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5 Quick Questions: Pushing The Distribution Envelope

November 4, 2013 11:13 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, | Articles | Comments

Thief River Falls, MN-based Digi-Key Corporation is a global distributor of electronic components, with over $1.5 billion in annual sales. We recently sat down Mark Larson, the company’s president, to get his thoughts on globalization, inventory management and steps that established distributors can take in helping to set themselves apart from the crowd.

ISM: Manufacturing Continues Upward Momentum

November 4, 2013 10:37 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the fifth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 53rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Report On Business.

Supply Chain Management: The Advantages Of Real-Time Inventory Management

November 4, 2013 8:28 am | by Lindsay Themea, Desmond & Louis and Swapan Nag, Nag, Inc. | Articles | Comments

What does technology that allows us to view Earth from the International Space Station as it orbits around the planet have to do with supply chain management? Or technology that helps authorities pinpoint and deploy vital resources during a catastrophic natural disaster?  The ability to track and analyze big data in real-time.


KI Logistics To Add 149 Jobs With S.C. Expansion

November 1, 2013 10:07 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

KI Logistics today announced its plans to invest $11.5 million to establish its new North American headquarters and logistics facility at The Matrix Business and Technology Park in Greenville County. With the new investment , the company plans to create as many as 149 new jobs over the next several years. The 206,000-square-foot facility will be fully operational by July 2014.

Domestic Minerals Production Could Boost Manufacturing

November 1, 2013 9:18 am | by Hal Quinn, CEO, National Mining Association (NMA) | Blogs | Comments

After decades of outsourcing, the resurgence in domestic manufacturing is now America’s favorite comeback story. Factors that once drove companies overseas — including labor and energy costs — are no longer considered insurmountable obstacles. Yet one troubling trend could signal a major complication for returning manufacturers: our nation’s increasing reliance on unstable supply chains of imported minerals.

FDA Enlists Companies To Head Off Drug Shortages

October 31, 2013 2:03 pm | News | Comments

Under the proposed rule, companies that make widely-used prescription medicines would have to notify the FDA of any changes in drug production that could disrupt the U.S. supply. FDA leaders say the advance warning will help the agency work with companies to resolve supply problems or find alternate sources of drugs that are being phased out.

Intelligrated Expands Ga. Operations

October 29, 2013 2:13 pm | News | Comments

Intelligrated today announced its plans to expand its southern operations, based out of Alpharetta, Ga., into a new 54,000-square-foot facility that will accommodate staff from both Intelligrated and Knighted. The company says the expansion has been planned ahead of expected growth within the region.

Why 3D Printing Could Be A Manufacturing And Logistics Game Changer

October 23, 2013 9:44 am | by Danielle M., Blogger & Business Student | Blogs | Comments

Could 3-D printing, also called additive manufacturing, revolutionize the production industry to the same extent as Ford's assembly line? When Michelangelo was asked how he sculpted the famous David statue, he's reported to have simply replied, "I just chipped away everything that didn't look like David."


Penske Logistics Earns 2013 U.S. EPA SmartWay Excellence Award

October 22, 2013 11:45 am | News | Comments

Penske was one of 55 companies to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay’s 3000-plus Partners. Companies were honored today at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Annual Global Conference in Denver.

Transformation Technologies For The Warehouses Of Tomorrow

October 21, 2013 11:03 am | by Mike Wills, Vice President, Motorola Solutions | Articles | Comments

The movement from linear to complex, multi-node supply chains is behind this dramatic shift, driven by changes that include greater volatility, constrained capacity, evolving regulations, major shifts in customer demographics and buying patterns, and increasingly demanding customer and supplier requirements.  

Getting Your Customers To Go Online

October 18, 2013 11:01 am | by Bob Barr, Senior Vice President, Acquity Group | Articles | Comments

If there’s such obvious value in getting customers to interact with your business online, why are so many companies, B2B in particular, still operating in person and over the phone? Maybe they’ve cornered a market. But frankly, betting on past analog strategies to support a company in the current and future digital market virtually guarantees failure along the lines of Blockbuster, Borders, Circuit City, CompUSA and others.

Survey: 7 In 10 U.S. Companies Are Neglecting Third-Party Risk

October 17, 2013 2:04 pm | by NAVEX Global | News | Comments

The survey gathered insights from 300+ business professionals responsible for ethics and compliance activities. It explored how and whether they have implemented policies to mitigate the risks of doing business with third parties overseas. Survey respondents largely acknowledged the risk, but 71 percent admitted they do not track information on some or all of their third party relationships.

