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Kentucky Peerless Distillery Joins The Bourbon Trend In Louisville

August 25, 2014 12:05 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Corky Taylor, with Kentucky Peerless Distillery Company, talks about the business.                                                

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Putting A Performance Management Paradigm Into Place

August 25, 2014 11:58 am | by Stew Baillie | Articles | Comments

Performance management is the systematic process by which an organization improves its effectiveness in the accomplishment of its goals and objectives. While those goals and objectives can vary, for all organizations the ultimate metric that matters is the bottom line.

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4 Factors Driving The Emergence Of Digital Manufacturing

August 25, 2014 11:43 am | by Maria Montenegro, Verizon Enterprise Solutions | Articles | Comments

With the continual rise of the Internet and mobile economies, manufacturers need to be able to make production decisions on the spot by leveraging the latest supply chain information at their fingertips.             

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Gov't Warns Retailers About Hacking Software

August 25, 2014 9:44 am | by Alicia A. Caldwell & Jeff Horwitz, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday.           

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Sony Network Hacked, Exec's Flight Diverted

August 25, 2014 9:36 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sony's PlayStation Network service for video games was unusable from Sunday until Monday afternoon after being flooded by an online attack.                               

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Allergan Reviews Meeting Requests In Takeover Bid

August 25, 2014 9:31 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Botox maker Allergan Inc. is reviewing shareholder requests for a special meeting to consider replacing most of its board, a change fellow drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. is seeking as part of the hostile takeover attempt it's been waging since April.

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LG Bets On Pricey OLED Technology For TVs

August 25, 2014 9:25 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics Inc. announced two new giant OLED TVs with ultra-high definition screens Monday, sticking with its strategy of using the exceptionally expensive OLED display technology.                   

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Feds In Hot Seat To Change Interest Rates As Economists' Views Clash

August 25, 2014 9:20 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Reserve's annual conference opened with Chair Janet Yellen suggesting that the U.S. economy, the world's biggest, still needs help in the form of ultra-low rates and that U.S. inflation has yet to become a problem.       

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Roche To Buy U.S. Biotech Firm InterMune For $8.3B

August 25, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche said Sunday it has reached an $8.3 billion deal to buy InterMune Inc., a California-based developer of treatments for lung diseases.                       

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Keurig Strikes Deal With Kraft

August 22, 2014 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Keurig Green Mountain says it struck a deal to make Kraft's branded coffees, such as Maxwell House and Gevalia, for its single-serve brewing systems in the U.S.                         

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Deere To Lay Off 460 From Iowa Plant

August 22, 2014 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Agricultural equipment maker Deere is laying off about 460 employees indefinitely from an Iowa tractor factory as it continues to adjust to market demand.                           

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The New Face Of Manufacturing: Conquering An Omnichannel World

August 22, 2014 11:24 am | by Adam Kline | Articles | Comments

Omnichannel is one of the hottest buzz-words in supply chain today, but how far does the concept reach? You hear a lot about how omnichannel impacts retailers, carriers and even some wholesalers… but its potential to disrupt the manufacturing industry may surprise you.

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Juicing Up That Other Engine Under Your Hood

August 22, 2014 10:59 am | by Venkateswaran Vinod | Articles | Comments

The challenge for tech companies and automakers alike is that computer hardware and software embedded in a new car can be obsolete in just a couple years. But the owner will drive the car for an average of six to seven years before he trades it in for a new model. 

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Ford To Unveil New Hybrid Cars In 2018

August 22, 2014 10:44 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Ford plans to introduce a new hybrid gasoline-electric car in late 2018. The model will be compact and is a dedicated hybrid unlike the current Fusion. Ford wants to take on Toyota's best-selling hybrid, the Prius.           

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Is The Aston Martin DP-100 A Vision Of The Future?

August 22, 2014 10:40 am | by CNET | Videos | Comments

Aston Martin teamed up with Polyphony Digital to put the DP-100 Concept in to Gran Turismo 6. XCAR spoke to the guys behind it to find out what it means for the future of Aston Martin.                   

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Nestle Pushes For Humane Treatment Of Animals In Supply Chain

August 22, 2014 9:57 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Nestle has announced a major pledge to improve the welfare of the farm animals in its supply chain, following the signature of a partnership agreement with NGO World Animal Protection.                   

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Jell-O Can't Stop Slippery Slide

August 22, 2014 9:45 am | by Candace Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Executives at Kraft Foods, which owns Jell-O, say they're confident they can revitalize the brand. But their efforts so far have been a disappointment.                             

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Gauge Of U.S. Economy Rises 0.9 Pct. In July

August 22, 2014 9:42 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A gauge designed to predict the economy's future health posted the sharpest advance in four months in July, indicating the economy is gaining traction headed into the last half of the year.                 

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Ford Recalling More Than 160K Vehicles

August 22, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling more than 160,000 vehicles in North America for two safety issues.                                               

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Honda Recalls Fit To Boost Crash Resistance

August 21, 2014 1:15 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Honda is recalling 12,000 Fit subcompacts to replace the steel front bumper beams so the cars are more crash-resistant.                                     

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