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Top 10 Worldwide Manufacturing Predictions 2014: No. 3 & 4

December 18, 2013 10:30 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO & Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

IDC Manufacturing Insights provides organizations with insight and perspective on long-term industry trends along with new themes that may be on the horizon.  Today's predictions focus on your supply chain.              

One Million Electronic Components Accessible Via BOM Manager

December 16, 2013 11:49 am | by Digi-Key Corporation | News | Comments

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation announced that it has surpassed one million in-stock components available for immediate shipment, accessible via the new and improved Digi-Key Bill of Materials (BOM) Manager.

Q&A: Protection Against Automotive Counterfeits

December 13, 2013 9:36 am | by Tia Nowack, IMPO Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

This month, we had the chance to speak with Mark Prokosch, Vice President at Verify Brand.  Verify, a Minneapolis-based software as a service (Saas) brand protection company, recently announced enhancements to its cloud-based platform to combat counterfeiting in automotive supply chains. 

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Quantum Opens West Coast Distribution Center

December 13, 2013 9:08 am | by Quantum Storage Systems | News | Comments

Quantum Storage Systems is pleased to announce the opening of its new west coast distribution center located in Fresno, California.                                  

Survey: 80 Pct. Don't See Supply Chain As Strategy Enabler

December 11, 2013 1:30 pm | by Hitachi Consulting | News | Comments

Spanning nine European countries, Hitachi Consulting’s survey aimed to identify the extent to which supply chain management activities and priorities are aligned with a strategic transformation agenda. The survey found that over half of the respondents do not regard their business’s supply chain as a fundamental source of business value.

Incorporating Sustainability Across The Supply Chain

December 11, 2013 9:11 am | by Iuliana Nita, Global Marketing Manager, Food and Beverage, Process Systems Business Unit of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics | Articles | Comments

Sustainability is a hot topic in the food and beverage industry. As manufacturers seek to reduce costs and maintain customer loyalty, implementing sustainable practices can help to achieve these aims while at the same time ensuring that companies are playing a responsible role in their industry and society in general.

Sustainability: A 3PL’s Role In Your Green Supply Chain

December 10, 2013 9:21 am | by Jamie Wyatt, COO, Linkex | Articles | Comments

The supply chain is getting greener and discussions about sustainability are cropping up in more calls and conferences than ever before. What this means for you is that the “green-ness” of your supply chain will soon be a deciding factor for your manufacturer and shipper partners as well as your other customers.

Is Reshoring A Viable Option?

December 6, 2013 9:04 am | by Tia Nowack, IMPO Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Wages in China are steadily rising at an annual rate in the double digits.  Tax incentives for foreign manufacturers are expiring, energy costs continue to increase, and the cost associated with shipping are increasing.  In short, China is becoming a far less attractive manufacturing option for American companies.

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5 Questions: Made In The USA

December 5, 2013 9:11 am | by Alliance for American Manufacturing | Videos | Comments

Josh Miller, of Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey, sits down with the Alliance for American Manufacturing. He discusses what he learned making the film, how to be a better Made in the U.S.A. shopper, and even gave us a glimpse of his next big project.

Biden: U.S.-China Ties Rely On Trust, Good Motives

December 4, 2013 1:21 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Emerging from a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that U.S.-China relations depend on trust and a positive notion of each other's motives. Neither leader made public mention of a major clash over disputed airspace that's pitted China against the U.S. and its Asian allies.

MODEX 2014

December 2, 2013 4:32 pm | by MODEX 2014 | Events

MODEX 2014® is the industry's newest expo for the manufacturing and supply chain industries. It’s where the best and brightest thinkers in the supply chain gather to discuss the trends of today and the challenges of tomorrow.

5 Quick Questions On Supply Chain Management

December 2, 2013 12:30 pm | by Sean Rollings, Vice President, Product Marketing at E2open | Articles | Comments

Sean Rollings, Vice President of Product Marketing at E2open, answers some questions about supply chain management, globalization, data management, and continuity and contingency planning.                  

In Securing Your Supply Chain, Don’t Forget To Lock The Back Door

November 29, 2013 8:01 am | by Tim Garcia, CEO, Apptricity | Articles | Comments

Over time, business has gotten a lot smarter when it comes to protecting enterprise technology from the hackers and viruses that are constantly fighting to get in. At the same time, though, we sometimes forget to account for a key vulnerability in the security perimeter — the many data links maintained with suppliers and service providers. The oversight is potentially serious.

