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C'mon: let's close the supply chain salary gap.

Supply chain salaries climb, women not closing gap -- Half of supply chain professionals notched a salary increase, while 37 per cent remained at their previous level. Ten per cent saw a wage cut in the last year. The gender gap continues to grow, with a 23.9 per cent disparity between male and female earnings this year. That's an average salary of $93,600 for men versus $71,300 for women. The gap has widened from 19.5 per cent in 2009.

The Fabric of our Lives is getting too expensive.

Cotton Clothing Price Tags to Rise -- Synthetic linings. Smaller buttons. Less Italian fabric. And yes, even more polyester. Unusually high cotton prices have apparel makers scrambling to keep down costs, but consumers be warned: cotton clothing will be getting more expensive.

A trending equation: China + Walmart = Recall

Black & Decker, Haier chest freezers recalled over fire hazard -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Haier America Trading LLC on Tuesday announced a voluntary recall of about 67,500 Black & Decker and Haier chest freezers because they pose a fire hazard, CPSC said.

Sheena Moore

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