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LOGISTICS: Mapping the New Retail Supply Chain ...

By Amy Roach Partridge

Gone are the days of single-channel apparel retailing—and supply chains servicing that model. Today, apparel retailers must optimize their supply chains to deliver products from any point where consumers want to buy them.

The formula for apparel retail success used to be straightforward: give consumers quality, on-trend garments at the right price point, in an attractive store setting with helpful sales associates, and watch the dollars roll in. Behind the scenes, the supply chain needed only to support the single mission of getting goods to retail stores on time—a largely predictable process.

Today, however, the apparel retail environment is vastly different. 

Brick-and-mortar stores exist as merely one channel in a rapidly expanding multi-channel world that has complicated the retail landscape. 

The typical channel lineup for apparel retailers can now include brick-and-mortar stores; outlet locations; e-commerce sites; social and mobile commerce; catalogs; and othe…

M/V OCEAN ATLAS DETENTION: American Sailor Held In Venezuela Uses Facebook To Ask For Help, Prayers, Beer ...

8 comments, 3 called-out Russell Macomber's profile photo. Getting detained on dubious grounds in a third-world country with a broad anti-American streak is a genuine nightmare, but one American seaman is making the best of it with the aid of Facebook, a smartphone and a keen sense of gallows humor. Russell Macomber of Ormond Beach, Florida, is a crewman on the M/V Ocean Atlas, a heavy-lift cargo ship that has sailed under a U.S. flag since 2002. On Aug. 29, Ocean Atlas was detained in the Venezuelan port of Maracaibo. Its crew has been held there ever since, enduring multiple searches by agents from Interpol and the Venezuelan drug enforcement agency and the arrest of the ship’s captain. The grounds for the detention are unclear — crew members were initially told it was suspicion of drug smuggling, then told they were suspected of smuggling firearms — as is the timeline for their release. My colleague Chris Helman has more. Venezuela Seizes U.S. Vessel On Suspicion Of Arms Traffic…

CROWLEY VESSEL DETAINED BY CHAVEZ: U.S. ship captain released by Venezuela, charges dropped ...

Hugh Bronstein


5:58 p.m. CDT, September 10, 2012

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela has dropped weapons charges against the American captain of a U.S.-flagged cargo ship arrested last week after three rifles were found on board, people familiar with the latest diplomatic rumpus between Washington and Caracas said.

Authorities suspecting the vessel of arms trafficking put 14 crew members under armed guard at the rear of the vessel, the "Ocean Atlas," while the captain was taken on land for questioning.

"The charges have been dropped," said Mark Miller, spokesman for the ship's Florida-based management company Crowley Maritime.

"The captain is back on board the ship with the crew and plans are being made to leave port, which it will at the soonest opportunity," Miller told Reuters by telephone on Monday.

The U.S. embassy in Caracas declined to comment, but a spokesman for the Venezuelan government confirmed that the matter had been resolved.

The captain'…

THE STEP PROJECT: Bees, fruits and money ...

by Staff Writers

London, UK (SPX) Sep 06, 2012

This is the logo for the STEP project. Credit: STEP.

Two thirds of the crops humans use for food production and the majority of wild plant species depend on pollination by insects such as bees and hover-flies. 

This ecosystem service, however, provided by nature to humans for free, is increasingly failing. 

As an example, after 3000 years of sustainable agriculture, farmers in the Chinese province Sichuan have to pollinate apple flowers themselves by using pollination sticks - brushes made of chicken feathers and cigarette filter.

This is one small example of a problem occurring world-wide, including Europe. The work has been carried out in part part by STEP, an EU-funded Framework program Seven (FP7) project.

A global survey of several studies demonstrated a severe decline of pollinators and provision of pollination services in a wide range of intensively managed temperate and tropical agroecosystems. 

Considering that global crop production wor…

THE LATEST FROM FDA ON FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) ...

Remarks at the 2012 FDA Science Writers Symposium

2012 FDA Science Writers Symposium
Silver Spring, MD
September 11, 2012

As prepared for delivery by
Michael R. Taylor
Deputy Commissioner for Foods
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

It’s a pleasure to participate in the 2012 Science Writer’s Symposium to talk about food safety.

The food safety arena is in an extraordinarily dynamic phase – at FDA and across the global food system. Change is underway, and it is change that is grounded in our scientific understanding of foodborne illness, its causes, and how it can be prevented. It is thus fitting at this Science Writers Symposium to review where we are in implementing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the science-based, public health prevention vision on which it is based, including the critical role science will continue to play.

My central message is this: FDA eagerly embraces change in its food safety program and is hard at work laying the foundation for a modern, prevention-…