Afternoon Coffee: Mississippi River Shipping Danger, Uniqlo Detoxes, Shell’s Arctic Drilling

Barge disruption.
Mississippi River Level Disrupts Supply Chain -- The Mississippi River is at historically low levels. The Army Corps of Engineers says the river will likely be able to stay open through the month, but soon it may be too shallow in parts for barge traffic. There have been calls for the corps to release water from reservoirs along the Mississippi.

More CSR for global clothing retailers.
Uniqlo latest to sign up to supply chain detox -- The clothes manufacturer and retailer, which is the biggest global fashion brand based in Asia, and its parent company Fast Retailing Group, will also improve transparency by disclosing discharge data from at least 80% of their global suppliers in 2013.

Ramp up your training programs...
Deloitte warns of 'global talent challenges' for 2013 -- "Our research shows nearly every major business is challenged with shifting talent and business towards emerging markets, while grappling with talent shortages globally - all while improving the engagement, retention and development of their workforces," said Josh Bersin, principal and founder, Bersin by Deloitte.

Arctic drilling blunders.
Interior Dept. Expedites Review of Arctic Drilling After Accidents -- Officials said the new assessment by federal regulators could halt or scale back Shell's program to open Alaska's Arctic waters to oil exploration, a $4.5 billion effort that has been plagued by equipment failures, legal delays, mismanagement and bad weather.

- Sheena Moore

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