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WTO Rejects U.S. Meat Label Requirements

October 20, 2014 3:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Learning where the meat in your grocery store came from might get harder.In a ruling Monday, the World Trade Organization rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the animals were born, raised, and slaughtered. The WTO said the requirements...

Alibaba's Alipay Offers Mobile Wallet For U.S. Sites

October 17, 2014 2:11 pm | by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's half billion online shoppers will soon have an easier way to shop in the U.S. Alipay,...

After A Solid Run Of Advances, Manufacturing Takes A Slight Step Back

October 16, 2014 4:16 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

A nearly two-year upward trend experienced a hiccup according to the quarterly MAPI...

Wal-Mart Scales Back U.S. Store Growth

October 15, 2014 12:35 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to dramatically scale back expansion of its U.S. supercenters next...

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Costco Makes China Market Debut

October 14, 2014 4:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Costco Wholesale Corporation, America’s leading membership-only warehouse club that provides a wide range of quality, brand name merchandise, today announced it will enter China for the first time through the opening of an online flagship...

PC Market Still Ailing Despite Gains

October 9, 2014 1:42 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The personal computer market is still ailing, despite showing some signs of recovery in several key markets. PC sales in the third quarter rebounded in the U.S. and western Europe. But shipments continued to fall in China, Japan, and other Asian countries, where...

Amazon's Tax Practices Under Investigation

October 7, 2014 2:14 pm | by Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's competition authority on Tuesday opened an investigation into Amazon's corporate income tax practices on suspicion the online retailer is benefiting from an illegal rebate to stash away most of its profits made ...   

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KS Supreme Court Rules On FedEx Ground Drivers

October 7, 2014 11:46 am | by Leonard Carder | News | Comments

On Friday, October 3, 2014, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a class of approximately 500 drivers working for FedEx Ground was misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees. FedEx faces liability to these drivers for...

Reno Industrial Market Growing Before Tesla

October 3, 2014 3:45 pm | by Scott Sonner - Associated Press | News | Comments

Word that Tesla Motors was interested in locating its giant battery factory near Reno apparently jumpstarted a business migration to the region long before the electric car maker made the decision official. The Reno-Sparks industrial market set a record for square footage leased or sold over the...

U.S. Trade Deficit Drops To $40.1B In August

October 3, 2014 11:50 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit shrank for the fourth straight month in August, falling to the lowest level since January as exports rose to an all-time high.The deficit dropped 0.5 percent in August to $40.1 billion, compared to a revised $40.3 billion in July, the...

Feds Blocking Utah Company For Illegal Rifle Scope Exports

October 3, 2014 9:48 am | by Lindsay Whitehurst - Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal authorities say a business in a small Utah town tried to ship rifle scopes to Russia and China without a license. The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security will block exports by X-TREME Motors, LLC. for about six months after customs authorities...

Amazon’s Involvement With Manufacturing: When Is It Too Much?

September 25, 2014 3:07 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The internet has changed the way we do everything, including how we shop. E-commerce giants like Amazon and Alibaba control a large chunk of online buying and selling, but what is the secret to their success? Alibaba’s success is partly due to its strategy of forming extremely close partnerships with the manufacturers themselves, and Amazon has...

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Victory Packaging Receives Global Standard For Storage And Distribution Certification

September 25, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Victory Packaging is pleased to announce that its storage and distribution warehouse located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma has received certification from British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for Storage and Distribution Scheme recognized by the...

GM Says China Sales This Year To Top 3.1M

September 24, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. expects its sales in China this year to top 3.1 million vehicles and sees no impact on business from an anti-monopoly probe of the industry, the president of the automaker's China unit said Wednesday. Sales growth for GM and its Chinese partners should be...

Cascade Operations Partially Resume After Fire

September 23, 2014 5:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cascades announced that operations have resumed partially at the Greenpac and Niagara Falls containerboard mills following the fire that occurred in the exterior old corrugated containers (OCC) stock piles on Saturday. Both mills have begun shipping finished products manufactured prior to...

International Foodservice Manufacturers Association Names Top Distributors In Foodservice

September 22, 2014 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) announced the winners of the 8th Annual Distributor Awards. The prestigious awards acknowledge distributor leadership and overall excellence within the foodservice industry. The winners will be celebrated at Presidents Conference, Nov. 2-5, 2014, co-hosted by...

Right-Sized eCommerce For Manufacturers And Distributors

September 18, 2014 10:43 am | by Insite Software & Gorilla | Webinars

During this Insite Software & Gorilla sponsored webcast, Linda Taddonio and Victoria Markley will highlight strategies and examples of how companies have achieved the same powerful functionality and value without the massive investment.

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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 million in 2035, with an installed driverless vehicle base reaching 176 million. “While autonomous driving under the control of a human standby driver is quickly gaining acceptance, robotic vehicles mostly remain out of bounds, especially for car manufacturers, despite...

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 For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 11.5 percent from June and down 1.4 percent when compared with the total of...

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 that it is partnering with Anheuser-Busch to replace the beer company’s 66 diesel tractor fleet in Houston with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered engines. This marks Anheuser-Busch’s first conversion of an entire fleet and represents...

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...       

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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