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RS Components: Profile And Q&A With A Leading Distributor

April 23, 2015 10:00 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Supply Chain Solution Architect Matthew Ling asserts, “It is this willingness to engage with new techniques and adapt our internal culture to suit a multi-channel approach that sets us apart in our industry.”

Senate Panel To Back Fast-Track Trade Bill

April 22, 2015 9:31 am | by Charles Babington, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama wants fast-track powers to help push free-trade proposals such as the 12-nation Trans-...

Top U.S. Exports Still Generate $67B Trade Deficit

April 20, 2015 2:52 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

According to the analysis by liberal think tank the Economic Policy Institute, the country's top...

Trade-Off: Deal Splits Democrats Between Business, Labor

April 17, 2015 3:20 pm | by Laurie Kellman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

The mere announcement of a bipartisan accord on the legislation reignited a longtime feud among...

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Obama: Trade Politics Difficult, But Opposition Helps China

April 17, 2015 2:07 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under the agreement reached in Congress, Obama would get so-called trade promotion authority to negotiate trade that Congress could approve or reject, but not change.

E-Commerce Boom Drives Dramatic Growth In Warehouse Automation Market

April 17, 2015 10:33 am | by ARC Advisory Group | News | Comments

Rapid growth in the worldwide market for warehouse automation and control systems is being driven primarily by the global boom in e-commerce, and its profound effects on fulfillment requirements, according to a new ARC Advisory Group market study.

Lawmakers Announce Trade Authority Deal

April 17, 2015 9:28 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The policy, known as Trade Promotion Authority, allows Congress to establish priorities for trade talks but prevents lawmakers from altering agreed-upon deals when they come up for approval votes.

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Amazon Announces Analytics Service

April 13, 2015 3:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Although the service would likely benefit customers seeking computer behavior or customer data first, AWS data science chief Matt Wood said it would eventually extend to "genomics, the Internet of Things, or large-scale web applications.”

China's Trade Shrinks In Sign Of Economic Weakness

April 13, 2015 9:47 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The decline has deepened since mid-2014, feeding concern that growth might be falling too sharply and raising the risk of politically dangerous job losses.

Critics Call For Halt To Currency Manipulation In Pacific Trade Pact

April 9, 2015 2:33 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The push from labor groups comes amid a sustained effort by the Obama administration to receive Trade Promotion Authority from Congress. That would enable the White House to negotiate pacts in Asia and Europe while limiting Congress' ability to alter final agreements.

East, West Coast Ports Import Volume Now Nearly Equal

April 8, 2015 3:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

As the talks became increasingly heated late last year, monthly import traffic at East Coast ports grew at a higher rate than West Coast traffic compared to 2013 numbers.

Study Finds Internet Of Things Vital To Future Of Transportation And Logistics Industry

April 7, 2015 10:38 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The survey showed that 90 percent of transportation and logistics companies either have or plan to deploy IoT solutions within a year.

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U.S. Trade Deficit Plunges 16.9 Percent In February

April 2, 2015 9:58 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit plunged in February as both imports and exports sank, driven by a since-settled trade dispute and a global economic slowdown that has cut into oil prices and caused the dollar to rise in value.

Dig This: The Panama Canal Is About To Get Busy

March 31, 2015 10:04 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The 48-mile-long waterway that cuts across “the backbone of the Western Hemisphere” is going through the final year of a massive expansion.

Amazon Bypasses U.S. Drone Regulations For Now By Testing In Canada

March 31, 2015 9:28 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

During and after testifying before a Senate Subcommittee last week, Amazon said it wouldn't delay its drone testing just for the FAA and said it would go abroad if need be.

Amazon Gets FAA Certificate To Experiment With Drones

March 20, 2015 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The FAA said Thursday that under the provisions of the certificate, the flights must be conducted at 400 feet or below during daylight hours.                                                                                             

U.S. Current Account Trade Deficit Widens To $113.5 Billion

March 19, 2015 9:35 am | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A widening trade deficit contributed to the slowdown in overall economic growth in the fourth quarter and is expected to be a drag on growth in 2015 as the stronger dollar makes American products less competitive on overseas markets. 

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Institute: China Now World's Third-Biggest Arms Exporter

March 15, 2015 10:06 pm | by Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China had long been a major importer of weapons, mainly from Russia and Ukraine, but its soaring economy and the copying of foreign technology has largely reversed the trend.

Unions Lobby Against Giving Obama Trade Authority

March 5, 2015 10:11 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

More than 400 union workers planned to lobby lawmakers Wednesday against giving the Obama administration heightened power to negotiate trade agreements. Amid ongoing talks over trade pacts with Pacific Rim nations and Europe, the White House sought Trade Promotion...

ISM: Manufacturing Takes Slight Hit From West Coast Port Dispute, Weather

March 3, 2015 9:38 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the 26th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 69th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. Manufacturing expanded in February as the PMI registered 52.9 percent, a decrease of 0.6 percentage...

Amazon Wants To Put 3D Printers In Delivery Trucks

March 2, 2015 1:59 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Amazon's drone delivery program may be grounded, but who needs a drone to drop off an item when you could have it produced curbside of your home? That's what the e-tailer's latest ambition entails, as last week Amazon filed several patent applications for an on-demand 3D printing service in mobile...

Gas Prices Soar In CA As Supply Shrinks

March 2, 2015 10:20 am | by Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest. Average retail gas prices in the state have surged 25 cents a gallon...

Obama Steps Up Pitch For Trade, Exports

February 26, 2015 7:14 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Relying on Republicans and going against the grain of his own party for his legislative successes has not been much of a go-to play in President Barack Obama's game plan. Then there's international trade. On Thursday, Obama stepped up his campaign for expanding exports and...

Newest UPS & FedEx Competitor: Waffle House?

February 25, 2015 1:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A new ridesharing service has an unlikely ally in its quest to enter the package delivery marketplace: Waffle House. The iconic Southern breakfast chain will serve as the first official pickup location for drivers using the Roadie app. Roadie, launched late last month by...

Survey: China Factory Activity Up, Export Orders Drop

February 25, 2015 9:55 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's manufacturing activity edged up to a four-month high in February although export orders decreased for the first time in nearly a year, in the latest sign of uncertainty for the world's No. 2 economy, according to a private survey Wednesday. HSBC's preliminary purchasing managers' index released...

Ex-Im Bank Keeps Heartland Town Open For Business

February 24, 2015 10:08 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The light filters inside St. John’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, Pa., through a set of precious Tiffany windows framing its spacious nave. This life-size kaleidoscope of colors harkens back to a time over a century ago, when Franklin was at the epicenter of America’s first oil...

Ports Increasingly Bustling Again After Tentative Labor Deal

February 23, 2015 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The seaports of the West Coast went from lagging to bustling over the weekend, a process that is expected to accelerate Monday in the wake of a tentative agreement between employers and dockworkers. More than 1,000 dockworker assignments were filled Sunday at the...

NAM: Ports Agreement Staves Off Economic Disaster

February 23, 2015 9:36 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | Articles | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released this statement on the contract agreement between the Pacific Maritime Association and International Longshore and Warehouse Union: “For months, the NAM has pressed the Obama Administration, Congress and the...

Two Sides In Port Dispute Race Against Deadline

February 20, 2015 3:20 pm | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

With a Friday deadline looming, negotiators labored to reach a deal in a contract dispute that has snarled international trade at seaports from Southern California to Seattle. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez told dockworkers and their employers that if they cannot find common ground in...

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