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Staples Investigating Possible Data Breach

October 21, 2014 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Staples is looking into a potential credit card data breach and has been in touch with law enforcement officials about the issue.                                   

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Coke Slashing Costs As Soda Sales Remain Flat

October 21, 2014 1:30 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Coca-Cola said it plans to slash costs by $3 billion a year after the world's biggest beverage maker reported disappointing sales on flat soda volume.                             

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AbbVie To Pay Shire Fee Over Nixed Merger

October 21, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The two companies said Monday that the deal was off following the decision last week by AbbVie's board to withdraw support from the proposed acquisition.                           

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Can Paid Internships Help Bridge The Gap In Manufacturing?

October 21, 2014 1:20 pm | by Megy Karydes | Articles | Comments

For small to medium-sized manufacturers willing to open their shop doors and let the youth from their community in, it’s an opportunity to teach them skills they can use both within their manufacturing firm and beyond while also helping to reduce the unemployment rate locally.

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Meat Labeling Gets Push Back From WTO

October 21, 2014 1:09 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The World Trade Organization (WTO) announced on Monday that it has rejected U.S. rules that would require country-of-origin labeling on packaged beef and pork products. While the labeling would have helped U.S. ranchers, the WTO said the requirements would put Canadian and Mexican meats at an unfair disadvantage.

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Verdict: Guardrail Company Defrauded Government

October 21, 2014 12:52 pm | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Last week Trinity Industries Inc., a manufacturer of U.S. highway guardrails, went to court over allegations that it changed its design to save on manufacturing costs and never informed authorities of the change — raising safety concerns. The jury determined the company should have told the government about the design change.

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3 PGA Pros Start GolfBeer Brewing

October 21, 2014 12:33 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Three of the top names in professional golf are now in the beer business. Freddie Jacobson, Keegan Bradley and Graeme McDowell will launch a series of easy-drinking craft beers through their new company, GolfBeer Brewing Co.       

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WTO Rejects U.S. Country-Of-Origin Meat Labels

October 21, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The WTO said the requirements put Canadian and Mexican livestock at an unfair disadvantage.                                             

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Frito-Lay Announces Do Us A Flavor Winner

October 21, 2014 9:34 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

In the U.S., bags of the four finalist flavors hit shelves in late July and people were able to vote on Facebook and Twitter for their favorites through this past weekend. It was the second year for the U.S. contest, which is designed to send customers to stores in search of the flavors.

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iRobot Receives $7.6M Order From U.S. Navy

October 21, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

iRobot Corp., the leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, has received a $7.6 million order from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division.            

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Toyota Adds 247K Vehicles to Air Bag Recall Tally

October 21, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling 247,000 vehicles in high-humidity areas as an air bag problem that has plagued most of the auto industry continues to widen.                               

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GM Ignition Switch Death Count Rises

October 20, 2014 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday.                                            

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Fire Exposes Illegal Chinese Factories Problem In Italy

October 20, 2014 1:09 pm | by Erika Kinetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities have raided over 1,900 Chinese factories in the past 6 1/2 years, closing 909 for safety and labor violations. Sanctioned factories rarely bother to fix those problems, preferring to reopen under a new name.         

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Lorillard CEO To Get Millions After Reynolds Merger

October 20, 2014 1:00 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Regulatory filings show the CEO of Newport cigarette maker Lorillard Inc. is set to receive more than $44 million following the planned $25 billion merger with Reynolds American Inc.                   

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U.S. Agency Warns Car Owners About Air Bags

October 20, 2014 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are warning owners of more than 4.7 million vehicles that have been recalled for air bag problems to get them repaired immediately.                           

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Cloud ERP — The Right Tool For The Relevant Problem

October 20, 2014 12:48 pm | by Srinivasan Ramaswamy | Articles | Comments

An agile solution that is constantly evolving and keeps pace with the rapid changes in technology and usage patterns of the users, is what the current business needs.                        

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Hackers, Downtime And Deathmobiles In The Age Of IoT

October 20, 2014 12:27 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Blogs | Comments

It seems that many in manufacturing operations and IT are being tasked with quelling security fears instead of being given the opportunity to address these concerns, and leverage the advantages of greater enterprise-wide connectivity.     

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A Cultural Shift Is Coming To Microsoft

October 20, 2014 12:07 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Satya Nadella says he was wrong to use his own personal experiences to answer the questions of whether women should ask for raises.                                  

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6 Ways To Manage Product Complexity

October 20, 2014 12:01 pm | by Columbus | Articles | Comments

One of the biggest challenges discrete manufacturing companies face is the increasing complexity of the product, whether this is due to technological change, market forces or the need to customize the product to meet demanding customer requirements. It is essential to capture these requirements accurately and quickly, and flow this information efficiently through the organization.

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Taking Audi's Driverless Car Out For A Race

October 20, 2014 11:31 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

German carmaker Audi takes us for a spin in a driverless concept car version of their RS7.                                             

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