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Business briefs: Port Manatee ranks high in logistics survey

PORT MANATEE -- A recent survey of 7,500 readers of Logistics Management Magazine ranks Port Manatee as one of the best in the nation when it comes to doing business, how it operates and its overall value.

The port is one of 20 named in the magazine's survey and one of only two in Florida to earn the marks to get named among Logistics Management's quest for quality winner.

It was one of just four Gulf of Mexico ports to make the survey. Port Manatee tied for the top ranking for the quality of its equipment and operations with Port Beaumont, Texas, and Cleveland port, receiving a score of 11.79. It tied for the lowest score for its ocean carrier network with Port of Milwaukee, but received enough other high marks to win the quality award overall.

Carlos Buqueras, Port Manatee's executive director, said it was "particularly gratifying" to be among the Gulf ports selected for the honor.

The magazine promotes the quest for quality award process as benchmark study of logistics and transportation service excellence.

Hewlett-Packard splits off PC, printer businesses

Hewlett-Packard is splitting itself into two companies, one focused on its personal computer and printing business and another on technology services, such as data storage, servers and software, as it aims to drive profits higher.

Hewlett-Packard, like other PC makers, has been facing changing consumer tastes -- moving away from desktops and laptops and toward smartphones and tablets. It has also faced revenue declines 11 of the past 12 quarters. The company laid off tens of thousands of people in recent years as sales crumbled.

The planned breakup follows other big companies that have spun off business units in order to drive growth. EBay Inc. this month said it would spin off its fastest growing segment, payment service PayPal, into a separate and pub

licly traded company.

The shared hope is that the two units will be worth more separately and be able to grow more quickly apart than they can together.

HP said Monday that the PC and printer business will use the name HP Inc. The services business will be called Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. HP CEO Meg Whitman will lead the Enterprise business. HP PC and printer chief Dion Weisler will be CEO of HP Inc.

Herald staff and wire reports

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