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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'...

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...

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...

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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.

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.                                 

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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.   

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.                                       

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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.

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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.

Big Lots Steps In As Hostess Thrift Outlet

February 11, 2014 3:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Big Lots is now the official thrift outlet for Twinkies and other Hostess snack cakes.                                               

Wholesale Evolution

February 4, 2014 10:14 am | by Ranga Bodla, Director of Industry Marketing, Manufacturing W/D | Articles | Comments

As markets evolve, distribution companies need to innovate around customers, analytics and supply networks. To survive and thrive in the brave new world, many wholesale distribution companies need a wholesale evolution.       

Creating The Future Of Packaging

January 3, 2014 10:29 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Ecovative Design, a company in Green Island, NY, turns agricultural waste and mushroom fibers into a styrofoam packaging replacement.                                 

German Firm Testing Drones To Deliver Goods

December 9, 2013 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's express delivery and mail company Deutsche Post DHL is testing a drone that could be used to deliver urgently needed goods to hard-to-reach places.                           

Amazon Sees Delivery Drones As Future

December 2, 2013 3:39 pm | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Amazon.com said it's working on the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project in its research and development labs. But the company says it will take years to advance the technology and for the Federal Aviation Administration to create the necessary rules and regulations.

Survey Finds Third-Party Logistics CEOs Project Growth

October 21, 2013 2:27 pm | by Penske Logistics | News | Comments

The 20th Annual Survey of Third-Party Logistics Provider CEOs, sponsored by Penske Logistics, revealed that despite a slow economy, North American CEOs have their sights set on growth, expecting their companies to increase revenues by an average of 14.6 percent over the next three years. 

Low Labor And Energy Costs To Fuel A U.S. Export Surge

August 21, 2013 9:39 am | by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) | News | Comments

Some of the biggest gains in U.S. exports due to a widening U.S. production-cost advantage over leading Western European nations and Japan are likely to be seen in chemicals, machinery, and transportation equipment, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

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