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5 Ways to Improve Order Fulfillment

July 31, 2014 4:13 pm | by Kardex Remstar, LLC | Articles | Comments

A new white paper from Kardex Remstar reviews 5 order improvement strategies. There’s always room for improvement in a picking operation — whether it’s faster throughput, optimized labor productivity ...        

Managing Idle Time To Improve Productivity

July 31, 2014 3:39 pm | by Michael Harris | Articles | Comments

Today’s warehouse managers constantly are challenged to “do more with less.” Most attempt to meet this challenge by finding ways to reduce labor costs. Many have implemented labor measurement systems to measure associates’ productive work, and some have ...

Amazon To Invest $2 Billion To Expand In India

July 31, 2014 3:31 pm | by Kay Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The world's largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees. Amazon.com Inc. said Wednesday it will invest $2 billion to expand its ...       

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Ethical Practices Take Back Seat To Price, Say Purchasers

July 31, 2014 2:54 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

80% of consumers believe it is important for companies and brands to behave ethically, however the most significant factors when shopping are price, value and quality. Research from online sourcing and optimization specialists ...    

Nissan Expands Faulty Air Bag Recall

July 28, 2014 8:10 am | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling more than 226,000 additional vehicles over a defective air bag that has affected much of the global auto industry.                       

China Detains Meat Seller's Employees

July 23, 2014 12:04 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Five employees of a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other restaurants in China were detained by police Wednesday after an official said illegal activity was an organized effort by the supplier.    

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 station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken.                

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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 to layoff up to 18,000 employees to Tracy Morgan suing Wal-Mart over a fatal accident in New Jersey.              

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 headquarters in Bentonville, AR. It inspires me to hear that big corporations (especially those as big as Walmart), are getting on or are still on the ...   

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.        

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.              

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.       

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