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Sales Channel Visibility Improves Manufacturing and Inventory Planning

January 29, 2015 9:36 am | by Dan Blacharski | Articles | Comments

When accurate, near real-time channel data is not abundantly available, sales and inventory fall one or two steps behind true customer demand. And there can be devastating results — including poor channel intelligence, delayed incentive payments or overpayments, and occasional massive write-offs caused by excess inventory stuck in the supply chain.

Obama Administration Asks Senate Panel for Trade Negotiation Authority

January 27, 2015 2:01 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The White House's top trade official said Congress should update laws regulating trade...

Labor Dispute at Ports Could Hamper Railroads

January 27, 2015 9:58 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A months-long contract dispute at ports along the West Coast could spill thousands of miles...

10 Key Initiatives to Drive Value From Supply Chain Networks in 2015

January 26, 2015 2:51 pm | by Elemica | Articles | Comments

Elemica, a Supply Chain Operating Network provider for the process industries, offers ten top...

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Falling Grain Prices Hit Farm Equipment Manufacturers

January 26, 2015 2:08 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Manufacturers of farm equipment are starting to feel the effects of falling grain prices on farmers' profit margins.                                       

States Consider Repealing Prevailing Wage Laws

January 26, 2015 10:22 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Amid strong Republican gains in statehouses nationwide in recent years, debates over "right-to-work" legislation have generally been the most prominent union-related issues. Right-to-work laws have an immediate impact on manufacturing through operations and costs, but the federal prevailing wage law, will also effect the manufacturing of supplies on the site of qualifying projects. 

Japan Logs Record Trade Deficit in 2014

January 26, 2015 10:06 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's trade deficit ballooned to a record 12.8 trillion yen ($109 billion) last year as a weakening yen pushed the cost of imports higher despite a moderate recovery in exports.                     

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Branson's Futuristic Vision to Get Internet to Everyone

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

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.                 

From Car Lots to City Budgets, Cheap Oil Means Change

January 20, 2015 10:09 am | by Henry Jackson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In ways large and small, plummeting oil prices are now reverberating through businesses, towns, schools and family budgets, causing confusion and changing plans. With prices having fallen by nearly half in just six months, the potential impact has been sudden and wide ranging.

Manufacturing's Winner and Loser of the Week

January 16, 2015 3:03 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week has been full of news from the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, from amazing new cars to some questionable concepts. However, this week’s winners — Ford and Volkswagen — may have stolen the show. On the other end of the stick, oil producers are faced with even more losses as oil prices continue to tumble, earning them the title of ‘Manufacturing's Loser of the Week.’

UAE Energy Minister: Oil Producers Need to 'Learn a Lesson'

January 15, 2015 2:49 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Plummeting oil prices over the last several months have left analysts scrambling to figure out where the market is heading. Now some members of oil-rich, Middle Eastern nations are chiming in on where they see the oil industry moving. 

Chipotle: Pork Pulled From a Third of Restaurants

January 15, 2015 10:27 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chipotle says it stopped serving pork at hundreds of its restaurants after suspending a supplier that violated its standards.                                   

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Port Officials Accuse Workers of 'Stifling Productivity' Amid Labor Dispute

January 14, 2015 2:09 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Officials representing West Coast ports on Monday alleged dockworkers have deliberately ground shipments at several large ports to a near-halt amid an ongoing labor dispute.                      

What Do Obama and Auto Executives Think About Low Gas Prices?

January 13, 2015 10:19 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

See what the nation's chief executive President Obama, and some major auto executives have to say about lower gas prices and how they will effect the consumer and the auto industry as a whole.

The Big Winners and Losers in a World With Cheap Oil

January 9, 2015 11:56 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Oil prices have continued their descent in the face of a global supply glut. PwC's UK head of oil and gas told Bloomberg the winners and losers of cheap oil are becoming increasingly clear.                 

