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May 17, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
L ogistics, the art of bringing socks and TVs and carrots from where they're made to a store near you, is a trillion-dollar industry in the U.S., and continuing to grow. The industry grew 10% in the middle of a deep recession, according to a report last year , and helps companies such as Wal-Mart, Target and Amazon get goods to you in increasingly cheap ways. But the logistics industry may also be driving down standards of living, according to a report out today by Jason Rowe of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, in partnership with New Labor, a workers rights group.
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March 26, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
American Tire Distributors Inc., one of the nation's largest tire distributors, has agreed to rent a massive new $65-million warehouse near Bakersfield in the Kern County city of Shafter. Landlord Roll Real Estate Development will build the 1-million-square-foot distribution center for the North Carolina tire and wheel seller at Roll Real Estate's Paramount Logistics Park. The new industrial building for American Tire will sit on more than 45 acres and include 234 trailer stalls and 201 loading docks.
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February 28, 2014 | By Alene Tchekmedyian
The roof of a warehouse in Burbank collapsed Friday, rupturing a gas line Friday morning, and forcing an evacuation. The warehouse, at 3083 Lima St., is part of a block-long, one-story building that also houses three other businesses, Burbank Fire Capt. Peter Hendrickson said. The roof collapse caused an estimated 40-by-40-foot hole and broke a gas line, and 10 to 20 people working in the adjacent offices had to evacuate the building, he told the Burbank Leader . “The roof is actually on the floor,” Hendrickson said, adding that rain was falling into the building.
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February 28, 2014 | By Alene Tchekmedyian
The roof of a warehouse in Burbank collapsed Friday, rupturing a gas line Friday morning, and forcing an evacuation. The warehouse, at 3083 Lima St., is part of a block-long, one-story building that also houses three other businesses, Burbank Fire Capt. Peter Hendrickson said. The roof collapse caused an estimated 40-by-40-foot hole and broke a gas line, and 10 to 20 people working in the adjacent offices had to evacuate the building, he told the Burbank Leader . “The roof is actually on the floor,” Hendrickson said, adding that rain was falling into the building.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
As many as three dozen workers at a warehouse in Mira Loma walked off the job Wednesday to protest what they called poor working conditions. A spokeswoman for a group that is supporting the workers said they were suffering from poorly ventilated workspaces, high heat, and faulty and unsafe equipment. The protest took place at a warehouse operated by NFI Industries, which employs about 300 workers. NFI is a New Jersey logistics, storage and distribution services company that operates warehouses in several Southern California locations for major retailers, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. “These workers have exhausted all options,” said Guadalupe Palma, a director of Warehouse Workers United, an organization that receives funding from the Change to Win labor federation and has been working to try to organize Inland Empire warehouse workers.
BUSINESS
November 30, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher
Lawyers for Inland Empire warehouse workers are raising the stakes in a legal battle with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. over hours, pay and other conditions at a giant distribution complex in Riverside County. On Friday, they unveiled an amended complaint filed in U.S. District Court alleging that Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, ultimately is responsible for pressuring a contractor and subcontractors to work more quickly. Wal-Mart said it would contest the allegation at an initial Jan. 7 court hearing.
NEWS
September 11, 2012 | By David A. Keeps
Trebor/Nevets, the furniture store and interior design studio on Long Beach's Retro Row, is opening its warehouse for a one-day sale Sept 16. Home furnishings -- vintage and new, including sofas from the store's made-in-L.A. T/N Studio Collection -- will sell at deep discounts, sometimes less than half their original prices. The Sebastian sofa (see related photo gallery) that normally retails for $3,450 will be on sale for $1,600. The Penelope Tete a Tete covered in a fabric flecked with metallic threads originally sold for $1,850 but will be marked down to $1,200.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2013 | By Emily Keeler
After months of stalled negotiations over salaries, workers at Amazon's German warehouses are threatening to walk out for the Christmas shopping season. It would not be the first time German workers walked out on Amazon . Verdi, the Services and Trade Union, has organized short strikes in Leipzig, Saxony and Bad Hersfeld this year. Workers represented by Verdi in Amazon's distribution centers have been trying to force Amazon to recognize collective bargaining agreements in the mail order and retail industry as wage benchmarks for workers in the distribution centers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2011 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from San Francisco -- For an organization that wants us all to live more lightly on Mother Earth, Greenpeace sure has a lot of stuff. Cases of humpback whale costumes and a forest-green ambulance marked "Climate Emergency Response. " Inflatable boats and a two-man airship. Handcuffs, 70 purple umbrellas and a climbing wall where protesters train before rappelling down the headquarters of corporate America. Decades worth of props are housed in a fading yellow warehouse half the size of a football field in San Francisco's Dogpatch, an industrial neighborhood squeezed between a freeway and a shipyard.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- State labor regulators have ordered a Chino warehouse operator to pay more than $1 million in overtime plus $200,000 in penalties for hundreds of state labor law violations. State Labor Commissioner Julie Su issued citations Monday to Quetico, a warehouse and distribution company that handles shoes, apparel and electronic goods for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other big-box retailers. The commissioner's investigation of two Quetico facilities, totaling a half-million square feet, found that the company created restrictive procedures which shorted 865 workers of their wages.
