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Amazon's Web Services Boosts 1Q Revenue

April 24, 2015 10:15 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Strong demand for cloud computing services helped Amazon's revenue jump 15 percent in the first quarter.

U.S. Postal Service Considering Drone Fleet

April 23, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Postal Service could be looking to add drones to its delivery fleet in coming years....

Feds OK Test Flights For Amazon Drones

April 13, 2015 9:26 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Amazon.com will be able to test its new drone delivery service in U.S. airspace after all.

Analysts Upgrade Lumber Liquidators Following Flooring Tests

April 7, 2015 9:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Financial analysts improved their forecast for embattled Lumber Liquidators after tests showed...

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Amazon Gets FAA Certificate To Experiment With Drones

March 20, 2015 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration says it has issued online retailer Amazon a certificate to experiment with unmanned aircraft for research, development and crew training.

Jelly Belly To Move Distribution Center From Wisconsin To Tennessee

March 12, 2015 10:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Candy company Jelly Belly will leave Wisconsin after 14 years and shift its distribution operation to Tennessee, according to reports.

A Shoe's Eye View Of Material Handling

March 4, 2015 11:28 am | by Chris Capsaw & Bob Liebe | Articles | Comments

Just like a bespoke pair of shoes, the material handling industry is growing ever-more customized. Customer demands are changing, so the supply chain must adjust accordingly.

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For Many In U.S., Cash Saved At Gas Pump Is Staying In Pockets

February 18, 2015 10:13 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Even though Americans spent $6.7 billion less at gas stations in January than they had two months earlier, the extra cash didn't get spent anywhere else: Retail sales, excluding gas, fell slightly from November to January.

McCain Seeks To Open U.S. Domestic Routes To Foreign Ships

February 6, 2015 12:09 pm | by Kevin Freking, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sen. John McCain, who seems to revel in the occasional lonely crusade, is now taking on America's maritime industry and the longstanding law barring foreign-built ships from transporting goods within the United States.         

West Coast Port Employers: Shutdown Could Be Days Away

February 5, 2015 10:02 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

West Coast seaports could shut down in as soon as five days — hobbling U.S. trade with Asia — if dockworkers and their employers cannot reach a new contract, the head of a maritime association warned Wednesday in remarks intended to pressure an agreement after nine months of negotiations.

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 customers — has been a largely intuitive process, relying on ‘hip pocket’ estimates, lacking in visibility and accountability, and too often isolated from central enterprise supply chain planning.

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Labor Dispute At Ports Could Hamper Railroads

January 27, 2015 11:43 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

A months-long contract dispute at ports along the West Coast could spill thousands of miles inland, where two rail companies are raising concerns about shipping complications.                     

Obama: More 'Made In America' Products Heading To India

January 26, 2015 1:17 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

During his visit to India, President Obama unveiled plans to create jobs and boost the economic partnership between the U.S. and India.                                 

Ford Mustang Goes Global With First Shipment To China

January 21, 2015 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ford Mustang is on its way to China.                                                            

New Rules Could Open Cuba To Wide Range Of American Trade

January 16, 2015 12:46 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The Obama administration's new guidelines regarding relations with Cuba take effect today, potentially opening the Caribbean nation to a wide range of American products.                       

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.   

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Navigating Risk And Change In Surface Transport Markets

December 12, 2014 9:35 am | by IBISWorld Procurement Analyst, Hayden Shipp | News | Comments

As surface transportation markets have grown in importance to a range of businesses, they have begun to change in dramatic ways that are making carriers’ capacity, availability and adherence to shipping schedules more uncertain.       

Anheuser-Busch Sues Over Beer Distribution

October 22, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the largest beer brewers in the country is suing Kentucky to force the approval of a distributor's license.                                       

Why Oil Price Drop Could Squeeze U.S. Economy

October 14, 2014 9:56 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

If you're a driver, a shipper, or an airline, low oil prices sure feel nice. But there are downsides to the recent plunge in oil prices — for the oil industry and for the economy.                     

5 Ways Mobile Field Service Management Can Help Dealers Sell More

October 10, 2014 11:23 am | by Johnny Jones | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers who’ve encouraged the use of mobile field service management applications have helped their dealers generate more revenue, increase profitability — and sell more equipment.                   

Mexico's Junk Food Taxes Hitting Pepsi, Coke

October 9, 2014 1:22 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Recent declines suffered by Pepsi and Coke in Mexico underscore why the beverage industry is fighting tax proposals on sugary drinks in in San Francisco and nearby Berkeley.                      

Pepsi's True Move To e-Commerce

October 2, 2014 1:20 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Pepsi is launching a new line of naturally sweetened soda, exclusively through Amazon — a big move in an industry that has lagged in e-commerce.                               

Value-CADed

May 21, 2014 3:45 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | News | Comments

The latest partnership for electronics component giant Digi-Key reinforces the trend of distributors working to enhance their value and distinguish themselves from the competition with unique, service-oriented offerings… including software.

Amazon Counterfeiting Concerns

May 15, 2014 12:09 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A Wall Street Journal report is raising concerns that some products sold by the company are knock-offs. Vinita Nair reports on how counterfeits slip into the system, and why companies feel it hurts their brand.           

Amazon Tests Its Own Delivery Service

April 28, 2014 1:02 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | News | Comments

According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon is testing a delivery service that will, in effect, circumvent the need for third party carriers like UPS and FedEx.                         

Pounding The Pavement To Get Big Deals

March 12, 2014 9:59 am | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The truth is there's no magic that gets a small business a deal with big companies. It takes good old-fashioned pavement pounding.                                   

Q&A: How Amazon Could Change B2B

February 19, 2014 10:20 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Amazon recently announced a new branch called AmazonSupply that aims to take on the role that industrial distributors have been doing for decades — supplying much-needed parts or MRO products to manufacturers in a timely, regular fashion. For manufacturers, it’s an intriguing new possibility.

Don’t Risk Total Product Recall

February 18, 2014 10:16 am | by Ira Dannenberg, Vice President of R&D – Food Division, VAI | Articles | Comments

In 2013, the FDA introduced new standards to ensure the public health of perishable food products that are being shipped, tracked and delivered. While the end result improves public safety and health, these standards present challenges for food distributors to ensure they have FDA-compliant processes, plans and technologies in place to avoid product recalls and fines.

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