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What's Really Going On With Port Congestion

February 4, 2015 3:09 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos

Port congestion is reaching new levels as container ships are being forced to wait to berth at anchor off the shore of Los Angeles-Long Beach. While many are assigning the blame to slow or even nonexistent negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association, it is possible that the problems could have a different origin. 

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This is Not Your Grandpa's Buick

February 4, 2015 2:22 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos

The official car of elastic waistbands and white sneakers is attempting to be cool again. Buick unveiled two new cars at the Detroit Auto Show and, surprisingly, they're pretty with it.                   

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Amazon's New Robot Workforce

February 3, 2015 2:34 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos

The Amazon warehouse in Coppell, Texas is far from an average distribution center. This particular warehouse is populated by a fleet of robots, designed to move around the center at speeds faster than any human is capable.        

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Are Families Accepting GM's Compensation Offers?

February 3, 2015 2:16 pm | by CBS News | Videos

This weekend was General Motors' deadline to submit claims for compensation from auto-related deaths and injuries. Ken Feinberg, the man in charge of the compensation fund, discusses how families reacted to the offers extended by GM.     

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Big Vans, Small Market

February 3, 2015 1:51 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos

James R. Healey breaks down the big differences in the big van market and what manufacturers are doing to stand out.                                       

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Obama Proposes $3.99 Trillion Budget for 2016

February 2, 2015 3:27 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos

President Obama has unveiled his new budget proposal — all $3.99 trillion of it. According to the President, the goal of the new budget is to be “practical, not partisan.”                       

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Will Oil’s Big Decline Drag Down Other Commodities?

February 2, 2015 3:07 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos

Michael Shaoul, chairman and CEO at Marketfield Asset Management, talks about commodities in light of the decline in oil prices.                                   

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Ford CFO: F-150 Assembly Going 'Extremely Well'

January 30, 2015 2:17 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos

Bob Shanks, chief financial officer of Ford Motor Co., talks about the automaker's profit and sales outlook, the aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup truck, the performance of the company's European unit and the impact of currencies on competition from Asia.

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New Safety Reports Show Cars are Safer Than Ever Before

January 29, 2015 2:38 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos

With all the news of recalls it is understandable that some would believe that cars are not as safe as they used to be. However, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is here to say that those concerns are actually quite unfounded, and cars are safer now than they have ever been. 

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General Motors President Talks New Strategy and Outlook

January 29, 2015 2:22 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos

Dan Ammann, president of GM, talks about the outlook for global sales, vehicle safety and the automaker's business strategy with Tom Keene of Bloomberg Business at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.       

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Ford’s Focus on Driving Innovation

January 28, 2015 2:09 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos

When it comes to the auto industry, you've got to innovate or risk being left behind. Ford isn’t about to get lost in the shuffle as it continues to move forward on modernizing its vehicles.                  

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Thought Leaders: How Much Money is Tied Up in Your Inventory?

January 28, 2015 9:26 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Videos

If there’s one thing the Great Recession taught manufacturers, it’s that there are wasted dollars hiding everywhere. According to Grainger, some of the sweetest low hanging fruit for a cost conscious company is actually in your MRO inventory… and a lack of understanding of how quickly (or slowly) this inventory turns can result in a significant number of operating dollars being tied up at any given time.

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Has Beretta Manufactured the Army's Next Gun?

January 27, 2015 3:17 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos

The U.S. Army is in the market for a new standard issue handgun. The standard issue handgun has been the Beretta M9 since 1985 and the Army is opening the door to competitors to present their concepts.             

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Can a 3D Printed Car Change the Industry?

January 27, 2015 2:23 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos

Local Motors showed off its Strati 3D printed car in Detroit this year with plans to begin selling it later this year. If we’re all to believe the hype, 3D printed vehicles could play a role in the future of the auto industry. But some challenges remain before they can go mainstream.

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Cars.com Announces the Best Car of the Year

January 26, 2015 3:20 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos

Every year, automakers roll out about 70 new or redesigned cars. Cars.com spends hundreds of hours test driving these cars. They pick six top cars, but only one can win Cars.com's Best of 2015 Award.               

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Manufacturer Spends Annual Ad Budget on One Ad

January 26, 2015 3:16 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos

This year, the cost of a thirty second Super Bowl ad is approximately $4.5 million, $500,000 more than last year. While this price tag would be a deterrent for many, one manufacturer is willing to spend their entire year's advertising budget for the exposure.

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Branson's Futuristic Vision to Get Internet to Everyone

January 23, 2015 12:14 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos

Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson shares his vision of how Virgin Galactic will launch satellites to help connect the three billion people in the world who don't have internet access.                 

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Famous Portland Bread Goes National

January 23, 2015 12:07 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos

Going against the gluten-free fad, Portland, Oregon-based Dave's Killer Bread has gained legions of fans for its seeded, nutritious sandwich lovers. Now it has plans to expand to every state in the U.S. by the end of 2015.       

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A Solar Plane to Circumnavigate the Globe

January 22, 2015 3:08 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos

Two pilots hope to make aviation history in the coming weeks by circumnavigating the globe in a plane powered entirely by solar panels. This feat will not only mean going down in history books, but it will also mark a starting point for greener alternatives in aviation.

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Robotics: The Latest Davos Buzzword

January 22, 2015 2:26 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos

In addition to the Swiss Franc and the ECB, what else is being talked about at Davos? Robotics and AI have been taking some interest, so here's the low down of what to keep an eye out for this year.               

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