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Getting the Goods: Version 2
Author: Edna Bonacich

ISBN: 9780801474255
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 17 December 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.27 x 15.95 x 1.85
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In Getting the Goods, Edna Bonacich and Jake B. Wilson focus on the Southern California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach-which together receive 40 percent of the nearly $2 trillion worth of goods imported annually to the United States-to examine the impact of the logistics revolution on workers in transportation and distribution. Built around the invention of shipping containers and communications technology, the logistics revolution has enabled giant retailers like Walmart and Target to sell cheap consumer products made using low-wage labor in developing countries. The goods are shipped through an efficient, low-cost, intermodal freight system, in which containers are moved from factories in Asia to distribution centers across the United States without ever being opened.

Bonacich and Wilson follow the flow of imports from Asian factories, exploring the roles of importers, container shipping companies, the ports, railroad and trucking companies, and warehouses. At each stage, Getting the Goods raises important questions about how the logistics revolution affects logistics workers. Drawing extensively on interview...

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