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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.          

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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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When Do You Need A Multi-Carrier Parcel Solution?

June 10, 2014 12:16 pm | by Evan Puzey, CMO, Kewill | Articles | Comments

Often this is a complex decision, but it can be narrowed down to one simple question — “Do you want to be held hostage by a carrier?”                                 

What Goes Into Good Warehouse Design

June 10, 2014 10:16 am | by Jeff Maree, Product Specialist, Eaton Filtration Online | Articles | Comments

No matter what your industry, the design of your warehouse has far-reaching ramifications for efficiency and savings. The layout should make sense, and items should be accessible at short notice.                 

BMW Supplier Closing S.C. Plant

June 6, 2014 11:37 am | News | Comments

A South Carolina plant that makes exhaust systems for BMW will close by the end of the year, leaving 150 workers without a job.                                  

Why You Can’t Afford To Not Integrate PLM Into Supply Chain Orchestration

June 5, 2014 10:11 am | by Hari Menon, CEO, Serus | Articles | Comments

With the increasing frequency of product recalls and production delays, it’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming that these have become an unfortunate but unavoidable consequence of today’s outsourcing practices. But think again: they should be unacceptable to any manufacturing executive. After all, do you want to be the next Apple or another GM footing the bill for a recall?

ISM: Manufacturing Is 'Square' With Predicted Growth

June 3, 2014 2:44 pm | Articles | Comments

“The 55.4 percent is almost square with predictions that are out there,” says Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the ISM Business Survey Committee. “So we’re doing what’s expected and what’s expected is a good strong manufacturing sector.”

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Price Vs. Cost: OEM And Supplier Knowledge-Sharing

June 3, 2014 10:25 am | by Joe Woods, Fluid Power Segment Manager, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions | Articles | Comments

We have all been on the receiving end of a sales pitch that put emphasis on the concept of “value” to us, the customer. Although we know that value is important, few can succinctly define it and fewer still can quantify it.          

Vietnamese Businesses Worry About Anti-China Violence

June 3, 2014 8:11 am | by Chris Brummitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

For many companies in Vietnam there is little alternative but to trade with China, which supplies its factories with everything from the components to make smartphones to the fiber that its cheap labor force weaves into sweatshirts and t-shirts for international retailers.

S.C. Announces 300 New Jobs, $38M In Investment

June 2, 2014 9:54 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was joined by state and local economic development officials last Thursday evening to announce $38.2 million in new capital investment and 304 new jobs in South Carolina.               

SE Mich. PMI: Economy Experiences Sharp Upswing For May

June 2, 2014 9:35 am | by The Institute for Supply Management - Southeast Michigan & Wayne State University | News | Comments

Nearly 85.7 percent of PMI respondents believe the economic outlook will remain positive, while less than 15 percent believe the economy will become less stable over the next six months.                    

Akros Silicon Announces Global Distribution Agreement With Digi-Key

May 27, 2014 10:29 am | by Akros Silicon | News | Comments

Akros Silicon Inc. has announced a global distribution agreement with Digi-Key Corporation. Akros’ products help manufacturers of electronic equipment create more efficient and advanced products, which in turn enables end users to reduce their energy usage.

MAPI: Despite Some Drops, Durable Goods To Grow Soon

May 27, 2014 9:54 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The growth in April’s new orders was entirely due to large defense contracts which have very long lead times and thus do not reflect activity that is likely this year. Having said that, defense capital goods contracting has exploded in early 2014.

MIT Prof.: More Costly To Offshore Than Many Companies Think

May 23, 2014 9:52 am | by MIT Sloan School of Management | News | Comments

Using a new finance tool, she shows how the mismatch costs that result from extending the supply chain may well be higher than the lower cost offered by the offshore supplier, leading to reduced profits.                 

BNSF Says Future Of Crude By Rail Depends On Safety

May 22, 2014 7:53 am | by James MacPherson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the biggest railroad hauling North Dakota crude says the future of oil shipments depends on proving that it can be done safely.                    

New Models And Concepts Needed For Asia-Pacific Supply Chains

May 20, 2014 3:54 pm | by Jonathan Wright | Articles | Comments

The very term “supply chain” implies a straight line and a singular operating mode, with tight linkages moving goods smoothly from mode to mode and location to location. In Asia-Pacific, however, this concept is unrealistic.     

EEIA: Shale Gas Supply Chains Supporting 450,000 U.S. Jobs

May 20, 2014 11:11 am | by Energy Equipment & Infrastructure Alliance (EEIA) | News | Comments

America’s shale energy revolution is creating and sustanting hundreds of thousands of jobs in diverse sectors of the economy that supply construction, equipment, supplies and services to shale energy operations; and making the U.S. manufacturing sector more competitive by reducing energy input costs.

10 Tips for Successful ERP implementation

May 9, 2014 5:49 pm | Videos | Comments

While there are numerous outlets offering thoughts and guidance on ERP implementation, Columbus offers this definitive list focused on time-tested approaches that they feel can help an enterprise save time, cut costs and ensure all goals are met.

China Tightens Controls On Baby Formula Imports

May 6, 2014 8:03 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The announcement coincides with an effort by Beijing to build up its dairy industry following a 2008 tainted milk scandal that killed at least six babies and prompted many parents to switch to imported formula.           

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