SUPPLY CHAIN

Panjiva: U.S. imports rise in April

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – Imports to the U.S. were up in April from March. According to data from supply chain research firm Panjiva, April 2014 showed levels of imports that were 9% higher than imports in April 2013. The numbers of these shipments coming into the U.S. changed 11% from March 2014 to April 2014.

The number of global manufacturers shipping to the U.S. increased in April, as well, with a 10% change from March to April. April numbers continued a positive trend begun in March. In line with previous years, Panjiva reported an import increase from February, into March and into April. An increase in the number of active suppliers drove the increased imports, with active suppliers up 10% in April from March.

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Logility acquires MID Retail

BY Staff Writer

Atlanta — Logility, a leading supplier of collaborative solutions to optimize the supply chain, announced its acquisition of privately held MID Retail, Inc., an Indianapolis-based provider of retail allocation and merchandise planning solutions.

MID Retail’s products will be integrated into the Logility Voyager Solutions suite and rebranded under Voyager Retail Optimization. Like other components in Logility Voyager Solutions suite, Voyager Retail Optimization can be deployed as a stand-alone solution or as a part of a broader supply chain initiative.

“With this acquisition, Logility Voyager Solutions delivers the holistic supply chain solution retail companies need to compete in today’s complex marketplace,” stated Mike Edenfield, Logility president and CEO. “MID Retail’s innovative retail planning and allocation solutions complement the Logility Voyager Solutions suite. The combination provides a robust, comprehensive supply chain solution that helps retailers, brand owners, wholesale distributors, and manufacturers intelligently grow their businesses, increase customer service levels and reduce working capital.”

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Pure Leaf Iced Tea expands partnership with TV personality Gail Simmons

BY CSA STAFF

Pure Leaf Iced Tea, a product from the Pepsi Lipton Tea partnership, is expanding its partnership with television personality Gail Simmons to support the brand’s "Share the Love of Leaves" program.

Fans of the beverage can pitch in to make a difference in their communities, and up to $150,000 will be donated to Wholesome Wave, a nonprofit that focuses on making fresh and healthy food affordable and accessible to all people.

"At its core, Pure Leaf uses real tea leaves to deliver an outstanding product with real brewed tea taste. We wanted to take our commitment to realness to the next level, and we found a great way by supporting access to wholesome foods," said Eric Whitehouse, marketing director for the Pepsi Lipton Tea Partnership. "In partnership with Gail Simmons, our shared passion will raise awareness of Wholesome Wave’s efforts and provide underserved communities with access to fresh produce through local farmers markets."

Consumers can visit the brand’s Tumblr fan at TheLoveOfLeaves.com to follow the program and gather recipes, household tips, DIY project and more.

Pure Leaf also announced the launch of new Pure Leaf Tea & Lemonade, which blends brewed black tea and lemonade. It can be found at retailers in the Northeast.

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