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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.

How 1 U.S. Factory Owner Fought Cheap Imports

August 20, 2014 9:25 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Much of U.S. manufacturing has been decimated in the past decade by less expensive imports from...

Increasing Manufacturing Employee Numbers In The U.S.

August 19, 2014 1:02 pm | by The Aspen Institute | Videos | Comments

Snap-on Incorporated Chairman and CEO Nicholas T. Pinchuk talks about growing the number of...

What Better Quoting Means For Manufacturers

August 19, 2014 12:36 pm | by Jacques Soumeillan | Articles | Comments

Customers want products and services specifically tailored to their needs and priced expressly...

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Protecting Data With Password Managers

August 18, 2014 1:09 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

After a series of recent cyber-security breaches it's more important than ever to secure your online accounts. Remembering unique passwords can be difficult, so Marlie Hall looks at how a password manager can help.           

7 Ways To Manage Inventory With Specialized Delivery Services

August 15, 2014 11:27 am | by Will Bacon | Articles | Comments

Here's a look at the seven ways manufacturers can partner with suppliers to reduce their inventory and streamline their logistics and market planning for advanced delivery.                       

Apple Bans Use Of 2 Chemicals In Product Assembly

August 14, 2014 9:32 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices.           

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Kellogg Wants Suppliers To Report Carbon Emissions

August 14, 2014 9:26 am | by John Flesher, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Kellogg said Wednesday it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly.                     

Investing In America’s Manufacturing Future

August 13, 2014 1:34 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

U.S. Senators Chris Coons’ (D-Del.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), announced a bipartisan bill designed to help schools strengthen their engineering programs to meet the growing demands of 21st century manufacturing. Will it work?       

Past Is Present: The History Of Remote Monitoring

August 13, 2014 11:54 am | by Spencer Cramer | Articles | Comments

In the packaging industry, operators on the line can anticipate potential issues and prevent stoppages in a wide range of applications, including material handling, filling and labeling. Stoppages create costly downtime and waste, which can erode end users’ bottom line. 

Could Consumers End Outsourcing?

August 13, 2014 11:43 am | by Alan Nicol | Blogs | Comments

When quality or value does not appear to make a difference in consumer decision-making, manufacturers cut costs and assume the risks to quality. But consumers are aware of this phenomenon, and it may be that value, not price, is once again rising to the surface as the primary decision factor.

Using Social Media In The Supply Chain

August 6, 2014 12:50 pm | by Ed Rusch | Articles | Comments

Social media brings businesses closer to their customers, provides a platform for communication and building thought leadership, and when executed properly it can help drive business and provide a significant return on investment.     

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Hosting QuickBooks: It All Adds Up For Manufacturers — And Their Accounting Firms

July 31, 2014 4:40 pm | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

Rather than restricting access to an office computer, or taking a laptop on the road to visit clients, QuickBooks cloud hosting ensures that the software and hardware is managed, backed up and always available via the Internet.       

Ethical Practices Take Back Seat To Price, Say Purchasers

July 31, 2014 2:51 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Eighty percent of consumers believe it is important for companies and brands to behave ethically, however the most significant factors when shopping are price, value and quality.                     

Birkenstock CEO On The Sandals' Resurgence

July 24, 2014 12:59 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

This summer's fashion "must have" isn't so new at all. Birkenstocks are back and bigger than ever. Birkenstock USA managing director and CEO David Kahan discusses the revival of the classic footwear.               

Fiat Denies VW Merger Talks

July 17, 2014 1:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A report says VW was interested in acquiring Chrysler to help it improve its struggling footing in the U.S. Volkswagen has often expressed interest in Fiat's sporty brand Alfa Romeo.                   

Obtaining Facility-Wide Energy Intelligence Data Is Easier Than You Think

July 16, 2014 12:26 pm | by Allison Parker | Articles | Comments

Recognizing the ever-increasing impact high energy usage has on facility budgets and corporate sustainability agendas, facility managers and engineers are focusing on facility-wide energy management.               

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Obama Wants Companies To Pay Suppliers Faster

July 11, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dozens of companies, including Apple, Honda and Coca-Cola, have agreed to pay their suppliers more quickly in a bid to boost small businesses, the White House announced Friday.                     

Corporate Marriages: How To Avoid Divorce

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

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.   

Purchase Order Management Must Go Way Beyond Simply Tracking Purchase Orders

July 9, 2014 12:01 pm | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

Successful manufacturers need to keep track of inventory from the moment it's ordered from the supplier to the moment it is delivered to their customer.                            

For Manufacturers, No Time Like The Present For Exchange Server Hosting

July 8, 2014 12:02 pm | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

A dedicated, remotely hosted Exchange Server enables companies to save money on the cost of ownership and administration. And it comes with a significant dividend: the ability to redeploy IT staff for other projects and initiatives.     

Streamlining Operations And Improving Plant Efficiency

July 2, 2014 1:24 pm | by West Monroe | Videos | Comments

See how Hopewell Logistics has streamlined operations and improved efficiency, by virtually 20 percent, while leveraging a Warehouse Management System (WMS) and a discrete labor management tool.                

Adaptive Process Control Delivers Greater Profit

July 2, 2014 1:20 pm | by Robert Golightly | Articles | Comments

Model-based predictive control techniques have become a pragmatic choice in the industrial world. While there have been significant benefits with sustained value tools they have not been able to solve the whole problem in an integrated, systematic way.

ISM: Manufacturing On Solid Ground Heading Into Second Half Of 2014

July 2, 2014 12:30 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in June for the 13th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 61st consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

The Knowledge Management Opportunity In Manufacturing: INO’s Success Story

July 2, 2014 12:18 pm | by Pierre Bergeron | Articles | Comments

Institut National D’Optique realized that it needed a better way to share critical knowledge and information across teams, to ensure an accurate, consolidated view of all information, in near real-time, and get new employees up to speed quickly in order to be efficient.

New Recalls Raise Questions About Auto Parts Safety

July 1, 2014 1:07 pm | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

The ignition switch recalls now engulfing General Motors and Chrysler are raising new questions about the safety of the parts across the American auto industry.                         

GM Compensation Plan — The Right Choice?

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

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?     

IaaS: Increasingly, The Smart Choice For Growing Manufacturers

June 30, 2014 12:32 pm | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

Specialized offerings not only make IaaS providers more competitive and differentiated, they give manufacturers greater choice — a true win-win.                               

General Mills To Cut Costs After Sales Fall

June 25, 2014 12:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Minneapolis-based company, which has been struggling to boost its cereal and yogurt sales, said it is looking to reduce overhead costs and that it has started a formal review of its North American manufacturing and distribution network to streamline operations.

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