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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...

Photos Of The Day: UPS Worldport At A Glance

September 25, 2014 12:26 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | News | Comments

Besides all the automation, Worldport houses an army of sorters, flight technicians and directors, pilots, and even a team of meteorologists to keep logistics moving in the wee hours of the morning ...        

UPS May Be Changing The Supply Chain World

September 25, 2014 11:09 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

UPS recently gave me a tour of the company’s 5.2 million square foot Worldport facility in Louisville, KY. This overnight shipping/sorting facility accepts, sorts, and reloads at a rate of 416,000 packages per hour (that’s 115 packages a second). With over 130 aircraft and an average of 1.6 million packages traveling through Worldport on a daily basis, this facility is ...

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Getting More Entrenched In Your Supply Chain Is A Few Clicks Away

September 25, 2014 10:01 am | by Steve Leavitt | Articles | Comments

Being stuck in the middle is often a bad thing. But what if you’re not stuck? What if, instead, you’re entrenched? An entrenched distributor, for example, would likely be in the driver’s seat, capable of straddling manufacturers and customers and calling the shots to...

European Companies Allowed To Reap Rewards From Deadly Conflict Mineral Trade

September 24, 2014 9:36 am | by Amnesty International | News | Comments

The European Union is failing to stifle a deadly trade in conflict minerals, a coalition of rights groups including Global Witness and Amnesty International warned today, ahead of weak draft legislation being discussed in the European Parliament. A new analysis by Global Witness shows that companies are...

Acsis And Intermec By Honeywell Webinar: How To Achieve End-To-End Supply Chain Visibility

September 23, 2014 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Acsis Inc., the market leader for supply chain visibility, traceability, and serialization solutions, announced it will be co-presenting a free webinar on end-to-end supply chain visibility with Intermec by Honeywell. The event, "How to Achieve End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility" will take place on...

Tips For Increasing Productivity Through Employee Recognition & Rewards

September 22, 2014 5:07 pm | by Kara Simon | News | Comments

When manufacturing operations get behind and deliverables don’t meet the schedule, it impacts every internal and external department from assembly line to warehouse to transportation, and so on. Supply chains are only as good as the people in charge of keeping up with them. This means that it is just as important for...

4 Ways To Increase Manufacturing

September 22, 2014 10:00 am | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers are always looking to push themselves and their machines harder to boost output and improve productivity. Every dollar earned pushes us higher toward meeting new profitability heights, and there are many steps that can help us grow. Four of my favorite areas to look at for improvements to output are...

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HowTechnology Will Impact The Future Of Supply Chains, Logistics, & Fulfillment

September 18, 2014 11:13 am | by Cognex, Aptean, & Zebra | Webinars

This second part of our webcast series, sponsored by Cognex, Apteam & Zebra, will examine the future of supply chain and distribution center management, as well as the technologies that will enable them to be successful today and tomorrow.

Supply Chains Built For Growth

September 18, 2014 11:07 am | by UPS | Webinars

A number of positive economic indicators show that U.S. manufacturing is experiencing a time of renewed optimism. However, along with stronger production rates, facility expansion plans, hiring increases and new global opportunities comes the need to invest time and resources into ...

DC Tech: The Technology and Strategies You Need to Improve Distribution Center and Supply Chain Performance

September 18, 2014 11:03 am | by Aptean, Cognex & Zebra | Webinars

Part one of this two-part webcast series, sponsored by Aptean, Cognex & Zebra will focus on, among other things, inventory management strategies that are flexible enough to take advantage of changing market conditions.

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.

The IoT Uplink: The Future Of Production Flow And Big Data

September 18, 2014 10:33 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This episode of The IoT Uplink, a new video series examining all the factors driving, influencing and adding to the complexity of the Internet of Things movement, looks forward and showcases how the $3.75 trillion industrial Internet of Things environment is going to impact the future of manufacturing in a...

