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Customer Demands Put Manufacturers On A Roller Coaster

September 15, 2014 2:47 pm | by Infor | News | Comments

The manufacturing sector has not been spared from the changing face of customer expectations when it comes to pricing, delivery, and quality. However, in confronting these challenges, manufacturers have learned a number of best practices...

Global Driverless Vehicle Shipments To Reach 14 Million By 2030

September 12, 2014 11:31 am | by ABI Research | News | Comments

Global driverless vehicle shipments will increase from 1.1 million in 2024 to more than 42...

Manufacturing Technology Orders Down In July

September 9, 2014 3:30 pm | by The Association for Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

July U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $354.63 million according to The Association...

Anheuser-Busch Converts To Natural Gas Vehicles

September 4, 2014 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ryder System, Inc., a leader in commercial fleet and supply chain solutions, announced today...

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Samtec To Build Scottsburg Factory That Will Employ 300

September 4, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A southern Indiana manufacturer of cables and other electronic interconnection products plans to build a new factory in Scottsburg that will employ about 300 workers. The Courier-Journal reports that New Albany-headquartered Samtec, Inc., announced...

LDR Industries Owners Decide To Sell Company Through Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

September 3, 2014 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The owners of LDR Industries, a leading manufacturer, importer, and distributor of plumbing products, have decided to sell the company through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy which was filed yesterday. "LDR is a strong viable business," says Bill Underwood, LDR President & CEO.  "It is currently involved in a dispute with U.S. Customs, and this is the best way to resolve...

Heineken Sells Mexican Packaging Business To Crown Holdings

September 2, 2014 5:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dutch brewer Heineken NV says it has sold its packaging business in Mexico to Crown Holdings Inc. of the U.S. for $1.23 billion (940 million euros) to reduce debt.Heineken acquired the business in 2010 as part of a $7.9 billion deal...       

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7 Ways To Shore Up Supply Chain Security

August 28, 2014 4:04 pm | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Blogs | Comments

Your supply chain is the biggest source of risk in your entire operation. Unfortunately, there are many day-to-day aspects that you’ll never be able to completely control or manage. Sometimes, you’ll need to ...       

Chiquita Brands Sued For Deceptive Advertising

August 28, 2014 3:55 pm | by Water and Sanitation Health | News | Comments

A Consumer Protection Act lawsuit has been filed against Chiquita Brands International (CQB), alleging unfair and deceptive marketing practices. The lawsuit, filed by Seattle based Water and Sanitation Health (WASH) claims that Chiquita "advertises that its bananas are ..."

Top 5 Solutions To Common Inventory Management Mistakes

August 28, 2014 1:50 pm | by Fishbowl | News | Comments

As Fishbowl inventory management specialists have gone to different businesses to train them on the company's software, they have seen several common mistakes companies make in managing their warehouses. Here are the top 5 solutions to ...

Americans Want To Buy From Socially Responsible Companies

August 27, 2014 10:06 am | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

Recent data shows that consumers are willing to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to giving back. In a poll of 1,000 Americans, nearly one-third of them said they planned to increase the amounts of goods they buy from ...  

Amazon Acquires Twitch For $970M

August 26, 2014 11:24 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games. The e-commerce giant is buying streaming platform Twitch Interactive for $970 million in cash as it ...                

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Gov't Warns Retailers About Hacking Software

August 25, 2014 10:09 am | by Alicia A. Caldwell & Jeff Horwitz, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday. The government urged ...   

UPS Says Retail Stores Breached By Malware

August 21, 2014 10:04 am | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Some customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores in 24 states.A spokeswoman for UPS says the information includes ...      

Walmart And The U.S. Conference of Mayors Award $4M To Spark Innovation In American Manufacturing

August 15, 2014 9:38 am | News | Comments

Walmart, the Walmart Foundation, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), kicked off a new chapter in the modern American manufacturing story today as the global retailer announced the first grant recipients of ...       

Managing Idle Time To Improve Productivity

July 31, 2014 3:39 pm | by Michael Harris | Articles | Comments

Today’s warehouse managers constantly are challenged to “do more with less.” Most attempt to meet this challenge by finding ways to reduce labor costs. Many have implemented labor measurement systems to measure associates’ productive work, and some have ...

