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China’s Meat Scandal And Food Fails

July 24, 2014 | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Comments

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.   


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.


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?     


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.           


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.                       


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.


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?         


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).


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.


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.                               


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.         


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.           


The Tech Winners And Losers Of The Week

May 23, 2014 10:55 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

This week has been one of tech winners and losers — or at least big announcements where it’s too early to predict the effects.                                 


Mobile Device Trends In The Industrial Sector

May 20, 2014 1:40 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution

The mobile device trend is not just for the consumer sector anymore; buyer demand and employee desire has brought constant connectivity to the B2B space, and the trend only appears to be growing.               


How Consumer IT Trends Are Affecting Manufacturing Software

May 16, 2014 11:51 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research

The “consumerization” of IT is having a significant affect both in how enterprise manufacturing technology is designed, and how organizations are restructuring their IT policies, particularly with respect to device and data access, and user experiences.


Information Superhighway May Become More Of A City Street In Disrepair

May 9, 2014 12:01 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

More than 100 Internet companies sent a letter to the FCC this week calling for the agency to reject FCC chairman Tom Wheeler's open Internet proposal that would create a priority Internet "fast lane."              


Security In Manufacturing: Verizon's 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report Highlights

May 8, 2014 12:02 pm | by Kimberly Knickle, IDC Manufacturing Insights

In the report, Verizon calls 2013 a year of transition from geopolitical attacks to large-scale attacks on payment card systems. While that sounds like good news for manufacturers, it's only mildly comforting.           


What Does ‘Made In America’ Really Mean?

May 6, 2014 12:21 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

Imported products sold in the United States, from clothing to cars, contain far more U.S. parts or other value, and support significantly more American jobs than consumers or policymakers realize.             


Apple v. Samsung Ends Another Round Of Battle

May 5, 2014 12:04 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

In the ongoing feud between Apple and Samsung fueled by patent lawsuits, Apple comes out victorious… well, sort of.                                       


Tech Leaders Team Up To Avoid Another Heartbleed

April 25, 2014 1:12 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

With the recent knowledge that the Heartbleed bug spent two years exploiting vulnerabilities in OpenSSL, the Linux Foundation and other prominent technology companies have announced a collaboration to avoid similar problems from happening again.



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