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Report: Auto Industry Must Overhaul Supply Chain Training

March 30, 2015 9:07 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report recommends that auto companies strengthen industry collaboration, worker training and career opportunities in order to resolve a worsening talent crisis in their supply chains. 

Report: Emissions Requirements, Fuel Cell Vehicles to Drive Increase in Global Hydrogen

March 25, 2015 3:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recently released report anticipates demand for cleaner transportation will substantially...

Revamping Supply Chain Intelligence: Q&A With Bob Farrell

March 25, 2015 10:34 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Bob Farrell, CEO of Kewill, offers expert insight into the importance of transportation and...

U.S. Durable Goods Orders Fell 1.4 Percent in February

March 25, 2015 10:02 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods fell in February for the third time...

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$20 Oil Could Be a Reality If This Happens

March 24, 2015 3:36 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

What happens if we run out of storage for surplus American oil?

Eurozone Stimulus Boosts Manufacturing

March 24, 2015 11:09 am | by Pan Pylas, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The economy across the 19-country eurozone appears to be gaining momentum as a closely-watched survey Tuesday found business activity hit a near four-year high in March.

China Manufacturing Lowest in Nearly a Year

March 24, 2015 11:03 am | by Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's manufacturing fell to the lowest level in nearly a year as new orders shrank, according to a report Tuesday that underscored the weakening outlook for the world's second biggest economy.

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U.S. Drillers Scrambling to Thwart OPEC Threat

March 24, 2015 10:56 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

OPEC and lower global oil prices delivered a one-two punch to the drillers in North Dakota and Texas who brought the U.S. one of the biggest booms in the history of the global oil industry. Now they are fighting back.

Door Opens For Fracking Wildcatters in North Carolina

March 24, 2015 10:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

North Carolina became the 34th state to allow hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas after new standards for the controversial practice took effect last week.

Train Derailments In Texas, Colorado Cause Leaking Chemicals, Dumped Coal

March 23, 2015 3:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

While a crew worked Sunday to clean up the scene in Central Texas where the derailment of about a dozen train cars resulted in an industrial solvent leaking from one tanker, a train jumped its tracks in northern Colorado, dumping coal from more than two dozen cars.

English Researchers Help To Safeguard Cocoa Crops

March 20, 2015 10:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The world's multi-billion dollar chocolate market relies on a fragile plant and faces volatile global economic factors.

Oil Prices Fall to Six-Year Low

March 17, 2015 1:57 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

In the wake of a 10 percent slide last week, the price of crude oil on the West Texas Intermediate index fell to about $44 per barrel, the lowest level in six years.

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Report Suggests Oil Prices Tied to Worker Fatalities in North Dakota

March 17, 2015 9:52 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Low oil prices and subsequent cutbacks in the field by drilling companies could be contributing to a rash of worker fatalities in North Dakota, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Predictive Analytics: Turning Data Into Inventory Insights

March 12, 2015 11:12 am | by Larry Korak | Articles | Comments

Operational managers are tasked with keeping tight control on inventory in order to control costs. At the same time, however, they are also responsible for meeting customer expectations for on time delivery.

4 Ways to Integrate Supply Chain Projects with Corporate Initiatives

March 9, 2015 10:58 am | by Godfrey Huguley | Articles | Comments

When you can demonstrate that your supply chain improvement project supports or drives forward a corporate initiative, it becomes much easier to secure the broader based support and resources needed for implementation

A Shoe's Eye View of Material Handling

March 5, 2015 3:19 pm | 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.

Top 10 Resolutions for Building a Better B2B Supply Chain Operating Network

March 5, 2015 11:07 am | by Ed Rusch | Articles | Comments

The inter-connectedness, expansive footprints and co-dependency within the process industries, and the dynamic supply chain interactions in an inter-enterprise network, form the basis for these “Top 10 Resolutions” to building a better supply chain operating network in 2015 and beyond. 

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ISM: Manufacturing Takes Slight Hit from West Coast Port Dispute, Weather

March 3, 2015 10:34 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the 26th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 69th consecutive month.

Two Train Cars Carrying Crude Derail in New Orleans

March 3, 2015 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The New Orleans Fire Department says two train cars carrying crude oil have derailed in the city but no oil has spilled.

Ahead of the Bell: U.S. Manufacturing Likely Grew More Slowly

March 2, 2015 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Institute for Supply Management reports on a survey about U.S. manufacturing production, orders and other activity in February.

Cargo Backlog Grows on West Coast Ports

February 27, 2015 1:36 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

There are 36 ships anchored offshore waiting to get into the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Despite a new contract for dockworkers, there's still an enormous backlog of cargo waiting to be shipped overseas.

5 Elements That Can Derail Supply Chain Management

February 26, 2015 10:22 am | by Brad Poulter | Articles | Comments

Supply chain management professionals who put processes in place to solve these five problems before they occur will keep things moving even when other, less carefully managed supply chains, come to a grinding halt.

Kanye's Sneakers Sellout, For Now No More are Being Made

February 19, 2015 2:19 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Kanye West just released his new sneakers with Adidas -- the Yeezy Boost. They quickly sold out and are now going for thousands online.

Labor Disputes Roil Canadian Rail Industry

February 19, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The union representing thousands of Canadian National Railway Company employees says it is considering a strike vote as labor issues persist among the country's largest rail operators.

Retailers Fret as Products Languish on Ships, Docks at Ports

February 13, 2015 10:17 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stores gearing up for warmer weather are fretting that they won't have some products to sell due to a labor crisis at West Coast seaports.

U.S. Challenges Chinese Export Program

February 11, 2015 1:52 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The United States has accused the Chinese government of providing prohibited subsidies on a wide range of the country's exports, providing an unfair advantage in the marketplace and hindering American businesses.

Sluggish Ports Cause Problems for Some OR Businesses

February 10, 2015 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Willamette Valley businesses that rely on overseas shipments say they are frustrated by the delays that have come with bargaining over a labor contract at West Coast ports, and some say the effects have hit them coming and going.      

Key Performance Indicators for the Supply Chain

February 9, 2015 1:07 pm | by Jesper Lillelund | Articles | Comments

Measuring the overall performance of your supply chain can be boiled down to a few key questions. Is the supply chain acquiring the things your organization needs? Is it providing customers with the things they need? And is it doing it all in the right time and for the right price?

MAPI: Is Cuba Open for Business?

February 9, 2015 12:26 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

Cuba's Moment, a report from the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, concludes that a strong manufacturing sector is unlikely to develop without aggressive action on a number of fronts, including domestic investment, inward investment, trade, workforce development, and access to capital markets.

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