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The World Of ME-Commerce

January 28, 2015 12:22 pm | by Derek Rickard | Articles | Comments

Automation levels the playing field for goods-to-person distribution against the mobile and electronic commerce explosion.                                     

Sales Channel Visibility Improves Manufacturing And Inventory Planning

January 27, 2015 11:59 am | by Dan Blacharski | Articles | Comments

Managing extended sales channels — the distributors and resellers who deliver products to end...

How A ‘Digital Twin’ Can Warrant Products Are Built As Designed

January 26, 2015 12:12 pm | by Dr. Michael Grieves | Articles | Comments

Much has been written about the process of transferring the digital rendered designs to the shop...

Assessing Your Risk For A Cyber Breach & Minimizing The Fallout

January 23, 2015 11:38 am | by Jay Shelton | Articles | Comments

A staggering 43 percent of U.S. companies have experienced a data breach in the last year...

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Manufacturers Merge Customer Service Components Into The Lifecycles Of Their Products

January 21, 2015 12:42 pm | by Larry Korak | Articles | Comments

Establishing new customer engagement opportunities is a top priority for manufacturers who are looking to build brand loyalty plus meet the expectations of the highly demanding Millennial consumer.               

5 Tips For Remaining Discreet In The Digital World

January 20, 2015 11:04 am | by Mark Sell | Articles | Comments

Today’s social media age has led consumers to embrace companies that are straightforward and explicit in all external communications. However, logistics companies that handle sensitive commodities must be savvy with their communication strategy in order to preserve customers’ privacy and security.

7 Key Questions To Ask Before The 2015 GHS Deadline

January 14, 2015 11:48 am | by Deborah Grant | Articles | Comments

As the impending OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) deadline of June 15, 2015 approaches, businesses are faced with the urgent need to define their strategy for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Here are 7 key questions related to these challenges that organizations need to ask in moving forward with a GHS initiative.

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Playing Well With Retailers: Frictionless D2C Ecommerce For Manufacturers

January 13, 2015 1:23 pm | by Ranga Bodla | Articles | Comments

Frictionless D2C ecommerce represents the best way forward for manufacturers to take advantage of the ever-increasing growth of online sales while still maintaining that sales through their existing retail partners aren’t negatively impacted.   

Q&A: Communications On The Factory Floor

January 12, 2015 1:05 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Mike Lanciloti, vice president of product management and marketing at Colorado-based Spectralink, discusses why purpose-built devices might be better than smartphones to run a successful manufacturing business.           

Call On Threat Intelligence To Secure Your Organization

January 7, 2015 12:03 pm | by Jeff Multz | Articles | Comments

You may wish you had a crystal ball to see what cyber threats are headed your way, but there’s something far more reliable. Threat intelligence provides you with true evidence of current-day threats that have already been spotted hitting organizations like yours.

8 Factor Assessment For Business Success

January 7, 2015 10:12 am | by CMMI Institute | News | Comments

New online tool delivers organizational health check for companies to self-assess business capability.                                           

Debunking The Top 4 Margin-Killing Myths Of B2B Pricing

January 6, 2015 11:59 am | by Barrett Thompson | Articles | Comments

B2B companies want to maximize their margins, improve profit performance and increase shareholder value, but few manufacturers are leveraging the power of pricing to achieve these objectives.                 

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Omni-Channel: To Cloud Or Not To Cloud?

January 5, 2015 12:58 pm | by Diego Pantoja-Navajas | Articles | Comments

With mobile and eCommerce on the rise, omni-channel fulfillment is becoming more and more important. Ready or not, businesses and their supply chains need to move at the speed of the internet to keep up.             

U.S. Reshoring: Real Shift In Production Or Just A Fantasy Future?

December 16, 2014 1:15 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

With all the news and stories about U.S. manufacturing in the midst of a reshoring drive, a new report looks at the real numbers behind the push to bring production back to our shores.                   

5 Challenges To Cybersecurity In The New Year

December 16, 2014 12:49 pm | by Karl Volkman | Articles | Comments

It’s been a tough year for those battling cybersecurity threats and data breaches. From Target and Home Depot to JP Morgan Chase and Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2014 reminded business executives and consumers that nobody is invincible when it comes to cybercrimes.

