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The Mind-Blowing Scale Of Holiday Hiring

November 26, 2014 1:20 pm | by Adecco | News | Comments

The scale of holiday hiring in the U.S. is truly mind-blowing. Find out more about the 300,000 seasonal hires made just by the five biggest retailers--Macy's, Target, Kohl's, J.C. Penny, and Wal-Mart--the amount of spending on holiday shopping, and the effects on the economy...

3 Reasons Shoppers Will Spend Cautiously This Season

November 26, 2014 12:36 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, Christopher Rugaber, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Falling gas prices. Soaring stock market. Unemployment at a six-year-low. All signs point to a...

Strike Paralyzes Antwerp Port

November 25, 2014 5:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Trade unions have opened a month of intermittent strike action by paralyzing the port of Antwerp...

As OPEC Faces Tough Test, Lower Oil Prices Loom

November 25, 2014 1:12 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

These are the moments OPEC exists for: A sharp drop in global oil prices has reduced the amount...

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NAM Joins Letter Calling To Improve Environment For U.S. Businesses In India

November 25, 2014 9:43 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

In a letter sent today, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) joined 15 U.S. business organizations in urging U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to use tomorrow’s U.S.–India Trade Policy Forum meeting in New Delhi to address longstanding bilateral trade irritants and new barriers imposed by...

Country Of Origin Label For Meat Cuts Endangered

November 21, 2014 2:28 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. is running out of options in its effort to tell consumers where fresh cuts of meat originated after a successful challenge to package labeling by Canada and Mexico. A 2008 farm law requires that packages of steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identify where the animals were...

China Manufacturing Activity At 6-Month Low

November 19, 2014 10:07 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in China fell to a six-month low in November, reflecting sluggishness in the world No. 2 economy and weakness abroad, according to an early survey of factory conditions released Thursday. HSBC's preliminary purchasing managers' index fell to 50.0 this month from 50.4 in...

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Japan Recession Could Slow U.S. Companies

November 19, 2014 12:43 pm | by Matthew Craft, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan has slipped back into a recession for the second time in two years. That could mean more trouble for a range of U.S companies and industries that count on the country for sales. Best known as an exporter of cars, gadgets and comic books, Japan is also a key consumer of U.S. goods...

MAPI Analysis: U.S. Trade Deficit In Manufactures

November 19, 2014 12:38 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The alarming, divergent paths of U.S. and Chinese trade continued in the third quarter of 2014, according to an analysis from the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation. In the report, Ernest Preeg, Ph.D., MAPI Foundation...

China, Austrailia Sign Free-Trade Deal

November 17, 2014 4:06 am | by Rod Mcguirk, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China and Australia signed a preliminary free-trade deal on Monday that would give Australia's service industry unsurpassed access to the Chinese market and Australian agriculture advantages over competitors from the United States, Canada and the European Union, officials said. Chinese President...

Anchorage Adds Defendants In Port Lawsuit

November 12, 2014 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Anchorage's lawsuit seeking compensation from companies that worked on the city's troubled port expansion has been expanded to include a fourth firm. The municipality last week in U.S. District Court added GeoEngineers Inc. to the lawsuit that includes Integrated Concepts...

Retail Imports Set Records Despite Continuing Port Issues

November 12, 2014 4:46 pm | by J. Craig Shearman, National Retail Federation | News | Comments

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to slow down this month following record levels seen in September and October as retailers rushed to bring merchandise into the country ahead of a possible shutdown of West Coast ports, according to...

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Biden Pitches Infrastructure Improvements

November 12, 2014 4:09 pm | by Michael Graczyk, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday renewed his call for improvements to the nation's infrastructure, particularly at ports, saying failure to make upgrades will mean missed opportunities for economic growth. "This is a passion of mine," Biden told several hundred people attending the annual...

U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Up .3%

November 12, 2014 11:58 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale businesses posted a modest gain in their stockpiles in September as sales rebounded from a big decline the previous month. Stockpiles at the wholesale level increased 0.3 percent in September following a 0.6 percent rise in August, the Commerce Department reported...

Obama's Bid For New China Ties Can't Quell Tension

November 11, 2014 5:28 pm | by Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

When Xi Jinping took the reins of a booming China two years ago, President Barack Obama saw an opportunity to remake America's relationship with the Asian power. But even after Obama's unusually robust efforts to forge personal ties with Xi, the two leaders are meeting in Beijing...

