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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.

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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...

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...

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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...

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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...

7 Ways To Shore Up Supply Chain Security

August 28, 2014 4:04 pm | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Blogs | Comments

Your supply chain is the biggest source of risk in your entire operation. Unfortunately, there are many day-to-day aspects that you’ll never be able to completely control or manage. Sometimes, you’ll need to ...       

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 ...          

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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