Car Sales Burst A Challenge To Parts Suppliers

October 14, 2013 8:02 am | News | Comments

Many smaller suppliers went under during the recession and after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, leaving larger companies with tighter production capacity as the buying market rebounded, Sharland said.        


Extending SAP Value, Speeding Access With New Tools

October 7, 2013 12:00 pm | by Chris Meyer, President, Americas, Excel4apps | Articles | Comments

An SAP user since 2006, Purcell Systems found over time that financial reporting from its big ERP system was inefficient, especially as managers began to request more information more quickly. By 2012, the company seriously needed a way to expedite both ad-hoc and standard financial reporting processes.

Wal-Mart Supplier To Build, Ship Toys From Rogers

October 7, 2013 3:16 am | News | Comments

A company that makes battery-operated vehicles that children can ride said Monday it will spend $6.5 million to renovate a Rogers manufacturing site and hire 74 workers who will build products exclusively for Wal-Mart.Redman & Associates said production will begin in 2014.

Wal-Mart Asia CEO: Policing Suppliers Key

October 7, 2013 1:17 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Wal-Mart Asia President and CEO Scott Price is among hundreds of business leaders gathered for a conference on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, which promotes regional market opening and cooperation.   

Supply Chain Strategies And The Future Of American Manufacturing

October 4, 2013 11:57 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Within three years, a Boston Consulting Group analysis concludes that rising Chinese wages, higher U.S. productivity, a weaker dollar, and other factors will virtually close the cost gap between the U.S. and China for many goods consumed in North America.

The Truth About Reshoring, Productivity, And Today’s Manufacturer

October 4, 2013 11:50 am | by Jim Shepherd , Plex Systems | Articles | Comments

Industry insiders have been talking about reshoring for years. But progress has come only recently. The stars have aligned because at the same time that U.S. manufacturing has come back with new strengths, the business benefits of offshoring have dwindled.

Why Cloud Manufacturing Software Adoption Rates Are Rising

October 3, 2013 9:47 am | by Mark Davidson | Articles | Comments

Imagine having manufacturing software features like automatic updates, unlimited capacity upgrades, built-in disaster recovery and universal remote access capabilities, among others. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. Cloud platforms are already bringing this level of functionality to manufacturing businesses, and without the capital expenditures and lifecycle maintenance costs.

hybris Survey: E-Commerce Potential High For Motors And Power Transmission

October 1, 2013 1:21 pm | News | Comments

Basic or non-existent e-commerce functionality does not match B2B purchaser preferences according to the hybris 2012 State of B2B E-Commerce study, which indicates that 88 percent of B2B buyers would primarily make business purchases online if given the option.

Interface Goes ‘Restorative,’ Turns Pollution Into Carpeting

September 25, 2013 12:24 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

While the booming era of “going green” and “sustainability” in manufacturing has come and gone over the last few years, there are still innovative manufacturers that are working hard to reduce their impact on the environment. Interface Inc. has taken those efforts to another level with a program that not only utilizes recycled materials, but also helps impoverished farmers across the globe make a better living.

Insite Software Workshop Gives Distributors An Action Plan

September 24, 2013 5:27 pm | News | Comments

Insite Software, a leading provider of B2B eCommerce platforms and shipping solutions with more than 950 customers worldwide, today announced it will host a strategy workshop session, “Unleashing Your Future with a B2B eCommerce Strategy,” on Oct. 31 during UnleashWD, the first and only conference dedicated to bringing B2B innovation to the wholesale distribution industry.

FTA Announces Agreement To Strengthen 'Buy America' Program

September 24, 2013 2:24 pm | by U.S. Department of Transportation | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced a new Interagency Agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that will make it easier for manufacturers and transit agencies to identify domestically made products, such as rolling stock and other steel and iron components that comply with FTA’s “Buy America” rules.

Antonio Rodrigues: Logistics Systems For Fast Moving Consumer Goods

September 24, 2013 10:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

On today’s episode, we take a look into the logistic systems for rapid moving consumer goods. Helping to guide our conversation is Antonio Rodrigues, the U.S. Director of Sales for Pcdata Inc. Pcdata is the global market leader in logistics systems for industrial bakeries, and the partner of choice for clients in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

How To Find Success With Mobile Solutions

September 20, 2013 10:06 am | by Mikael Nilebacke, Managing Director, Erisma Technologies | Articles | Comments

Mobile solutions, i.e. software for PDAs and smartphones, have an enormous potential to improve efficiency and save big money for companies that today rely on time-consuming paper-based solutions. However, the transition from paper-based/manual/traditional solutions to advanced mobile solutions is filled with pitfalls.

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