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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...

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...

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...

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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.     

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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.                         

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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.

Reindustrialization: Reshoring Jobs To The U.S.

June 19, 2014 3:50 pm | by Dan North | Articles | Comments

The U.S. has among the lowest labor costs in the industrialized world and is awash in cheap energy, making it attractive for businesses to reshore by bringing their operations back to the U.S.                 

Industry Agrees To Ban 'Microbeads'

June 19, 2014 11:48 am | by John Flesher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists in Illinois expected a battle royal over their call for a statewide ban on "microbeads" — tiny bits of plastic used in personal care products such as facial scrubs and toothpaste that are flowing by the billions into the Great Lakes and other waterways.

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Opening A Window To Linux Virtual Server Hosting

June 18, 2014 12:33 pm | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

In the belief that simpler is better, small and midsize manufacturers are increasingly turning to Linux virtual server hosting. But in order for manufacturers to determine if this type of hosting is the appropriate solution for their specific needs, it’s necessary to understand how it works.

Protecting Your Ideas

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

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.                   

Taking Action From Analytics

June 17, 2014 1:32 pm | by Pradeep Amladi | Articles | Comments

Practical advice for using data analytics to make smarter manufacturing decisions and add value.                                            

Scheduling Your Way To Customer Service Success

June 16, 2014 11:58 am | by Danna Nelson | Articles | Comments

Customer relationships suffer when manufacturers can’t deliver on time. When companies promise a delivery, and that promise is broken, customers start to doubt future orders.                     

Food Companies Working With Farmers On Sustainability

June 12, 2014 12:59 pm | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Companies including Walmart, Coca-Cola, General Mills, and Unilever have taken steps to work with suppliers on environmental improvements, a new report says, but added that measurable goals and firm deadlines are necessary to make real improvements.

Cargill To Change Hog Housing

June 10, 2014 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company said it will eliminate individual stalls for sows and use only group housing by the end of next year. The company also says it will require farms with which it contracts to use group housing by the end of 2017.        

Radically Reshaping Manufacturing

June 5, 2014 12:51 pm | by McKinsey & Company | Videos | Comments

McKinsey director Katy George, global co-leader of the manufacturing group, explains next-shoring and makes the argument that companies must view their manufacturing process as an ecosystem that needs to be optimized from the supply base to the consumer. 

Software Integration With Hardware Crucial For Manufacturing

May 30, 2014 10:52 am | by Kevin Prendeville | Articles | Comments

Why does this integration matter? In a word, money. Research and development investments for high-tech companies, which include product development, can represent 20 percent of revenues annually. Late product launches can cost a high-tech firm 10 percent of its profits over multiple years.

Offshoring More Costly Than Many Companies Think

May 23, 2014 11:23 am | by MIT Sloan School of Management | News | Comments

Using a new finance tool, an MIT professor shows how the mismatch costs that result from extending the supply chain may well be higher than the lower cost offered by the offshore supplier, leading to reduced profits.         

Why The Cloud?

May 21, 2014 12:18 pm | by John Papageorge | Articles | Comments

More strategically minded mid-sized manufacturers have long recognized that better data management can make them more competitive. Connected data is providing easy access to a global supply chain while driving down the cost of going from concept to shipping product.

Obama Hosting CEOs Whose Firms Are Investing In U.S.

May 20, 2014 10:31 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is hosting executives from 11 foreign and U.S.-based companies that have chosen to open new plants or relocate overseas operations in the United States. The gathering Tuesday is designed to illustrate growing interest in the United States by firms capable of creating high-paying jobs.

Manufacturers Need To Change The Way They Think About Their IT

May 19, 2014 12:56 pm | by Robert Bates & John D'Souza, Wipro Technologies | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers today continue to have a project-based approach when it comes to IT. This approach, often practiced and most easily managed under project P&Ls, is not able to achieve the macro objectives of an organization.       

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