Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 11th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 59th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.
Inventory and weather-related volatility clearly played a part in the January swoon but the late 2013 data clearly overstated the underlying growth performance of a factory sector that, remarkably, has yet to regain all of the output lost in the Great Recession.
Comments from purchasing managers responding to this month’s survey ranged from “Companies continue to hoard cash and postpone capital investments and hiring,” to “We are beginning to see our customers finally breaking loose and ordering capital equipment.”
The high-tech warehouse is taking shape as organizations seek to get ahead of the material handling systems challenges of the 21st Century supply chain. A big component of that formation is automation, but it has to be more strategic than just throwing machines at a problem.
IDT uses Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP software, implemented by Edgewater Fullscope, to support new products and market expansion, as well as address traceability requirements. IDT processes over 25,000 products per day and has over 86,000 customers around the world.
Ethanol producers say clogged rail lines and other shipping problems have forced them to reduce production of the fuel and contributed to higher prices.
Many past decisions to offshore manufacturing were based on price alone. Today, manufacturers are looking at more than just price when considering sourcing decisions and production locations. But that doesn't mean our supply chain is ready to handle all the potential new business.
In addition to bringing a number of new companies into the fold during an acquisition-fueled growth surge, GSE Environmental also saw their infrastructure balloon to include five different, unintegrated ERP systems. The one common trait amongst these platforms was an inefficient way of sharing new or recent data. In most cases GSE was dealing with a 30-day lag time for accessing key data sets.
A federal appeals court is allowing labels on meat products that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.
The inspection blitz, which generally found only minor and easily correctable defects, is part of a proactive safety effort launched in January after several severe accidents across the U.S. and Canada.
The price of bacon is surging and the cost of other morning staples, like coffee and orange juice, is set to rise because of global supply problems, from drought in Brazil to disease on U.S. pig farms.
The European Union has fined two EU and four Japanese companies a total of nearly $1.4 billion for rigging the market of key components in the car and truck industry at the expense of consumers.
Two big announcements yesterday, one from Walmart and one from 3D Systems, push for the creation and reshoring of American manufacturing jobs.
While B2B and B2C e-commerce buying may share a common shopping and check-out experience, the under-the-hood fundamentals are not the same — the ways that a company might implement the right features in each situation, while generating the highest return on investment (ROI) possible, depends, in many ways, upon those internal functions. And the prospect of making the right B2B decision still stumps many companies.
Officials say there were worries about a gradual shedding of jobs as aerospace customers worldwide expect their suppliers to be closer and cheaper labor becomes more available in central Europe and Asia.
Walmart today announced a concept semi-trailer truck, the Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience (WAVE), which is 20 percent more aerodynamic than the company’s current fleet of trucks.
Buffett says it's clear that railroad tank cars carrying crude oil need to be updated because oil from certain regions has the potential to be more dangerous than previously thought.
When Boa-Franc, a leading North American manufacturer of pre-finished hardwood floors, was looking to enhance its ERP and CRM software, it partnered with Edgewater Fullscope for help with Microsoft Dynamics AX and Dynamics CRM.
But a new survey indicates that obtaining drugs from alternate sources is costing them a lot of money they can't spare.
Rail tank cars are an "unacceptable public risk," and even cars voluntarily upgraded by the industry may not be sufficient, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board said.
The New York Democrat says Wednesday that the agreement announced by the federal Department of Transportation and Association of American Railroads doesn't go far enough to protect upstate communities. Trains pull hundreds of tankers of highly volatile crude oil from North Dakota cross New York daily in a virtual moving pipeline to East Coast refineries.
The company claims that without a bridge and crew support systems, ships would be 5 percent lighter before loading cargo and would burn 12 percent to 15 percent less fuel during their trips.
Reducing lead times in these scenarios can cut millions off the bottom line, but there’s too many concurrent pressures for many to do it effectively, and it's far too easy to get caught up in "chasing a ghost" — a potentially costly and damaging misstep.
Keri Dawson, vice president, Industry Solutions and Advisory Services, MetricStream, discusses the importance of establishing and enforcing a compliance program that ensures the quality and safety of food and beverage products.
Railroads that haul volatile crude shipments have reached an agreement with U.S. transportation officials to adopt wide-ranging voluntary safety measures after a string of explosive and deadly accidents.