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The Criticality Of Effective Supply Chain Management In Times Of Disaster

November 25, 2013 9:29 am | by Jesus Carlos P. Villaseñor, CEO of TransProcure and ADR Intl | Articles | Comments

The awful disasters that have struck the Philippines in the last few months, the devastating tsunami in Japan, and general violent weather effects have caused Supply Management to plan for continuity of supply down to the third tier of suppliers. 

Reducing Current Product Costs — Challenges And Opportunities

November 13, 2013 9:36 am | by Julie Driscoll, VP of Strategic Marketing & Product Management, aPriori | Articles | Comments

Different manufacturing businesses face different business challenges depending on product sets, competitive dynamics, supply chains and customer trends in a given market. But when it comes to reducing the costs of existing products, they share some very similar challenges.

Next Generation of High-Speed Goods-to-Person Picking Solutions Optimize Flexibility and Throughput

November 4, 2013 9:34 am | by Jim McMahon, international logistics and automation writer | Articles | Comments

Many executives running high-throughput distribution centers face a growing logistics challenge – the need to prepare small-quantity, mixed-SKU orders to ship and arrive on schedule with short delivery times.            

Carlisle Selling Transportation Unit For $375M

October 21, 2013 2:46 pm | by AP | News | Comments

 Carlisle Transportation Products makes and distributes bias-ply and radial tires, stamped and roll-formed steel wheels, and tire and wheel assemblies to non-automotive customers.               

Car Sales Burst A Challenge To Parts Suppliers

October 14, 2013 9:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The rising demand for new cars is creating a problem for parts suppliers — and that, in turn, could hurt the growth of car plants in Mississippi, a trade association official says.            

Boeing Plane Deliveries Accelerate In 3Q

October 4, 2013 1:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing Co. said it delivered 170 commercial planes during the third quarter as deliveries accelerated for three of its most important planes. Compared to the same period last year, deliveries sped up for its smaller, workhorse 737, its long-range best-seller 777, and its new 787.

Supply Chain Strategies And The Future Of American Manufacturing

October 2, 2013 8:01 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

China’s overwhelming manufacturing cost advantage over the U.S. is shrinking fast. Within three years, a Boston Consulting Group analysis concludes that rising Chinese wages, higher U.S. productivity, a weaker dollar, and other factors will virtually close the cost gap between the U.S. and China for many goods consumed in North America. 

New Report: U.S. Trade Deficit With China Costing $37B In Lost Wages Annually

October 1, 2013 3:30 pm | News | Comments

A new study by the Economic Policy Institute finds that a growing trade deficit with China has cost the U.S. billions of dollars in lost wages. In 2011 alone, unbalanced trade with the People’s Republic resulted in lost U.S. wages of $37.0 billion. The EPI study cites 2.7 million U.S. jobs lost between 2001 and 2011 due to the trade gap with China, and over 2.1 million of those jobs were in the manufacturing sector. 

The Truth About Reshoring, Productivity, And Today’s Manufacturer

October 1, 2013 8:00 am | by Jim Shepherd , Plex Systems | Articles | Comments

Virtually all analysts agree that, yes, many American manufacturers have been successful in bringing some previously lost business back home. But it’s happening at a slower pace than the industry had hoped. According to Henry Moser, the founder of the national Reshoring Initiative, the actual rate of reshoring is somewhere between a trickle and torrent.  

3M Becomes Exclusive Distribution Partner For DEUS Rescue Safety Markets

September 30, 2013 3:56 pm | News | Comments

DEUS Rescue today announced a distribution agreement with 3M Company that will give the 3M Personal Safety Division exclusive distribution rights to DEUS Rescue products in fall protection-related industries. Under the agreement, 3M will sell DEUS® controlled descent devices, kits, and related accessories through its broad network of distributors and dealers starting in late 2013.

Shell Abandons Western Slope Oil-Shale Project

September 26, 2013 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell PLC has become the latest company to abandon efforts to turn Western Slope oil-shale into oil, joining a long line of companies in a boom and bust cycle in the region. The company said energy markets have changed since the project started in 1982, and the company no longer wants to continue efforts to turn oily shale rock into liquid by heating the rock and pumping out the oil.

Toyota To Export Corollas To Latin America In 2014

September 26, 2013 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota says it will begin sending U.S.-built Corolla sedans to 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean starting next year. The world's biggest car maker said Thursday that production of the U.S.-built vehicles is set to start at its Tupelo, Miss., plant in April 2014. 

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