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China's Suspect Meat Scandal Spreads

July 22, 2014 9:24 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The scandal surrounding Husi Food, which is owned by OSI Group of Aurora, Illinois, has added to a string of safety scares in China over milk, medicines and other goods that have left the public wary of dairies, restaurants and other suppliers.                 

McDonald's, KFC Face Food Scandal In China

July 21, 2014 8:10 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's and KFC in China faced a new food safety scare Monday after a Shanghai television...

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Massive Layoffs At Microsoft; Wal-Mart And Obama Face Lawsuits

July 18, 2014 2:19 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from Microsoft's plan...

Walmart Turns Business Into A Reality Show

July 14, 2014 4:53 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last week, Walmart announced that it had hosted a group of U.S. manufacturers to its...

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Samsung Suspends Chinese Supplier

July 14, 2014 8:12 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The South Korean company, which is the world's biggest smartphone maker, said in its blog Monday that it had found possible evidence of child labor and illegal hiring at Dongguan Shinyang Electronics Co.              

Obama Wants Companies To Pay Suppliers Faster

July 11, 2014 8:23 am | News | Comments

Dozens of companies, including Apple, Honda and Coca-Cola, have agreed to pay their suppliers more quickly in a bid to boost small businesses, the White House announced Friday.              

Walmart Hosts First-Ever 'Made In USA' Open Call For Suppliers

July 8, 2014 2:10 pm | News | Comments

For the first time ever, Walmart is opening its doors to more than 500 manufacturers at its world headquarters during the company’s first-ever “Made in the USA” open call.                 

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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.

Samsung: Audit Finds Labor Violations At Chinese Suppliers

July 1, 2014 7:53 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung said an external audit found labor violations at dozens of its suppliers in China including failure to provide safety gear and excessive working hours.                 

Four Manufacturing Software Applications That Support Operational Agility

June 27, 2014 11:54 am | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

When it comes to increased agility, it’s hard to argue there’s such a thing as too fast, and even small improvements in the ability to quickly ramp production up or down can translate to significant long-term bottom-line gains.        

GM Recalls Nearly 29K Chevy Cruze Compacts

June 27, 2014 7:46 am | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling more than 29,000 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars because metal parts in the air bag assemblies can hit the driver and passengers if the bags are inflated.             

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.        

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Honda, Mazda, Nissan Recall Millions Of Vehicles Over Airbags

June 23, 2014 7:51 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Honda, Mazda and Nissan are recalling millions of vehicles globally for defective airbags manufactured by supplier Takata Corp. that could possibly explode.                     

Washington Residents Oppose Oil Shipments

June 19, 2014 8:18 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee met in Spokane, a major railroad hub for the northern United States, to take testimony on a bill that seeks to improve the safety of those oil shipments.          

Dealer Sues Mitsubishi Over Inventory

June 18, 2014 8:28 am | News | Comments

The owner of four California car dealerships is suing Mitsubishi Motors North America and its credit arm, saying they forced the dealerships to stock more vehicles than they could sell, costing them millions in extra finance charges.       

4 Months Into Recall, Only 7 Pct. Of GM Cars Fixed

June 17, 2014 10:04 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

More than four months after General Motors started recalling 2.6 million small cars to fix ignition switches, the company has repaired only 7 percent of the vehicles.               

MAPI: Factory Output Numbers Show 'Solid Footing'

June 16, 2014 11:20 am | News | Comments

The report is a very positive confirmation that the manufacturing sector will continue to grow faster than the general economy this year and next. Growth is driven by a ramping up of the housing supply chain.              

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Chrysler Plant Operating Again After Accident

June 12, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

The assembly line at the Chrysler plant in Belvidere is up and running again after being shut down when an industrial accident at an area parts supplier halted deliveries.                        

Boeing Inks 777X Deal With Japanese Suppliers

June 12, 2014 7:59 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Boeing inked a deal Thursday for five Japanese companies to manufacture key components for its twin aisle 777X jets but the contract doesn't include making the wings, which were a source of delays for the 787 Dreamliner.       

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.                 

BMW Supplier Closing S.C. Plant

June 6, 2014 11:37 am | News | Comments

A South Carolina plant that makes exhaust systems for BMW will close by the end of the year, leaving 150 workers without a job.                                  

Why You Can’t Afford To Not Integrate PLM Into Supply Chain Orchestration

June 5, 2014 10:11 am | by Hari Menon, CEO, Serus | Articles | Comments

With the increasing frequency of product recalls and production delays, it’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming that these have become an unfortunate but unavoidable consequence of today’s outsourcing practices. But think again: they should be unacceptable to any manufacturing executive. After all, do you want to be the next Apple or another GM footing the bill for a recall?

ISM: Manufacturing Is 'Square' With Predicted Growth

June 3, 2014 2:44 pm | Articles | Comments

“The 55.4 percent is almost square with predictions that are out there,” says Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the ISM Business Survey Committee. “So we’re doing what’s expected and what’s expected is a good strong manufacturing sector.”

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.          

Vietnamese Businesses Worry About Anti-China Violence

June 3, 2014 8:11 am | by Chris Brummitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

For many companies in Vietnam there is little alternative but to trade with China, which supplies its factories with everything from the components to make smartphones to the fiber that its cheap labor force weaves into sweatshirts and t-shirts for international retailers.

S.C. Announces 300 New Jobs, $38M In Investment

June 2, 2014 9:54 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was joined by state and local economic development officials last Thursday evening to announce $38.2 million in new capital investment and 304 new jobs in South Carolina.               

SE Mich. PMI: Economy Experiences Sharp Upswing For May

June 2, 2014 9:35 am | by The Institute for Supply Management - Southeast Michigan & Wayne State University | News | Comments

Nearly 85.7 percent of PMI respondents believe the economic outlook will remain positive, while less than 15 percent believe the economy will become less stable over the next six months.                    

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.

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