Report: Cloud Driving Global Business Transformation, Improving Customer Alignment

December 16, 2014 10:04 am | by KPMG LLP | News | Comments

New data from the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP, show the increased use of cloud technology by global business to better connect with their employees and customers.                     

7 Tips For Bridging The Digital Gap

December 15, 2014 12:18 pm | by Krishnan Ramanujam | Articles | Comments

Simply installing new technology is not enough. To get a return on their investments, manufacturers need to put a business framework in place to support them. That requires transforming how they do business.             

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3 Tips For Mid-Market Companies Seeking To Implement Big Data

December 12, 2014 11:21 am | by Kevin Beasley, CIO at VAI | Articles | Comments

By following larger corporations’ lead, mid-market companies can leverage their existing big data to increase revenue and improve customer relationships.                           

Tech Summit Addresses Industry's Lack Of Diversity

December 11, 2014 9:41 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work.             

Learn How Big Data And Analytics Are Driving Operational Excellence For A&D Manufacturers And Suppliers

December 10, 2014 12:40 pm | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

New technologies can be daunting, particularly in Aerospace and Defense manufacturing. With such a high value attached to data security and production downtime, manufacturers need to make sure that the potential rewards of new technologies are worth the inherent risks. Find out how today’s technologies are eliminating these risks and accelerating operational excellence in leading A&D companies.  

Manufacturers Need An ERP As Unique As Their Business

December 10, 2014 12:11 pm | by Ranga Bodla | Articles | Comments

No two companies are alike, and their ERP systems shouldn't be either. Manufacturing has uniquely complex processes and workflows that require functionality a vanilla ERP application can't provide. While some ERP vendors might suggest that it's best to conform to their ERP application's practices, in fact, the ERP software should be adaptable to the customer.

Picturing & Realizing Growth

December 9, 2014 12:06 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing solutions provider and systems integrator Optimation Technology is bringing new and innovative elements to its historic Rochester location, similar to the former tenant of its current facility — Kodak.          

The Importance Of Testing IT Readiness And Strong Backup Plans

December 8, 2014 11:39 am | by Chris Cooley | Articles | Comments

Every manufacturer recognizes that its IT network and application infrastructure get more complex every day. At the same time, pressure mounts to make sure that critical IT projects run smoothly, are cost-effective and provide a higher-than-ever ROI. Manufacturers also know that disruptions and outages are inevitable — and they understand the costs when a disaster strikes.

The ABC’s Of VMI (Vendor Managed Inventory)

December 3, 2014 12:53 pm | by Tariq Choudry | Articles | Comments

We all know the that the goal of Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) is to provide a mutually beneficial relationship where both sides will be able to more smoothly and accurately control the availability and flow of goods. But how many of us are confident we’re actually doing it right?

Hershey Explores Removal Of Corn Syrup

December 3, 2014 10:52 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Hershey is looking at replacing the high-fructose corn syrup in some of its products with sugar.                                            

Develop Design And Implementation Guide For Deploying Wireless Enterprise Equipment

December 3, 2014 9:28 am | by Rockwell Automation & Cisco | News | Comments

Rockwell Automation and Cisco announced the release of a white paper and design and implementation guide. The detailed design guidance will help control system engineers, IT network engineers, and system integrators implement standard, IP-based wireless networks in a more robust, secure and scalable way.

More U.S. CEOs Plan To Increase Hiring In Next 6 Months

December 2, 2014 1:05 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Chief executives at the largest U.S. companies expect sales to keep growing in the next six months and also plan to step up hiring.                                  

Now Is The Time For Manufacturers To Fast-Track Equipment Acquisition

December 1, 2014 12:39 pm | by Peter K. Bullen | Articles | Comments

Whether a manufacturer’s objective is to optimize tax savings or enhance cash flow — or both — an in-depth analysis of equipment is necessary. Assessing current and future asset needs in the form of a lease vs. buy analysis will help determine whether a lease or loan is the best alternative.

Forget 'Made In China,' It's All About Philadelphia Now

November 21, 2014 4:09 pm | by Kip Anthony | Articles | Comments

Once known as the “Workshop of the World” Philadelphia is looking at a comeback, especially as investments abroad don't look as rosy as they used to.                             

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