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The Future Of Chemicals: Natural Supply Chains

September 15, 2014 3:42 pm | by Rohit Singh and Marc Waco | News | Comments

In an increasingly complex and challenging climate, chemical companies are facing a combination of shifting market forces and an increasingly heterogeneous customer set. Many organizations are focusing solely on all-out growth or across-the-board cost-cutting strategies in an attempt to...

Demystifying The Manufacturing Crystal Ball

September 11, 2014 3:30 pm | by Diane Palmquist | News | Comments

The year 2020 seems to be the magic year for the Internet of Things. According to Gartner, there will be nearly 26 billion devices connected by 2020 and ABI Research estimates that more than 30 billion devices will be...  

Accelerating Domestic Manufacturing Recovery By Redefining Proximity

September 10, 2014 1:42 pm | by John Paul Williams | News | Comments

The U.S. manufacturing industry is back in the black. At least that’s the read out based on a newly released 2014 ranking of the largest U.S. public manufacturers. With domestic manufacturing revenues exceeding $6 trillion in 2013 and the Institute for Supply Chain Management reporting...

Epicor Announces Integration Between ERP And MES

September 10, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail, and services organizations, today announced the integration between its Epicor Mattec manufacturing execution system (MES) and next-generation...

August Electronics Selects Omnify Software

September 9, 2014 4:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Omnify Software, a leading provider of web-based Product Lifecycle Management software for discrete manufacturers, today unveils its latest Empower PLM application story featuring August Electronics, a leading Electronics Manufacturing Services provider located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. August Electronics adopted...

CATENA And Intelsius Partnership Improves Software Solutions

September 9, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CATENA INC., an emerging leader in cold chain visibility and data aggregation technology, today announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Intelsius, a subsidiary of DGP Life Science Ltd. Under the agreement, Intelsius will resell CATENA’s proprietary software solution and use CATENA’s professional services to provide...

The Role Of Small Part Innovation

September 9, 2014 12:27 pm | by Janaki Weiden, Global Marketing Director for NORGLIDE Bearings & RENCOL Tolerance Rings | News | Comments

Research & Development (R&D) is critical to the creation of effective and innovative technologies in all industries. And it starts with the pieces. Terms like “innovative” and “well-engineered” shouldn’t be limited to referring only to iPads and aeroplanes. Small parts--such as bearings and tolerance rings--can make...

Streamline Supply Chain With One-Stop Metal Fabrication

September 9, 2014 11:46 am | by Del Williams, Technical Writer | News | Comments

With rising material costs, government regulations, and customers resisting price increases, today there is no room for waste in the metal fabrication supply chain. While once OEMs had the time, margins, and procurement staff to afford 6 to 8 week lead-times for fabricated metal components subcontracted to layers of vendors, each taking...

11 Questions To Ask A Contract Manufacturer Before Partnering

September 9, 2014 10:48 am | by Craig Zoberis, founder and president of Fusion OEM | News | Comments

Before partnering with a contract manufacturer (CM) to continue producing your legacy products, you must ensure the contract manufacturer suits all of your manufacturing needs. Contract manufacturing companies are not all the same, and you shouldn’t partner with one for a quick solution to your OEM company’s needs. The challenge is to avoid overlooking critical factors concerning...

China's Exports Rise To 9.4%, Imports Shrink

September 7, 2014 11:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 China's export growth eased in August while imports shrank for the second month in a row. Customs data released Monday showed that exports rose 9.4 percent to $208 billion last month, down from a 14.5 percent expansion in July. Imports contracted...

Civil Disobedience Expected In Fast-Food Pay Fight

September 3, 2014 9:54 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's, Wendy's, and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the industry's workers. Kendall Fells, an organizing director for Fast Food Forward, said...

Why American Manufacturing Is Vital To Future Prosperity

September 2, 2014 5:17 pm | by Hillary Schaub and Darrell M. West, Brookings | News | Comments

At the 3rdannual John White, Jr. Forum on Public Policy, the topic was Regional Manufacturing Hubs in the U.S., and we heard from a number of different experts. As noted in a recent White House report, the manufacturing industry is growing, but there is still much work to be done. The sector comprises 12 percent of the overall economy, and greater investments...

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