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Supply Chains, Big Data And Advanced Analytics

August 28, 2014 2:47 pm | by Dr. Jeff Karrenbauer | Articles | Comments

More and more these days we are hearing about big data challenges and opportunities. So what exactly is big data and why should supply chain professionals care about the idea?                     

Top 5 Solutions To Common Inventory Management Mistakes

August 28, 2014 11:14 am | by Fishbowl | Videos | Comments

As Fishbowl inventory management specialists have gone to different businesses to train them on...

Three Keys To Great Warehouse Management

August 27, 2014 2:05 pm | by Tim Garcia, CEO at Apptricity | Articles | Comments

After years of contraction, stagnation and only modest growth, senior business executives who...

Ford Begins Plant Revamp For Aluminum F-150 Pickups

August 26, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Toronto Star | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. has begun an eight-week closure of its Dearborn, Mich., F-150 pickup plant to...

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Much Ado About Trends In Distribution

August 26, 2014 1:03 pm | by David Frentzel | Articles | Comments

Don’t underestimate supply chain management's importance — because if your company can’t find a way deliver the goods (or raw materials) to customers consistently, reliably and cost-effectively, there’s probably a competitor waiting in the wings that can.  

Is Burger King's 33 Year-Old CEO Paving The Way For Younger Execs?

August 26, 2014 12:40 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

It used to be that when it comes to effectively running a company, years of experience generally trumps all else. But as younger Millennials edge into corporate leadership, does that experience matter anymore?           

Kentucky Peerless Distillery Joins The Bourbon Trend In Louisville

August 25, 2014 12:05 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Corky Taylor, with Kentucky Peerless Distillery Company, talks about the business.                                                

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Putting A Performance Management Paradigm Into Place

August 25, 2014 11:58 am | by Stew Baillie | Articles | Comments

Performance management is the systematic process by which an organization improves its effectiveness in the accomplishment of its goals and objectives. While those goals and objectives can vary, for all organizations the ultimate metric that matters is the bottom line.

4 Factors Driving The Emergence Of Digital Manufacturing

August 25, 2014 11:43 am | by Maria Montenegro, Verizon Enterprise Solutions | Articles | Comments

With the continual rise of the Internet and mobile economies, manufacturers need to be able to make production decisions on the spot by leveraging the latest supply chain information at their fingertips.             

Hostess Closing Bakery That Created The Twinkie

August 21, 2014 1:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hostess Brands plans to close the suburban Chicago bakery where the Twinkie was invented in 1930, cutting 400 jobs and shuttering a piece of American baking history.                         

The Factory Of The Future Will Be Shaped By The Internet Of Things

August 20, 2014 12:47 pm | by Andrew Dugenske and Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology | Articles | Comments

In a not-too-distant future, manufacturing will be expected to incorporate “intelligence readiness” in all products as society will progressively be relying on an IoT-supported infrastructure.               

How Much Do Fantasy Football And Other Timewasters Cost Employers?

August 20, 2014 12:10 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Blogs | Comments

With the majority of the 26 million fantasy footballers congregating in person or online for their league draft, now is a good time to re-examine the impact that fantasy sports, as well as social media timewasters, have on the workplace.   

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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 China, but it didn't necessarily have to be that way, according to a compelling new book by journalist Beth Macy.           

4 At Slaughterhouse Behind Beef Recall Indicted

August 19, 2014 1:16 pm | by Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Northern California slaughterhouse involved in a massive beef recall processed cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks and later distributed the diseased cattle, according to federal charges announced Monday.   

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 for them. This makes managing your bottom line tougher than ever, especially when you’re up against forces like a sagging market economy and aggressive competitors.

Distributing Computing Resources Closer To The Decision Point

August 18, 2014 1:01 pm | by Andy Banathy | Articles | Comments

Internal and external factors — namely plant optimization and regulation compliance — are driving plants to bring more industrial computing resources onto the plant floor.                       

Report Shows Adoption Of M2M On The Rise

August 15, 2014 9:32 am | by Vodafone | News | Comments

The study finds that M2M adoption has increased by more than 80 percent globally in the last year and predicts that more than half of companies in the Americas will implement M2M by 2016.                  

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Pressuring Apple For Change

August 14, 2014 1:03 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Apple Inc. announced that it is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of its products as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers. But were they bullied into the decision? 

IoT Manufacturing Insight With Intel And National Instruments

August 14, 2014 12:39 pm | by Intel | Videos | Comments

Ray Almgren, National Instruments’ vice president of marketing, and Jim Robinson, general manager of Intel’s IoT Group, explore what customers are looking for from IoT and how its implementation drives business transformation.     

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. 

GM Manufacturing Integrates Laser Scanning, Google Glass

August 12, 2014 11:30 am | by Autoline Network | Videos | Comments

Cathy Clegg, vice president of North American GM Manufacturing, talks to John McElroy about some of the innovative processes GM is using to improve its manufacturing operations.                  

Judge Won't Block Utah 'Ag-Gag' Challenge

August 11, 2014 9:19 am | by Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has refused to toss out the country's first lawsuit challenging an "ag-gag" law that criminalizes undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and factory farms.                     

FDA Says Georgia Plant Waited To Disclose Salmonella

August 8, 2014 9:06 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officers at a Georgia peanut plant took five days to disclose that lab tests found salmonella in some of their products, despite repeated questioning from on-site inspectors rushing to find the source of a deadly national outbreak, a federal investigator testified Thursday.

Manufacturer Limits Employee Bathroom Breaks

August 7, 2014 12:44 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Union employees for a Chicago faucet company file a complaint about 6 minute bathroom breaks.                                             

Bill On West Blast Would Delay New Rules

August 6, 2014 9:24 am | by Paul J. Weber and Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people last year is unlikely to meaningfully change regulatory or safety rules in Texas until at least 2016 under the latest bill offered Tuesday by lawmakers tasked with scrutinizing the blast.

Low Carbon Manufacturing At Land Rover USA

August 4, 2014 8:12 am | by Land Rover USA | Videos | Comments

Learn how Jaguar Land Rover's low carbon engine manufacturing plant at Wolverhampton aims to use the best possible technologies to reduce environmental impacts.                         

Connecting Internet of Everything, One Line At A Time

July 30, 2014 4:52 pm | by Chet Namboodri & Patrick Gilbert | Articles | Comments

From connected energy to more efficient hospitals to smart cities, the Internet of Everything (IoE) is producing real, transformative results. Amongst industries, manufacturing has the most potential for growth and development by connecting the unconnected.

Cloud Applications, A Challenge For Both User And Access Control

July 30, 2014 12:40 pm | by Dean Wiech | Articles | Comments

For an IT department, working with cloud applications and their providers can present a number of new challenges. Where the IT department previously took a facilitating role, it is now transitioning to a coordinating role. In addition, it can be significantly more difficult to control user and access privileges in cloud applications.

Ocean Spray Worker Dies In Fall Through Skylight

July 29, 2014 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say a Nevada man is dead after falling through a skylight at the Ocean Spray fruit juice distribution center where he worked.                                 

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