TRAVEL
February 22, 2014 | By Andrew Bender
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma traces its contemporary history to pioneers who populated the prairies. Now, new urban pioneers are repopulating the capital, Oklahoma City, as restaurateurs re-imagine landmark buildings and create new communities around them. They could hardly have come at a better time: The local economy is booming, and Forbes ranks OKC as the nation's eighth-fastest-growing city, thanks to thriving oil, gas and wind-power sectors as well as fracking. I was here in September for a consulting job, and I extended my stay to find these restaurants with a previous life.
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December 5, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
This weekend, online shopping destination Gilt.com is going analog with the Gilt Warehouse Sale at Siren Studios in L.A., featuring racks and racks of clothing and accessories for women and men by Missoni, Vera Wang, Carolina Herrera, Paul Smith, John Varvatos and more, discounted at up to 90% off. (Think a Marni jeweled collar for $99, a Missoni zigzag scarf for $39 and a pair of holiday red Narciso Rodriguez shoes for $179.) For added diversions, you can check out Infiniti Q50 cars and concept rooms custom designed by Zac Posen and Thom Browne, sip cocktails, and enjoy treatments from exhale mind body spa. Gilt City Warehouse Sale, Saturday, 1 to 7 p.m., Siren Studios, 6063 Sunset Blvd.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2013 | By Emily Keeler
After months of stalled negotiations over salaries, workers at Amazon's German warehouses are threatening to walk out for the Christmas shopping season. It would not be the first time German workers walked out on Amazon . Verdi, the Services and Trade Union, has organized short strikes in Leipzig, Saxony and Bad Hersfeld this year. Workers represented by Verdi in Amazon's distribution centers have been trying to force Amazon to recognize collective bargaining agreements in the mail order and retail industry as wage benchmarks for workers in the distribution centers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Firefighters continued to battle a stubborn chemical-fueled fire at a Santa Ana warehouse more than eight hours after it was reported Wednesday morning. The Orange County Fire Authority's hazardous-material team was on site and expected to determine whether any chemicals, including acetone and alcohol, were still leaking from their containers, said agency spokesman Capt. Steve Concialdi. "There's still a lot of debris in there and lots of pockets where the fire is," Concialdi said.
BUSINESS
July 29, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Amazon.com Inc. is going on a hiring binge. The Seattle-based company said Monday it will immediately begin to fill more than 5,000 full-time warehouse jobs and about 2,000 customer service jobs. The positions are available at 17 distribution centers across the United States, including three so-called fulfillment centers in California: San Bernardino, Tracy and Patterson, the company said in a statement.  PHOTOS: Workers beware: Top cities with falling wages "We're hiring more than 5,000 people to join our team and help us continue to innovate and serve our customers,” said Dave Clark, vice president of worldwide operations and customer service at Amazon.
BUSINESS
July 24, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Thirty workers didn't report for their jobs Wednesday at a warehouse supplying Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other retailers, protesting alleged retaliation from managers after employees complained about poor working conditions, organizers said. The action in Mira Loma is the latest in a string of protests against warehouses and logistics companies in the Inland Empire by Warehouse Workers United, a union-backed advocacy group pushing for better working conditions. The workers, who aren't represented by a union, staged a rally at a warehouse operated by Olivet International Inc., which sells apparel and luggage to various retailers, including Wal-Mart, Target Corp.
BUSINESS
May 24, 2012 | By Amy Martinez
SEATTLE — Amazon.com Inc., addressing issues that have drawn heavy criticism of the company, told shareholders that it planned to improve warehouse conditions and drop its membership in a conservative public-policy organization. More than 100 protesters rallied outside the company's annual shareholders meeting Thursday at the Seattle Art Museum, calling on the Internet retailer to pay more taxes, treat its workers better and drop its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2013 | By Jason La
Lenny Lloyd da Silva photographed the historic Municipal Warehouse No. 1 , completed in 1917, at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro on June 14. He used a Nikon D3100. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
More than 100 Los Angeles firefighters were battling a huge blaze raging out of control Monday evening in a commercial building in Sun Valley. Flames and thick clouds of smoke were billowing from the one-story structure in the 9400 block of Telfair Avenue, according to television news footage.  The Los Angeles Fire Department said the building may be vacant and declared the blaze a "major emergency. " The fire was reported shortly before 5:30 p.m. No other details were immediately available.
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