.

The 4,000-sq.-ft. store is the 11th Sherwin-Williams retail location in Orange County and the 147th in California.

"By expanding our retail footprint, we are able to offer our exceptional products and service to even more customers," said Jay Davisson, president and general manger, Sherwin-Williams Paint Stores Group, in a prepared statement. 

Sherwin Williams ranked sixth on the 2012 HCN Industry Scoreboard.   

 

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Got a great store? Enter here

BY Ken Clark

Entries are now being accepted for the 31st annual Chain Store Age Retail Store of the Year Design Competition, which will celebrate outstanding retail and restaurant design. More than 20 categories are featured, ranging from home improvement to supermarkets to specialty stores and drug stores. 

Entries may be submitted by retailers, designers, architects or suppliers.

For more information and to download the entry form, click here.

The deadline for submissions is Dec. 17, 2012. See entry form for information about extensions. For questions, email Marianne Wilson at [email protected].

Chain Store Age is a sister publication of HCN, published by Lebhar-Friedman.

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