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How Much Do Fantasy Football And Other Timewasters Cost Employers?

August 20, 2014 | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Comments

With the majority of the 26 million fantasy footballers congregating in person or online for their league draft, now is a good time to re-examine the impact that fantasy sports, as well as social media timewasters, have on the workplace.   

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Car Tech Taking Over

August 19, 2014 12:50 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

There’s no doubt that technology is making our vehicles more complex. But is technology infiltrating our vehicles too fast and is it all just too much?                             

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Pressuring Apple For Change

August 14, 2014 1:03 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Apple Inc. announced that it is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of its products as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers. But were they bullied into the decision? 

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The $2B Lawsuit Against PepsiCo, Pinnacle Foods And Quaker Oats

August 12, 2014 1:19 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Two great-grandsons of the woman who once served as the face of Aunt Jemima filed a class action suit seeking royalty back payments.                                 

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IP Network Architecture: Enhancing User-Access Security

August 11, 2014 12:11 pm | by Clark Case

User-access security is critical to safeguard industrial operations, as well to protect the most valuable assets — including intellectual property.                             

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Corporate Offshoring May Take A Hit

August 7, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Shares of Walgreen Co. fell on media reports that the nation's largest drugstore chain will not reincorporate itself overseas — in turn, irritating investors by missing out on the approximately $4 billion it would have saved by moving overseas. But Walgreen isn’t the only U.S. corporation faced with this decision.

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HP: Most IoT Devices Lack Security, Open To Attack

July 31, 2014 3:29 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

A recent study from Hewlett-Packard reveals that 70 percent of Internet of Things (IoT) devices — including sensors and connected infrastructure — are seriously vulnerable to attack.                   

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China’s Meat Scandal And Food Fails

July 24, 2014 12:48 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

This week a Shanghai television station reported that U.S.-owned meat supplier, Husi Food Co., sold expired beef and chicken to McDonald’s and KFC. As the story continues to unfold, it appears more companies have been affected and are breaking ties with Husi. But one company is vowing to stand by them.

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Corporate Marriages: How To Avoid Divorce

July 9, 2014 12:08 pm | by Carlos Ghosn, CEO, Renault-Nissan Alliance

Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn takes a look at why so many joint ventures, partnerships, alliances and mergers fail — especially in the auto industry.   

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Fighting For American Jobs

July 8, 2014 12:21 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

With the U.S. steel market being flooded with imports of pipe from South Korea and other nations, state-side manufacturers are being forced to idle or shutdown factories, putting at risk nearly 600,000 American jobs related to the industry. With so much at stake, Americans are fighting back.

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GM Compensation Plan — The Right Choice?

July 1, 2014 12:04 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

General Motors compensation fund director, attorney Kenneth Feinberg, announced details about the company's plan to compensate victims of the ignition switch recall in lieu of a lawsuit. But is the company making the right decision?     

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Protecting Your Ideas

June 18, 2014 12:23 pm | by Michael Sherban

Small and midsize companies often neglect their most valuable assets — their intellectual property. Failing to properly protect ideas can have negative long-term effects on a company.                   

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Improving In-the-field Maintenance With Mobile Devices

June 17, 2014 12:46 pm | by Jeffrey Dalto

Mobile can help manufacturers by getting information to the person who needs it, allowing and improving communications over distances, and helping to ensure and track compliance. And that’s just for starters.           

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Seattle’s Minimum Wage — The Next Chapter

June 12, 2014 12:48 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Now that Seattle's minimum wage ordinance has passed the city council, the International Franchise Association has filed a federal lawsuit against it for being unfair.                       

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Cheese Makers Upset With FDA Cutting Into Tradition

June 10, 2014 12:56 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

The Food and Drug Administration announced last week that it will not permit American cheese makers to age cheese on wooden boards. While this won’t create a huge problem for large cheese manufacturers like Kraft, it will be a problem for small businesses and artisan cheese makers.

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Hopefully GM Investigation Will Turn Things Around

June 5, 2014 12:38 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

The big news today from General Motors concerns the results of an internal investigation into the company’s slow recall efforts. After firing 15 employees and establishing a compensation program for victims, is it enough?         

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Reviving U.S. Manufacturing

June 4, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mike Collins, Author

America has been a very weak competitor in the game of globalization and has not used its power or legal rights to improve American manufacturing. Here's a look at some key issues facing American manufacturers that need to be addressed with action (not rhetoric).

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Reactions To Seattle’s Unprecedented Minimum Wage Hike

June 3, 2014 12:50 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

The Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday that would give the city the highest minimum wage in the nation — $15 per hour. According to a study by the University of Washington there is debate over whether the wage increase is a smart way to reduce poverty.

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Is The U.S.-Made Moto X Just A Failed Experiment?

June 2, 2014 1:08 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

A year into Google’s attempt to build Motorola smartphones in the U.S., the company finds itself making new plans… to shut the factory down.                               

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Batten Down The Hatches, We’re Under (Cyber)Attack

May 28, 2014 12:51 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

The 12th annual survey of cybercrime trends found that online attackers determined to break into computers, steal information and interfere with business are more technologically advanced than those trying to stop them.         

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The Upstart Industry Riddled With Lawsuits

May 27, 2014 12:39 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

It may seem like a good sign when everyone wants a piece of an emerging product category even before ascertaining its market share. But it’s probably not a good sign when that category is littered with lawsuits.           

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