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InsiteAnalytics Provides Powerful Data-Driven Intelligence

January 28, 2015 9:26 am | by Insite Software | Product Releases | Comments

Insite Software has announced the availability of InsiteAnalytics,a powerful new analytics package designed to help customers improve the performance of their ecommerce investments and technologies.

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The Possiblities Of Microsoft HoloLens

January 27, 2015 1:20 pm | by Microsoft | Videos | Comments

The team behind Microsoft HoloLens talks about creating the technology and how it could shape things going forward.                                       

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Can A 3D Printed Car Change The Industry?

January 27, 2015 1:08 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

If we’re all to believe the hype, 3D printed vehicles could play a role in the future of the auto industry. But some challenges remain before they can go mainstream.                         

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Sales Channel Visibility Improves Manufacturing And Inventory Planning

January 27, 2015 11:59 am | by Dan Blacharski | Articles | Comments

Managing extended sales channels — the distributors and resellers who deliver products to end customers — has been a largely intuitive process, relying on ‘hip pocket’ estimates, lacking in visibility and accountability, and too often isolated from central enterprise supply chain planning.

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Labor Dispute At Ports Could Hamper Railroads

January 27, 2015 11:43 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

A months-long contract dispute at ports along the West Coast could spill thousands of miles inland, where two rail companies are raising concerns about shipping complications.                     

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Supreme Court Rejects Ruling Awarding Lifetime Health Benefits

January 27, 2015 11:31 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a lower court ruling that awarded lifetime healthcare benefits to union retirees at a West Virginia chemical plant, ordering the court to reconsider the matter.               

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Falling Grain Prices Hit Farm Equipment Manufacturers

January 27, 2015 11:20 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Manufacturers of farm equipment are starting to feel the effects of falling grain prices on farmers' profit margins.                                       

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Milk Industry Fights Back Against 'Anti-Dairy Proponents'

January 27, 2015 9:59 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk.                           

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Obama Says U.S. Must Catch Up To Ensure Drone Safety

January 27, 2015 9:54 am | by Josh Lederman & Calvin Woodward, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States has fallen behind technological advancements that have made small drones readily available and must update its laws to ensure safety, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, in his first public comments about a drone that crashed on the White House grounds.

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Orders For U.S. Durable Goods Fell In December

January 27, 2015 9:47 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods dropped sharply in December, dragged lower by a big decline in demand for commercial aircraft.                                 

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China Says 'Harmful Info' Must Be Managed After VPNs Blocked

January 27, 2015 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Responding to reports that China is blocking VPN services that let users jump the Great Firewall, an Internet official said Tuesday that "harmful information" must be managed.                     

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Obama: More 'Made In America' Products Heading To India

January 26, 2015 1:17 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

During his visit to India, President Obama unveiled plans to create jobs and boost the economic partnership between the U.S. and India.                                 

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The Next Global Markets For U.S. Businesses

January 26, 2015 1:12 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. economy is surging ahead while areas like China, Europe and Russia struggle economically. In order to keep the momentum going for U.S. businesses, they’ll have to look at new global markets to expand. So where are companies aiming their focus? 

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Manufacturer Spends Entire Ad Budget On Super Bowl Spot

January 26, 2015 12:24 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A dozen companies are buying a Super Bowl commercial for the first time this year. That’s the most newcomers in more than a decade. With an estimated 184 million people expected to watch the big game, one manufacturer thinks it’s worth making the high-stakes bet. 

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How A ‘Digital Twin’ Can Warrant Products Are Built As Designed

January 26, 2015 12:12 pm | by Dr. Michael Grieves | Articles | Comments

Much has been written about the process of transferring the digital rendered designs to the shop floor so the right product is built. The challenge is that quite often what was designed isn’t actually built.             

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States Consider Repealing Prevailing Wage Laws

January 26, 2015 11:44 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Amid strong Republican gains in statehouses nationwide in recent years, debates over "right-to-work" legislation have generally been the most prominent union-related issues.                      

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Yogurt Owner Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison For Arson

January 26, 2015 11:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The founder of a popular yogurt company is in prison after admitting he set the production plant ablaze in a fit of anger over investors' handling of the company.                         

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The Highest And Lowest Unemployment Rates Across The U.S.

January 26, 2015 11:26 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The desert Southwest, the Jersey Shore and California's central valley account for the highest urban unemployment rates in the nation, according to data compiled by Forbes.                       

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Post Holdings To Buy Malt-O-Meal Cereal Maker

January 26, 2015 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Post Holdings will spend $1.15 billion to bulk up its presence in the market for bagged and hot cereals by buying the privately held MOM Brands Co., maker of Malt-O-Meal cereals.                     

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MeadWestvaco, Rock-Tenn To Form Packaging Behemoth

January 26, 2015 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco will join forces to create a $16 billion packaging company, driving down its own costs and possibly gaining the scale to better dictate prices.                       

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