A labor rights group Monday accused a Chinese company that makes iPhones for Apple Inc. of abuses including withholding employees' pay and excessive working hours. China Labor Watch said it found violations of the law and of Apple's pledges about working conditions at factories operated by Pegatron Corp., a Taiwanese company.
The survey found that almost half of the nearly 900 executives surveyed are still in the initial stages of their compliance efforts, while 16 percent have not yet begun gathering information, and 32 percent are still determining if the rule even applies to them.
Enterprise asset management, as a solution, is designed to protect and prolong the assets in an organization. To make sure the people and the materials that need to be in place to make that happen, are working in concert with each other, to make sure the assets are working the way they’re supposed to.
With the launch of OneMorePallet.com, a web-based shipping platform, small business owners and shipping personnel who feel they pay high prices for shipping with freight carriers, are now empowered to save time and money. Using paradigm shifting technology, first embraced by the travel industry, OneMorePallet introduces Name Your Price Shipping™.
The old days of “write a specification, collect bids, and pick the low one” are long gone. Your suppliers are now an extension of your company. This is especially true in manufacturing. For instance, there are companies that will manage all your maintenance and repair parts within your own facility.
Requiring meat labels to have more details about a product's origins is too costly and serves no public health or safety benefit, industry groups said Tuesday in announcing a lawsuit against U.S. Department of Agriculture over new labeling rules.
May U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $430.06 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 13.6 percent from April but down 7.6 percent when compared with the total of $465.38 million reported for May 2012.
A group of primarily European retailers and clothing makers said Monday that it plans to inspect clothing factories in Bangladesh that make garments for the companies within the next nine months and will concentrate renovations on those that pose the biggest safety threat.
A recent survey revealed a number of interesting trends, such as the sheer lack of visibility among global supply chains. Whether this is because of outdated technology or simply due to more global sources, the key take-away is that there is a surge of mindshare on how to better manage these relationships via collaboration and new technology.
After a car maker or a steel mill wears out a factory, extracts all the tax breaks a treasury will bear, and accumulates more obligations to its workers than the stockholders will bear, it flees town like a deadbeat husband, leaving a worn-out, exploited patch of land no else will touch. An industrial city follows the same life cycle as a boxer, or a prostitute.
The U.S. trade deficit increased in May to the highest level in six months as a weak global economy depressed U.S. export sales while imports of autos and other nonpetroleum products hit an all-time high. The trade deficit rose to $45 billion in May, up 12.1 percent from April's $40.1 billion imbalance.
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector returned to a slow, steady expansion in June, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Report On Business. The PMI number indicated expansion in manufacturing for the fifth time in six months, reversing May’s contracting PMI rate of 49 percentage points.
Many professionals believe that companies place value on the APICS certification because it provides third-party validation that their knowledge and skills extend past on-the-job experience and a college education. As a result, thousands of supply chain and operations professionals across the country are enrolling in courses to pursue APICS certification.
The committee notice says the hearing will examine the pending purchase of the Smithfield, Va.-based company. It also will examine how the government review process of foreign acquisitions of U.S. companies addresses American food safety and the effects of increased foreign ownership of the U.S. food supply.
As mayor of Charlotte, N.C., Foxx has pushed for expanded use of streetcars and a light rail extension, helped build a new runway at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and helped create a new regional freight distribution center that will link planes, trains and trucks to East Coast ports. He has also unveiled a pilot program for electric vehicle charging stations.
Chip Starnes, who said he was "saddened" by the experience, told The Associated Press a deal was reached overnight to pay the scores of workers who had demanded severance packages similar to ones given to laid-off co-workers in a phased-out division, even though the company said the remaining workers weren't being laid off.
The United States is expected to suspend trade privileges for Bangladesh because of concerns over labor rights and worker safety that intensified after hundreds died there in the global garment industry's worst accident. Congressional aides said the Obama administration would make its announcement Thursday, the culmination of a yearslong review of labor conditions in the impoverished South Asian nation.
According to the business consulting firm Jones Lang LaSalle, there has been a significant uptick in the number of tech manufacturing jobs in the U.S. since 2001.One of the major reasons for expanding manufacturing to the U.S. stems from the desire to have factories closer to consumers andthose who can then fix problems.
Included in this growth has been an increase in the number of clients with unique requests of Sportech, which has provided increased uncertainty in their TPO needs. In search of a supplier that could keep up with their growth and handle this unpredictability, Sportech turned to Rowmark’s Premier Material Concepts (PMC).
This two-day, executive-level event will feature 200 executives from manufacturers strongly considering, or even in the middle of, moving major projects back to the U.S. from overseas. Taking place in the Omni Galleria, in Houston, Texas, the Reinvesting in American Manufacturing Conference will feature dozens of sessions on every topic critical to understanding and making the business case to re-shore manufacturing assets.
Vendors, managers and bloggers often cite the benefits of “big data,” though most miss the mark in understanding exactly what it is used for, and how it is analyzed. By itself, big data is just raw material, and without a focus on bottom-line results, it is not only meaningless — it can actually be harmful, diverting resources away from a company's core mission.
Italian carmaker Fiat says it will temporarily stop production at some European car plants in the coming days due to insufficient deliveries of plastic parts. Fiat said in a statement Wednesday that more than 5,500 vehicles can't be completed due to missing components from the Italian supplier Selmat, creating an "unmanageable" backlog.
The Eglin, Ill.-based HELUKABEL USA has announced that is German parent company has brought its expanded global logistics center, a $50 million project, online for the first time. The facility in Hemmingen will double the company’s warehousing capacity and better enable it to provide rapid order delivery to customers worldwide.
April U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $372.50 million. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 26.6 percent from March and down 12.6 percent when compared with the total of $426.44 million reported for April 2012. With a year-to-date total of $1,650.91 million, 2013 is down 7.0 percent compared with 2012.
Developed through global consensus, International Organization for Standardization standards help to break down barriers to international trade. It just so happens that the revision cycle has fallen on some of the world’s most popular standards, with both ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO 14001 (environmental) among those currently being revised.