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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 ...

Find The Value Of Traceability In Manufacturing

August 28, 2014 12:21 pm | by Brady Corporation | News | Comments

Being able to track a part, product or component through a manufacturing process can go a long way in preventing defects, recalls, product returns, and combating counterfeit components ...          

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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 ...  

Kentucky Distillery Part of Bourbon Trend in Louisville

August 26, 2014 11:48 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Corky Taylor, with Kentucky Peerless Distillery Company, talks about the business ...                            

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 ...                

U.S. Durable Goods Orders Surge To Record High

August 26, 2014 9:29 am | by Martin Crutsinger - AP Economics Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Business orders for long-lasting manufactured goods shot up by the largest amount on record in July but much of the strength came from a huge surge in demand for commercial aircraft. Outside of transportation, orders actually fell. Orders for durable goods ...

Gov't Warns Retailers About Hacking Software

August 25, 2014 10:09 am | by Alicia A. Caldwell & Jeff Horwitz, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday. The government urged ...   

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Big Industrial Projects Clog River Parish Traffic

August 23, 2014 12:24 pm | by Maria Clark - New Orleans CityBusiness - Associated Press | News | Comments

Traffic has a tendency to drag along the Sunshine Bridge once the workday is over. The four-lane span over the Mississippi River between St. James and Ascension parishes is undergoing extensive repairs and has been reduced to ...   

Report Compares Food Traceability Regulations Of 21 Countries

August 21, 2014 12:21 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

The Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) just released a new report in the peer-reviewed journal, Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, that evaluates and compares the ...        

Manufacturing Should Bite-The-Bullet Over Militarized Police

August 21, 2014 11:02 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

With the turmoil in Ferguson, the concern regarding a vastly over-armed police force, or even militarized police force, has become a rife topic for debate. While the argument over providing officials with firepower has been a debate for some time, The Economist has taken to ...

UPS Says Retail Stores Breached By Malware

August 21, 2014 10:04 am | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Some customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores in 24 states.A spokeswoman for UPS says the information includes ...      

Chemical Fire Disables Tanker

August 20, 2014 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An engine-room fire has disabled a private commercial chemical tanker 700 miles off the Oregon coast, and one crew member has died, the U.S. Coast Guard said Friday. The fire was extinguished by the vessel's own installed firefighting systems, but ...

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How 1 U.S. Factory Owner Fought Cheap Imports

August 19, 2014 11:50 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Much of U.S. manufacturing has been decimated in the past decade by less expensive imports from China, but it didn't necessarily have to be that way, according to a compelling new book by journalist Beth Macy. Macy's book, "Factory Man," tells the story of ...

Arkansas Freight Trains Collide

August 19, 2014 10:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Union Pacific train crew members were killed and two others were injured when two freight trains collided head-on in northeast Arkansas early Sunday, Arkansas State Police said. The collision happened about ...      

Egypt Picks Consortium To Draft Suez Plan

August 19, 2014 10:30 am | by Maggie Michael - Associated Press | News | Comments

Egypt selected a consortium of Egyptian and the Persian Gulf companies Tuesday to develop the government's mega project to transform the Suez Canal waterway into a hub of international investment and free trade zones, officials said. Egyptian authorities say ...

Chiquita Rejects New $611M Takeover Bid

August 15, 2014 12:41 pm | News | Comments

Banana distributor Chiquita Brands says it is rejecting the $611 million buyout offer from investment firm Safra Group and the Brazilian agribusiness and juice company Cutrale Group. Chiquita says ...        

Walmart And The U.S. Conference of Mayors Award $4M To Spark Innovation In American Manufacturing

August 15, 2014 9:38 am | News | Comments

Walmart, the Walmart Foundation, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), kicked off a new chapter in the modern American manufacturing story today as the global retailer announced the first grant recipients of ...       

NJ-Based Toy Company Opening New Plant

August 14, 2014 6:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Jersey-based toy company is opening a facility in Fairfield County to supply Wal-Mart Stores. Enor Corp. announced plans Thursday to make toys at a former golf-cart distribution facility in Winnsboro, creating 151 jobs. Hiring starts ...

Walmart Cuts Profit Outlook

August 14, 2014 10:57 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its annual profit outlook on Thursday as the world's largest retailer faced another quarter of sluggish sales and traffic declines. Wal-Mart eked out a 0.6 percent increase in second-quarter profit and reported that ...

Louisiana Exports Up 9.3 Percent At Midyear

August 13, 2014 12:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Louisiana exports grew by 9.3 percent to $32.1 billion during the first half of the year. That's according to figures from the World Trade Center of New Orleans. The export growth — fueled by agriculture and oil and gas goods — enabled Louisiana to remain ...

Photos: OREO Surprises 50 Of America's Smallest Towns With Deliveries

August 13, 2014 12:09 pm | by OREO | News | Comments

OREO Mini is treating 50 tiny towns across America (one town in each state) to a mini delivery featuring the world's favorite cookie…only smaller ...                  

Amazon Debuts Mobile Payment App And Card Reader

August 13, 2014 11:54 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through ...     

Independent Distributors Can Take Key Steps To Compete With Larger Rivals

August 13, 2014 10:14 am | by Ranga Bodla, NetSuite Senior Director of Industry Marketing, Manufacturing & Wholesale Distribution | Articles | Comments

It’s not easy being an independent distributor these days. They face constant competition from large national distributors, most of which have the advantage of multiple locations, more capital to support investments and the purchasing power to ...

MAPI Analysis: U.S. Losing Export Competitiveness Across The Pacific

August 12, 2014 1:56 pm | by MAPI | News | Comments

A new analysis from the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, finds an alarming downward trend for U.S. export growth to Asia since 2009, leaving an uncertain future for the U.S. to regain its ...

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