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China's Exports Rise to 9.4 Percent, Imports Shrink

September 8, 2014 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's export growth eased in August while imports shrank for the second month in a row.                                              

Ryanair Commits To Order 100 Boeing Planes

September 8, 2014 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European airline Ryanair has committed to order 100 of Boeing's 737 MAX 200 airplanes, valued at $11 billion at current list prices.                                 

Apple Supplier Accused Of Violations

September 4, 2014 2:15 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

An Apple supplier in China is violating safety and pay rules despite the computer giant's promises to improve conditions, two activist groups said Thursday, ahead of the expected release of the iPhone 6.        

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Civil Disobedience Expected in Fast-Food Pay Fight

September 2, 2014 10:01 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

As labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize fast-food industry workers, McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants expect to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests.  

Much Ado About Trends in Distribution

August 26, 2014 3:05 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. 

7 Ways To Manage Inventory With Specialized Delivery Services

August 26, 2014 11:10 am | by Will Bacon | Articles | Comments

Here's a look at the seven ways manufacturers can partner with suppliers to reduce their inventory and streamline their logistics and market planning for advanced delivery.             

7 Ways To Manage Inventory With Specialized Delivery Services

August 26, 2014 10:38 am | by Will Bacon | News | Comments

Here's a look at the seven ways manufacturers can partner with suppliers to reduce their inventory and streamline their logistics and market planning for advanced delivery.             

U.S. Durable Goods Orders at a Record High

August 26, 2014 9:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Business orders for long-lasting manufactured goods shot up by the largest amount on record in July but much of the strength came from a huge surge in demand for commercial aircraft. Outside of transportation, orders actually fell.    

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Nestle Pushes for Humane Treatment of Animals in Supply Chain

August 22, 2014 9:38 am | by Nestle USA | News | Comments

Thousands of farms that supply Nestle with their dairy, meat, poultry and eggs will now have to comply with tighter animal welfare standards. Nestle has signed an agreement pledging to improve the welfare of the farm animals in its supply chain.

Senator Calls for Surveillance Policy Shift

August 18, 2014 2:26 pm | by Nigel Duara, Associated Press | News | Comments

The senator is challenging the so-called Third Party Doctrine. It holds that citizens' information in the hands of third parties, like phone companies, becomes business records and is not subject to the same rigorous search-warrant process as other personal effects.

Kellogg Wants Suppliers To Report Carbon Emissions

August 13, 2014 10:31 am | by John Flesher, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Kellogg said Wednesday it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly.                     

Record Imports Expected as West Coast Port Talks Continue

August 13, 2014 9:24 am | by National Retail Federation | News | Comments

Import volume at major U.S. container ports is expected to hit an all-time record in August as retailers concerned about the lack of a West Coast longshoremen’s contract rush to bring holiday season merchandise into the country.          

Attackers Burn 4 Coca-Cola Trucks In Mexico

August 6, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Unidentified attackers have burned four Coca-Cola Co. delivery trucks in an area of Mexico's southern state of Guerrero known for drug gang turf battles.                           

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Geopolitics Creep Into This Month’s ISM Report

August 4, 2014 4:41 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 14th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 62nd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.   

Walmart Turns Business Into a Reality Show

July 15, 2014 9:36 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

While this approach may appeal to the lower-end of everybody’s T.V.-watching intellect, it doesn’t seem like a quality way to do business.                                 

Obama Wants Companies To Pay Suppliers Faster

July 11, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dozens of companies, including Apple, Honda and Coca-Cola, have agreed to pay their suppliers more quickly in a bid to boost small businesses, the White House announced Friday.                      

Fighting for American Jobs

July 8, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

With the U.S. steel market being flooded with imports of pipe from South Korea and other nations, state-side manufacturers are being forced to idle or shutdown factories, putting at risk nearly 600,000 American jobs.         

Walmart’s First-Ever “Made in the USA” Open Call for Suppliers

July 8, 2014 1:39 pm | News | Comments

For the first time ever, Walmart is opening its doors to more than 500 manufacturers today at its world headquarters during the company’s first-ever “Made in the USA” open call.                      

New Recalls Raise Questions About Auto Parts Safety

July 1, 2014 1:49 pm | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

The ignition switch recalls now engulfing General Motors and Chrysler are raising new questions about the safety of the parts across the American auto industry.                          

West Coast Port Shutdown Could Cost $2.5B Per Day

June 26, 2014 4:30 pm | by The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) | News | Comments

As negotiations continue for a new contract agreement covering 13,600 dockworkers at 30 ports stretching from San Diego, Calif., to Bellingham, Wash., a new study shows the U.S. economy could lose as much as $2.5 billion a day if a prolonged West Coast port shutdown occurs. 

Ruling Might Help U.S. Become Major Oil Exporter

June 26, 2014 10:04 am | by Jonathan Fahey and Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

Companies are taking advantage of new ways to export oil from the U.S. despite government restrictions, and in the process helping the U.S. become an ever bigger exporter of petroleum on the world stage.             

June 2014: Manufacturing Jobs Report

June 23, 2014 11:04 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we investigate the current state of manufacturing in the U.S. and abroad, and we explore technological advancements in infrared applications and conveyor systems.

Jamaica To Encourage Bamboo Industry

June 23, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jamaica hopes to kick-start a local bamboo industry as the tropical plant becomes more common in flooring, furniture and household accessories.                                

Feds Report On Trucker In Morgan Crash

June 19, 2014 4:58 pm | by David Porter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A report on the crash that seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another man says the driver of a tractor-trailer was speeding before the crash.                

Walmart Plans Indiana Distribution Center

June 19, 2014 4:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Walmart says it will build a new distribution center in central Indiana and have perhaps 300 employees there in the next couple years.                    

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