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Revamping Supply Chain Intelligence: Q&A With Bob Farrell

March 13, 2015 9:38 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Bob Farrell, CEO of Kewill, offers expert insight into the importance of transportation and warehouse management that can help manufacturers save money and maintain excellent customer relations.         

The State Of Women In The Supply Chain

March 5, 2015 2:13 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The labor shortage in the supply chain and manufacturing industries has been well-documented,...

Emerging Digital-Supply Networks Could Further Supply Chain Sustainability Progress

March 3, 2015 9:27 am | by Gary Hanifan | News | Comments

Despite progress in the adoption of sustainable supply chain practices intended to address...

Lego Sales Keep Rising Amid Global Demand

February 25, 2015 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lego says its popular, multi-colored toy blocks continued to be in strong demand last year,...

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IoT, Automation And Supply Chain Sentience: Q&A With Sean Riley

February 20, 2015 2:31 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers have heard about how Internet of Things movement can generate, store and analyze data points, but the future of IoT is even more exciting. Sean Riley, the Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain Solutions Director at Software AG, recently released his list of supply chain and manufacturing predictions...

U.S. Wholesale Prices Drop 0.8% In January

February 18, 2015 11:16 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale prices fell by a record amount in January, led by the biggest drop in gasoline prices in six years. The Labor Department said Wednesday that its producer price index declined 0.8 percent last month, the biggest drop in a data series that goes back to November 2009 when the...

Key Performance Indicators For The Supply Chain

February 6, 2015 2:51 pm | by Jesper Lillelund | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing is an industry typified by countless unique processes and workflows. Because of this, assessing overall performance and efficiency is a complex task. When looking specifically at the supply chain, companies make large investments in equipment and people to ensure flawless execution and are constantly looking for ways to evaluate...

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U.S. Trade Deficit Jumps 17.1% to $46.6B

February 6, 2015 10:23 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit in December jumped to the highest level in more than two years as exports fell and Americans bought a record amount of imports — a potentially worrisome development that could weigh on overall economic growth. The deficit jumped 17.1 percent to $46.6 billion in December, resulting in the biggest imbalance...

What's Really Going On With Port Congestion

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

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...

How To Minimize Your Supply Chain's Exposure To Extreme Weather & Natural Disasters

February 4, 2015 9:41 am | by Howard Sosoff, Clark Schweers | Articles | Comments

From Hurricane Sandy to Typhoon Haiyan, there is no denying that extreme weather is almost a yearly expectation. Weather- and climate-related disasters have caused $2.4 trillion in economic losses and nearly 2 million deaths globally since 1971 according to the World Meteorological Organization. For companies leveraging...

Predictions For 2015: A Tipping Point For Supply Chain Sentience

February 3, 2015 9:53 am | by Sean Riley, Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain Solutions Director, Software AG | Articles | Comments

Software AG has released the company’s top ten predictions for the next year in the manufacturing and supply chain industry, calling 2015 the tipping point for supply chain sentience. Next year innovative manufacturers will leap ahead by deploying more and better sensors, add more comprehensive automation and increasingly...

Education, Bias-Breaking Keys To Women's Rise In Supply Chain

January 27, 2015 9:29 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Articles | Comments

The labor shortage in the supply chain and manufacturing industries has been well-documented, and increasingly as that shortage continues to grow. Corrie Banks and Kleo Landucci, executives at logistics services providing companies, can’t stress enough how they’d like to see fellow females continue to enter the supply chain workforce...

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Japan Logs Record Trade Deficit In 2014

January 26, 2015 10:32 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's trade deficit ballooned to a record 12.8 trillion yen ($109 billion) last year as a weakening yen pushed the cost of imports higher despite a moderate recovery in exports. Preliminary data from the Finance Ministry released Monday showed Japan's exports rose 4.8 percent to 73.1 trillion...

EBay to Cut 2,400 Jobs, Spin-Off, Sell Other Units

January 22, 2015 11:04 am | by Mae Anderson, AP | News | Comments

EBay plans to cut 2,400 jobs, or seven percent of its staff, in the first quarter to simplify its structure and boost profit ahead of a planned separation of its business. The job cuts will fall across its marketplaces, PayPal and enterprise businesses.

7 Key Questions To Ask Before The 2015 GHS Deadline

January 15, 2015 10:28 am | by Deborah Grant, Industry Marketing Manager at Loftware | Articles | Comments

As the impending OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) deadline of June 15, 2015 approaches in the U.S., businesses are faced with the urgent need to define their strategy for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). There are also a multitude...

How To Fill Customer Orders Cheaper, Faster With Lean Continuous Improvement Model

January 8, 2015 2:23 pm | by Curt Schmidgall, Winegard Value Stream Manager | Articles | Comments

The lean continuous manufacturing model has surged in popularity over the last 20 years because of its ability to eliminate waste of all kinds: excess inventory, over-transportation, and unnecessary movement and motion. However, the most significant results from implementing this model come not from discrete changes to...