Amazon To Invest $2 Billion To Expand In India

July 31, 2014 3:31 pm | by Kay Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The world's largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees. Amazon.com Inc. said Wednesday it will invest $2 billion to expand its ...       

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Samsung Phone Shipments Falter

July 29, 2014 11:28 pm | by Peter Svensson - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., the world's biggest maker of smartphones, saw its sales drop in the second quarter, a research firm said Tuesday. The Korean phone giant lost ground to upstart Chinese manufacturers after several years of ...  

The Columbus, Ohio Region: A True Logistics Hub

July 7, 2014 10:30 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor - @AbbigailatID | Articles | Comments

On the surface, it is pure geography – Columbus Ohio is located on the far eastern side of the Midwest – providing proximity to four key markets – the Midwest itself, Eastern Canada, the Northeastern United States, and the growing Mid-Atlantic Region.

U.S. Supply Chain Continues Slow Rebound Led by Rail And Trucking

June 25, 2014 11:30 pm | by The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) | News | Comments

This year’s report reveals that the transportation sector grew only 2.0 percent, with all modes experiencing modest gains in revenue. Despite the weak revenue picture, tonnage was up due to heavier average loads per shipment.        

When Do You Need A Multi-Carrier Parcel Solution?

June 10, 2014 12:16 pm | by Evan Puzey, CMO, Kewill | Articles | Comments

Often this is a complex decision, but it can be narrowed down to one simple question — “Do you want to be held hostage by a carrier?”                                 

What Goes Into Good Warehouse Design

June 10, 2014 10:16 am | by Jeff Maree, Product Specialist, Eaton Filtration Online | Articles | Comments

No matter what your industry, the design of your warehouse has far-reaching ramifications for efficiency and savings. The layout should make sense, and items should be accessible at short notice.                 

Price Vs. Cost: OEM And Supplier Knowledge-Sharing

June 3, 2014 10:25 am | by Joe Woods, Fluid Power Segment Manager, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions | Articles | Comments

We have all been on the receiving end of a sales pitch that put emphasis on the concept of “value” to us, the customer. Although we know that value is important, few can succinctly define it and fewer still can quantify it.          

Akros Silicon Announces Global Distribution Agreement With Digi-Key

May 27, 2014 10:29 am | by Akros Silicon | News | Comments

Akros Silicon Inc. has announced a global distribution agreement with Digi-Key Corporation. Akros’ products help manufacturers of electronic equipment create more efficient and advanced products, which in turn enables end users to reduce their energy usage.

Value-CADed

May 21, 2014 4:51 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

With over $1.5 billion in annual sales, greater than 860,000 products in stock and more than 650 suppliers on their line card, it would be easy for Thief River Falls, MN-based Digi-Key to feel like they’re already providing everything their customers could want from an electronics component distributor.

Automating Purchasing, Production & Customer Service on Three Continent

April 21, 2014 9:57 am | Videos | Comments

IDT uses Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP software, implemented by Edgewater Fullscope, to support new products and market expansion, as well as address traceability requirements. IDT processes over 25,000 products per day and has over 86,000 customers around the world.

Q&A: How To Leverage The Web And Grow Your Business

April 8, 2014 10:31 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Industrial Distribution | Articles | Comments

Improving the profitability of your digital presence is a hot topic with distributors. Today we’re asking Curtis Alexander — a digital marketing consultant and one of the speakers at the Distribution and Manufacturing Profitability Forum — some of the most burning questions we hear from you regarding online growth.

Q&A: How Amazon Could Change 'B2B'

February 3, 2014 11:14 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Amazon Supply’s stated goal is “to provide earth’s largest, easiest-to-research, discover, and access selection of professional products required to support the maintenance, repair, operations, and project needs of business and professional customers.” And it's already creating disruption in the larger business-to-business buying ecosystem.

Most Innovative Companies #9: DGI Supply

January 8, 2014 12:45 pm | Articles | Comments

Our #9 pick is DGI Supply, which uses consolidation as a long-term business strategy that integrates the needs of the organization with a technique to troubleshoot the challenges of an aging workforce in a still-thriving industry. 

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