5 Steps To Creating a Culture of Product Safety

January 8, 2015 2:34 pm | by Mike Rozembajgier | Articles | Comments

Creating a culture of product safety within an organization is a strong line of defense against recalls. But how is this accomplished? Here are five tips to help you shift your organization from complacent to compliant.         

U.S. Trade Deficit Hits 11 Month Low

January 7, 2015 9:53 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit fell in November to the lowest level in 11 months as crude oil imports dropped to a two-decade low.                                     

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How Long Before Oil Prices Recover?

January 6, 2015 9:25 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

No matter where you fall in this mix of hope and dread, the big question is: How long will it last? Here, Dan Dicker, an OilPrice.com senior contributor, weighs in on falling oil prices.                   

Manufacturing Outlook for 2015: Q&A with Matthew B. Elliott

December 29, 2014 1:02 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Editorial Director Jeff Reinke discussed the outlook for manufacturers in 2015 with Matthew B. Elliott, Michigan State President, Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. They talked about upcoming trends, the skilled labor shortage, and domestic expansion.

MO Becomes First State to See Average Gas Price Below $2

December 29, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri became the first state Friday to have an average statewide gas price fall below $2 per gallon since 2009, while Oklahoma's average was expected to drop below that threshold sometime over the weekend, according to AAA.       

2014 U.S. Economy Began Shaky, Finished Strong

December 29, 2014 9:25 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than five years removed from the Great Recession, worries had taken hold at the start of the year that perhaps the world's largest economy had slid into a semi-permanent funk. But consumers, businesses and investors, after enduring a brutal winter, showed renewed vigor as the year wore on and set the United States apart from much of the world.

Flying High: Airstream Can't Keep up With Demand

December 26, 2014 1:35 pm | by Mitch Stacy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Not only are the retro-looking "silver bullet" Airstream travel-trailers still being built by hand at the same western Ohio site that has produced them for 60 years, but the company also can't roll them out of there fast enough to meet the demand these days.

MAPI Analysis on Durable Goods Drop

December 26, 2014 9:30 am | by Daniel J. Meckstroth, Vice President, Chief Economist, MAPI | News | Comments

The Census Bureau reports that new orders for durable goods in November fell 0.7%, following 0.3% growth in October and 0.7% decline in September.                             

Coming Soon: Cuba Libre, With Real Cuban Rum

December 23, 2014 11:29 am | by Jennifer Kay, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. rum aficionados are abuzz over the possibility of mixing a Cuba Libre with authentic Cuban rum, now that they will be able to bring home liquor distilled in the communist nation.                   

First Drone in Test Program Crashes in Nevada

December 22, 2014 10:48 am | by Ken Ritter, The Associated Press | News | Comments

"This is still a great day for Nevada," Gov. Brian Sandoval said after the orange aircraft dubbed the Sensurion Magpie was launched by hand, flew about 10 feet and plunged nose-first to the desert floor.        

7 Alternate Causes Behind Manufacturing Inventory Shortages

December 19, 2014 4:19 pm | by SDC CPA, LLC | Articles | Comments

For manufacturers, employee theft isn’t the only potential problem. Complex production processes and the sheer volume of products and materials in your warehouse can make it hard to get a handle on your inventory. That can result in inventory shrinkage, where the actual number of items on your shelves is lower than the number of recorded items.

U.S. Agriculture Has Big Appetite for Cuba Trade

December 19, 2014 2:45 pm | by Steve Karnowski, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island.

Why Oil is Down by Half, What it Means for You

December 16, 2014 9:32 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers howling and economists wringing their hands over whether this is a good or bad thing.         

Achieving End-to-End Supply Chain Efficiency with Color Labeling

December 15, 2014 1:33 pm | by Andy Scherz, Senior Product Manager, Epson America | Articles | Comments

A simple, but extremely effective way to increase efficiency is to use on demand color printers during label production. Increased productivity gained at this stage of manufacturing will set the base for additional efficiency to occur along the supply chain, specifically in warehouse management and shipping for both the manufacturer and the retailer.

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