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Thought Leaders: Making e-Commerce Work For Manufacturers

February 19, 2015 3:30 pm | by Manufacturing.net | Videos

In the last five to ten years, the use of online ordering — via a desk top or mobile device — has skyrocketed in the industrial MRO space. But it’s not always as easy as simply hopping on a website and tracking down a very specific product. Speed, compliance, and spend management are all significant factors in this...

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Hershey Moves To Ban Cadbury Chocolates In U.S.

February 19, 2015 10:34 am | by CBS News | Videos

For more than 30 years, importers of British goods brought English Cadbury Chocolate into the United States, but as a lawsuit between American chocolate behemoth Hershey and British importers draws to a close, fans of milky English bars of chocolate are anticipating...

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Apple On Quest To Improve Labor Conditions In Supplier Factories

February 13, 2015 10:15 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos

Apple has released its 9th major annual audit to show that labor conditions are improving year by year, particularly in light of their record $18B profit last quarter. Stephen Engle of Bloomberg discusses the controversial past of Apple’s labor conditions. Apple wants to ensure that the new generation of phones...

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FCC Commissioner Speaks Out Against Internet Regulation

February 12, 2015 3:00 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos

While FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has declared his proposal to regulate the internet as a telecommunications service, the rest of the Federal Communications Commission is not exactly decided. The FCC is set to vote on the proposal on February 26th, and FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai is distinctly...

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Thought Leaders: Tips On Using Your Supplier For An Improved Safety Program

February 12, 2015 2:23 pm | by Manufacturing.net | Videos

Manufacturing.net had the opportunity to chat with safety expert Nino Granatiero, Vice President, Safety and Marketing for Grainger, to go over common safety issues Grainger witnesses with its manufacturing customers, and how it works to help customers streamline some of these...

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Police Testing New, Less Lethal Gun Technology

February 11, 2015 3:09 pm | by CBS News | Videos

The police department in Ferguson, Missouri, is among many experimenting with "The Alternative," a new technology that its creators say makes bullets less deadly. It's become more relevant in the wake of high-profile police shooting cases...

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New Automation Lends A Hand To U.S. Clothing Manufacturers

February 10, 2015 2:52 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Videos

Made-in-America may be a label consumers could start seeing on your clothes once again thanks to a company called SoftWear Automation and Georgia Tech. SoftWear and Georgia Tech are working together to create robots that are able to manufacture and manipulate fabrics through conventional sewing machines...

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New Packaging Laws Hit Edible Marijuana Market

February 10, 2015 1:53 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos

The marijuana market has been evolving quickly since it became legal for recreational use in 2014. Since then, the edible pot market has soared — but so have the risks associated with using them and having them in your home. After many incidents where kids accidentally ate edible marijuana products led to a string of emergency...

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The Wild World Of Predicting Oil Prices

February 6, 2015 10:15 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos

Oil prices yo-yoed this week, giving analysts whip lash as they hurried to decide what it all means, and forecast what the future holds. On Wednesday the price of a barrel had fallen to about $48, but by Thursday was back up to $52. And as quickly as some were to determine that prices were rallying, other chimed in...

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What Is At Stake In The Anthem Insurance Hack?

February 6, 2015 9:37 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos

Earlier this week, health insurer Anthem had around 80 million personal records stolen in a disastrous hack. It does not appear that medical information was hacked, but other valuable personal information like Social Security numbers, names, and addresses of Anthem customers has been compromised.  Investigators are now trying to pinpoint...

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What's Really Going On With Port Congestion

February 5, 2015 9:31 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Videos

Port congestion is reaching new levels as container ships are being forced to wait to berth at anchor off the shore of Los Angeles-Long Beach. The Marine Exchange of Southern California has reported that the number of ships waiting has slowly been increasing and the increased wait time has been derailing shipping schedules. While many...

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Survey: Americans Do Not Recognize The Threat Of Cyberattacks

February 4, 2015 2:56 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos

According to a SurveyMonkey report from last week, people are less concerned about cyber attacks right now than they were a few years ago, despite the fact that high-profile cybersecurity breaches are happening more often. Why are people so passive about cyber threats? SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg posits that perhaps people...

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Amazon's New Robot Workforce

February 4, 2015 9:53 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Videos

The Amazon warehouse in Coppell, Texas is far from an average distribution center. This particular warehouse is populated by a fleet of robots, designed to move around the center at speeds faster than any human is capable. According to Amazon, the robots are able to travel up to 60 football field’s worth of customer...

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When Will Low U.S. Gas Prices Fuel Consumer Spending?

February 3, 2015 2:41 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos

The U.S. is benefitting from lower gas prices at the pump, but that has not yet translated to a spending boom as consumer spending fell 0.3 percent in December. Bloomberg’s Matt Townsend and Alix Steel report on In The Loop...   

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Obama Proposes $3.99 Trillion Budget For 2016

February 3, 2015 10:02 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Videos

President Obama has unveiled his new budget proposal — all $3.99 trillion of it. According to the President, the goal of the new budget is to be “practical, not partisan” in order to provide a boost to middle class families and to improve the nation’s infrastructure. Under the President’s new proposal existing spending caps would...

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American Economy In The Fourth Quarter: A Mixed Bag

January 30, 2015 10:05 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos

Bloomberg News sat down with Peter Coy, Bloomberg Businessweek Economics Editor, and Susan Lyne, AOL BBG Ventures President to discuss the American economy, and to try to answer the question: is America roaring back economically? Coy reported that with an average of a quarter million jobs added per...

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FAA Deems Super Bowl 'No Drone Zone'

January 29, 2015 4:51 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos

The FAA announced in a public statement that they will allow absolutely zero drones to fly at the Super Bowl. An ad on the policy says, “Going to the big game? Have fun, cheer on your team, and keep it a ‘No Drone Zone.’ Don’t spoil the game. Leave your drone at home. #nodronezone.” The FAA statement explains, “The FAA will establish...

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New Safety Reports Show Cars Are Safer Than Ever Before

January 29, 2015 2:43 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Videos

With all the news of recalls it is understandable that some would believe that cars are not as safe as they used to be. However, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is here to say that those concerns are actually quite unfounded, cars are safer now than they have ever been. The institute tested more than three dozen vehicles...

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ND Oil Boom Braces For A Winter Cooldown

January 29, 2015 9:57 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos

People in Williston, North Dakota aren't just hunkered down because of the winter weather — they're feeling the slow down low oil prices have created for local businesses. As the city at the heart of North Dakota's oil boom, Williston's been hit by an economic downturn that defies basic economics. Though many rigs in...

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Ford’s Focus On Driving Innovation

January 28, 2015 2:40 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos

When it comes to the auto industry, you’ve got to innovate or risk being left behind. Ford isn’t about to get lost in the shuffle as it continues to move forward on modernizing its vehicles. From aluminum-body F-150 trucks and carbon-fiber supercars, to researching future technology like...

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