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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 ...       

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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 ...     

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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 ...

Record Imports Expected As West Coast Port Talks Continue

August 12, 2014 1:29 pm | by National Retail Federation | News | Comments

Import volume at major U.S. container ports is expected to hit an all-time record in August as retailers concerned about the lack of a West Coast longshoremen’s contract rush to bring holiday season merchandise into the country, according to ...

Chiquita Gets Buyout Offer

August 12, 2014 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chiquita Brands has received an approximately $611 million buyout offer from investment firm Safra Group and agribusiness and juice company Cutrale Group. Safra and Cutrale are offering $13 per share, a 29 percent premium to ...    

Survivor: Engine Out Before Iranian Airplane Crash

August 11, 2014 1:16 pm | by Amir Vahdat, Associated Press | News | Comments

The crash in the Islamic Republic comes as its airlines fly aging aircraft and have trouble getting replacement parts, even though an interim deal on its contested nuclear program has ...          

How To Increase Manufacturing Output

August 7, 2014 3:58 pm | 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 ...        

U.S. Factory Orders Rise 1.1 Percent In June

August 5, 2014 10:30 am | by Josh Boak - AP Economics Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories increased in June, led by demand for aircraft, industrial machinery and computers and electronics. Orders rose a seasonally adjusted 1.1 percent compared to the previous month, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. Factory orders ...

McDonald's: China Meat Scandal Hurting Sales

August 5, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

The world's biggest hamburger chain said in a regulatory filing that there's been "significant negative impact" in China, Japan and other affected markets. These regions make up about 10 percent of McDonald's Corp.'s revenue.           

Japan, China Eye Meeting Over Food Safety

August 4, 2014 1:54 pm | News | Comments

The Japanese and Chinese governments are making preparations to hold a working-level meeting on food safety later this month following a recent scandal over expired chicken meat provided by a Chinese producer, Japanese government sources said Monday.

Death Toll Rises To 75 In Chinese Factory Blast

August 4, 2014 8:05 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll in an explosion at a Chinese auto parts factory has risen to 75, as investigators fault poor safety measures and news reports reveal that workers had long complained of dangerous levels of dust at the facility.                  

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 ...

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