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Little Rock Port Authority director Bryan Day is optimistic that the port will recover as soon as business returns to normal.
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Reading The Future: Economic Development (40 Years of Arkansas Business)

Investments in roads, bridges and water infrastructure must be a key priority and include developing new and coordinated transit systems. read more >
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Reading The Future: Aerospace & Defense (40 Years of Arkansas Business)

In 2022, aerospace and defense exports made up more than 15% of the state’s total exports with more than $890 million in goods exported. read more >
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UA Supply Chain Management Program Boosted by PandemicLock Icon

The COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented attention to the importance of supply chains in business, and in life, and that in turn brought increased attention to the Walton College of Business. read more >
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Brent Williams on What Sets Walton College Apart

Brent D. Williams became dean of the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville on Feb. 1. read more >
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ArcBest Launches Line of Autonomous Forklifts, Reach Trucks

The robots have advanced cameras and sensors to navigate facilities, find specific pallets and then unload and load them. read more >
Legal / Public Companies / Retail

$115M Trade Secrets Case Now Favors WalmartLock Icon

A federal judge has ordered a new trial in the trade secrets case against Walmart Inc. read more >
Government & Politics / Manufacturing / Small Business / Transportation

Biden Will Convene New Supply Chain Council, Announce 30 Steps to Strengthen US Logistics

Among the 30 new actions, Biden, a Democrat, will use the Defense Production Act to have the Health and Human Services Department invest in the domestic manufacturing of needed medicines that are deemed crucial for national security. read more >
Banking & Finance / Investments / Small Business / Technology

Bentonville’s Ox Attracts National Press, InvestorsLock Icon

Charu Thomas, 25, founded Ox in Bentonville, whose technology integrates AI and wearable devices to optimize supply-chain efficiency, addressing pandemic-induced challenges. read more >
Construction

Walmart Plans $257M Beef Packing Plant in Kansas

Once the facility is completed, Walmart expects 667 new permanent jobs for the faciity. read more >
Business Services / Public Companies / Transportation

UPS Strike Looms in a World Grown Reliant on Delivery

UPS delivers millions more packages every day than it did just five years ago and its 350,000 unionized workers, represented by the Teamsters, still seethe about a contract they feel was forced on them in 2018. read more >
A warehouse worker uses Ox wearable technology to track items in the supply chain.
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Ox of Bentonville Closes $12.6M in Series A Funding

Ox has created an artificial intelligence platform and wearable technology that it says streamlines supply chain management by more than 20%. read more >
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Exporter Challenges for 2023 (Jana Carter Commentary)

Exporters must look out for increased sanctions from the U.S., particularly against Russia and China. read more >
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Banking & Finance / Real Estate

Fed Raises Key Rate by Half-Point and Signals More to Come

The central bank boosted its benchmark rate a half-point to a range of 4.25% to 4.5%, its highest level in 15 years. read more >
Construction materials at Our House in Little Rock, which is undergoing a $16 million expansion
Transportation

Construction Firms Adapt To New Era Of Planning

Construction company executives say demand for projects has remained robust, and they have learned to cope with now-predictable complications like higher materials costs and labor shortages. read more >
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Construction / Tourism

Sports Construction Rolls Right Through Economic Uncertainty

Interest rates, inflation and supply chain issues factor into the plans, according to construction and financing experts, but they haven't been standing in the way. read more >
Transportation

J.B. Hunt Teases Supply Chain Project

Spencer Frazier, the company’s executive vice president of sales and marketing, said the initiative will bring "a new era of cooperation, connectivity and value creation." read more >
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Business Services / Public Companies / Transportation

Rail Workers Win Key Concessions in Deal to Prevent Strike

The deal that's retroactive to 2020 will give rail workers the biggest raises they've seen in more than four decades. But the concessions related to working conditions may prove to be more important to them. read more >
A home in the downtown Bentonville area near the city's water tower
Construction / Real Estate

Report: Home Sales Down, Prices Up in Northwest Arkansas

The latest Skyline Report found that the pace of new construction in the region slowed because of supply chain issues. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics / Manufacturing / Transportation

US, Mexico to Cooperate on Semiconductors, Electric Vehicles

The partnership seeks to eat into Asia's advantage in semiconductors and batteries needed for electric vehicles and promote North American production. read more >
A BNSF rail yard in Wilmington, California
Business Services / Public Companies / Transportation

Unions Blast Rail Move to Delay Shipments Before Contract Deadline

A strike or lockout won't be allowed until this coming Friday, but the railroads appear to be bracing for one. read more >