Omni-Channel: To Cloud Or Not To Cloud?

January 5, 2015 3:11 pm | by Diego Pantoja-Navajas | Articles | Comments

Today's consumers have the ability to purchase what they want whenever, however and wherever, putting them in total control of the market. With mobile and eCommerce on the rise, omni-channel fulfillment is becoming more and more important. Ready or not, businesses and their supply chains need to move at the speed of the...

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Manufacturing Outlook For 2015: Q&A With Matthew B. Elliott

December 23, 2014 2:02 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

What will be the biggest trend impacting the investments manufacturers make in 2015? Driven in part by a favorable financing environment in the U.S. for the manufacturing industry, we are expecting a continued increase in manufacturing companies reshoring their...

Study: Consumers Trust Farmers 'Far More' Than Scientists, Nutritionists

December 16, 2014 11:11 am | by Bayer CropScience | News | Comments

More than half of American consumers would like to talk to a farmer even though the vast majority  — 94 percent — indicated in a recent survey sponsored by Bayer CropScience that they have no connection with agriculture or farming. Consumers trust farmers by far more than scientists, nutritionists, government...

Volatility Index Underscores Need For Supply Chain Risk Management

December 15, 2014 12:14 pm | by Stephane Crosnier, Managing Director, Accenture Strategy--Operations | Articles | Comments

VIX, the index used by The Chicago Board Options Exchange to calculate anticipated market volatility, recently dipped after hitting a nearly three-year high in the fall. Given recent news headlines, the triggers that prompted the index spike are relatively easy to imagine – war in the Middle East, the European...

Design For Manufacture: Better Information, Better Pricing

December 12, 2014 12:47 pm | by Kevin J. Dailida, Senior Director of Operations and Supply Chain, Dynisco | Articles | Comments

As business competition intensifies worldwide, it becomes ever more challenging to improve gross margins and operating profits.  Because the Internet provides the ability to obtain comparative pricing on a global basis, supply chain organizations (SCOs) are increasingly pressured to pinpoint the best supplier options...

Go Lean In 2015: No Manufacturer Is Too Small To Benefit

December 11, 2014 4:55 pm | by Dave Lechleitner, Principal, Product Marketing at Exact | Articles | Comments

To many small manufacturers, lean manufacturing is something that companies the size of Toyota or Boeing implement. And many small manufacturers that do adopt lean practices do so at a tactical level. Don’t be one of those companies. If you embrace lean manufacturing as part of...

The Challenges And Rewards Of Onshoring

December 4, 2014 9:52 am | by Noreen King | News | Comments

As a contract manufacturer, I have dedicated my career to building and sustaining a company in an industry that, until recently, had structured its business model around sending the majority of its contracting business overseas. I say until recently, because put a...

Expansion Insight: Q&A With Andrew Berlin

December 4, 2014 9:43 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Chicago-based Berlin Packaging, a leading supplier of plastic, glass, and metal containers and closures, recently announced a major expansion of its operations, which includes the addition of 100 new employees in 25 cities in 2015. I recently had the chance to discuss the expansion with...

Taking It Paperless: Major Steel Distributor Utilizes AP, AR Automation

December 1, 2014 11:04 am | by Nick Sprau | Articles | Comments

Every company is looking for ways to become more efficient and accurate, especially in their accounts payable (AP) and accounts receivable (AR) departments. Whether it’s saving time, minimizing mistakes, or streamlining processes, it’s vital to a company that AP and AR are...

Port Labor Battle Could Slow Holiday Shipments

November 14, 2014 2:18 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

There are growing concerns that a slowdown at one of the country's busiest ports in Long Beach could hit holiday shipments. Business could come to a halt on the West coast, as a battle threatens to stop crucial imports.          

Price Of Oil Takes Another Sharp Drop

November 14, 2014 12:28 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The price of oil took another sharp tumble Thursday as it appeared increasingly unlikely that OPEC members will cut production to reverse a plunge that is entering its fifth month.                    

Learning From Apple’s Strained Supply Chain

November 12, 2014 3:06 pm | by Paul Noël | Articles | Comments

Like many of its predecessors, Apple’s latest iPhone iteration is facing supply shortages amid enormous demand. Even as Foxconn churns out 400,000 iPhone 6 and 140,000 iPhone 6 Plus phones daily, volume remains below expectations. Apple’s struggles with supplier consolidation...

Job Gains Top 200K For Ninth Month

November 7, 2014 2:15 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Three days after voters registered their sourness about the U.S. economy, the government said Friday that employers added a solid 214,000 jobs in October, extending the steadiest pace of job growth in nearly 20 years. In addition, a combined 31,000 more jobs were added in...

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