U.S, China Deal Could End Fees On $1T In Tech Sales

November 11, 2014 5:19 pm | by Marley Jay, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A trade deal between the U.S. and China could end tariffs on $1 trillion in global sales of semiconductors, MRI machines, GPS devices, printer ink cartridges, video game consoles, and other high-tech items. President Obama, in Beijing for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation...

Port Problems Endanger Apple Exports

November 11, 2014 5:03 pm | by Nicholas K. Geranios, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Labor woes at major West Coast sea ports have slowed the export of a record crop of Washington apples and endangered big Christmas season shipments of the fruit to Central American nations. Delays have also hit shipments of autos, smartphones, and numerous other products as...

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IN's Main Lake Michigan Port Has Busiest Year In Decade

November 7, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say increased shipments of grain and steel are leading to the busiest year in more than a decade at Indiana's main Lake Michigan port. The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor surpassed its previous five-year average of total annual shipments by the end of...

Tesla Sets Delivery Record In 3Q

November 6, 2014 11:48 am | by Dee-ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors beat Wall Street's expectations and set a record for deliveries of its Model S sedan in the third quarter, delighting investors even as its losses doubled from a year ago. Tesla said Wednesday it delivered 7,785 cars during the July-September period. That was...

Southeast Manufacturing Sees Jump In Oct

November 5, 2014 3:56 pm | by Kennesaw State University | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity across the Southeast improved in October due to increases in new orders and production, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report released today by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center in the Michael J. Coles College of...

Looking to Expand? Workforce, Transportation, Location Are Key

November 5, 2014 2:29 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

As I mentioned in my recent article “Manufacturing Growth: Missouri Got It Right,” Missouri is currently experiencing a huge surge in the manufacturing sector. I discussed the resurgence with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of...

Manufacturing Growth: Missouri Got It Right

November 5, 2014 9:21 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Missouri manufacturing is certainly having a moment. I recently chatted with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, and she shared some of what Missouri did right to revive its economic growth in the wake of the Great Recession. It seems that the key...

In House Vs Outsourced Fleet Management

November 3, 2014 2:34 pm | by Robert Hall | Articles | Comments

For many companies, fleet management brings up one of those enduring business conundrums: whether or not to outsource. Should you hire an on-site fleet manager or use a company? There are good arguments on both sides, but no one solution fits all companies. Ultimately, you will need to...

U.S. Manufacturing Ahead Of The Bell

November 3, 2014 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Institute for Supply Management reports on U.S. manufacturing production, orders, and other activity in October. The ISM, a trade group of purchasing managers, will release its manufacturing index at 10 a.m. Eastern time Monday...  

Samsung Vows Changes After Disappointing Mobile Profits

October 31, 2014 9:45 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. admitted erring in its smartphone strategy and vowed Thursday to overhaul its handset lineup after profit from those devices tumbled last quarter to the lowest in more than three years. The South Korean company, which climbed from smartphone laggard to top seller in the past...

Coca-Cola Shuts Down Great Falls Bottling

October 27, 2014 11:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Great Falls is no longer bottling Coca-Cola products. The Great Falls Tribune reports the plant ceased bottling operations last week. It will continue as a distribution facility with about 50 employees. Coca-Cola spokeswoman Jennifer...

Drugmakers Race To Produce Safe Ebola Vaccine

October 26, 2014 9:32 am | by Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Drugmakers are racing to develop vaccines and drugs to address the worst outbreak of Ebola in history. It's unclear who will pay for their products, but companies are betting that governments and aid groups will foot the bill. There are no proven drugs or vaccines for Ebola, in large part because...

Digital Transformation & Tomorrow’s eBusiness Strategy For Manufacturers

October 24, 2014 12:36 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

I sat down for an enlightening conversation about eCommerce and the changing channels of business with Brian Strojny, the Co-founder and Director of Insite Software. Insite Software is the Minneapolis-based company behind InsiteCommerce, a B2B eCommerce platform for manufacturing, distribution, and...

Amazon's 3Q Loss Gives Disappointing Holiday Forecast

October 24, 2014 10:01 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon's trademark smile icon is becoming more of a grimace. The world's largest online retailer reported a wider third-quarter loss than analysts expected and gave a disappointing holiday forecast. Investors are increasingly irked by Amazon's strategy of investing heavily...

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