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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...

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...

Manufacturing in New York Contracts in December

December 15, 2014 10:25 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in New York state shrank in December for the first time in nearly two...

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Go Lean in 2015: No Manufacturer is too Small to Benefit

December 15, 2014 10:03 am | by Dave Lechleitner, Principal, Product Marketing at Exact | Articles | Comments

If you embrace lean manufacturing as part of your company’s overall business strategy, long-term strategic benefits are possible including increased profits, decreased costs and long-term efficiency gains.             

Exxon Sees Abundant Oil, Gas Far Into Future

December 10, 2014 1:55 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

North America, once a sponge that sucked in a significant portion of the world's oil, will instead be supplying the world with oil and other liquid hydrocarbons by the end of this decade, according to ExxonMobil's annual long-term energy forecast.

U.S. Trade Deficit Drops to $43.4 Billion

December 5, 2014 10:04 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit fell slightly in October as exports rebounded while oil imports dipped to the lowest level in five years.                                   

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U.S. Durable Goods Order on the Rise

November 26, 2014 9:41 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders for durable goods increased 0.4 percent last month following a 0.9 percent drop in September and an even bigger 18.3 percent plunge in August, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. The two months of declines reflected big swings in the volatile category of commercial aircraft.

Ready. Set. Reshore. The Challenges (and Rewards) of Onshoring

November 26, 2014 9:31 am | by Noreen King | Articles | Comments

To meet the growing demand that reshoring will bring, I believe that contract manufacturers here in the U.S. should focus on two things: Reducing the lead-time of production and improving supply chains.             

Japan Recession Could Slow U.S. Companies

November 19, 2014 9:44 am | by Matthew Craft, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan has slipped back into a recession for the second time in two years. That could mean more trouble for a range of U.S companies and industries that count on the country for sales.                   

Port Labor Battle Could Slow Holiday Shipments

November 14, 2014 2:57 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

There are growing concerns that a slowdown at one of the country's busiest ports in Long Beach could hit holiday shipments. Business could come to a halt on the West coast, as a battle threatens to stop crucial imports.         

U.S. Drivers Should Get Used to Cheap Gas

November 13, 2014 10:53 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Those low gas prices on station signs aren't going away soon, the government says.                                                

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iProblems: Learning From Apple’s Strained Supply Chain

November 12, 2014 1:58 pm | by Paul Noël | Articles | Comments

While not every firm sells 10 million devices in one weekend — or has to contend with the complex global supply chain and massive consumer pressure that comes with it — all organizations can learn from Apple’s supply chain pitfalls when managing and designing their own.

U.S.-China Trade Deal Could End Fees on $1T in Tech Sales

November 12, 2014 12:38 pm | by Marley Jay, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A trade deal between the U.S. and China could end tariffs on $1 trillion in global sales of semiconductors, MRI machines, GPS devices, printer ink cartridges, video game consoles and other high-tech items.             

U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Up

November 12, 2014 10:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale businesses posted a modest gain in their stockpiles in September as sales rebounded from a big decline the previous month.                                 

Retail Imports Set Records Despite Continuing Port Issues

November 12, 2014 10:29 am | by J. Craig Shearman, National Retail Federation | News | Comments

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to slow down this month following record levels seen in September and October as retailers rushed to bring merchandise into the country ahead of a possible shutdown of West Coast ports. 

Aerospace Suppliers Ramping Up to Meet Surging Orders

November 12, 2014 10:01 am | by TendersInfo | News | Comments

The large majority of aerospace manufacturers said they plan to increase their workforce over the next 12 months, expect to win new long-term supply agreements in the next three years, and expect aircraft deliveries to continue to grow at least through 2016.

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Profitability Through Supply Chain Excellence: Chemicals Business

November 7, 2014 2:11 pm | by Laura Rokohl | Articles | Comments

Specialty chemicals companies today face numerous uncertainties and constantly navigate internal and external business variables, but sophisticated software systems are available to drive supply chain excellence and to align people and processes.

Businesses Urge Presidential Involvement in Port Dispute

November 7, 2014 9:14 am | by Stephen Schatz, National Retail Federation | News | Comments

A diverse coalition including retailers, manufacturers and farmers and other supply chain stakeholders sent a letter to President Obama today urging the government’s immediate involvement in contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

Beef Costs Eat Up Wendy's Profit

November 6, 2014 10:00 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The hamburger chain reported a lower-than-expect profit for its third quarter, noting that beef costs were much higher than initial projections.                               

Duck Farming Fading Away on New York's Long Island

November 5, 2014 9:48 am | by Frank Eltman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Once as synonymous with Long Island as Gatsby mansions, the Long Island duck is quietly fading into the history books. By the end of this year there will be only one duck farm left on Long Island; that's down from a high of more than 100 in the early 1960s that produced up to 7.5 million succulent birds annually.

Gas Price Conspiracy Theories Debunked

November 3, 2014 2:04 pm | by CNNMoney | News | Comments

Gas prices are at their lowest in four years thanks to plummeting crude oil prices. Industry insiders have their own theories as to why, but the answer may be simpler than you think.                   

Exxon, Chevron Shrug Off Effect of Low Oil Prices

October 31, 2014 2:14 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Falling oil prices hardly seem to be bothering the two biggest U.S. oil companies, but things could get tougher in the coming months.                                 

Not So Sweet: Chocolate Prices Set To Rise

October 30, 2014 2:09 pm | by Steve Rothwell, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The cost of ingredients in chocolate bars is rising, and the nation's biggest candy makers have already warned of price hikes next year. And it's not just costs that are pushing up prices. A growing sweet tooth around the world means more demand for chocolate.

North American Robotics Market Sets New Records

October 28, 2014 9:35 am | by Robotic Industries Association | News | Comments

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2014, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.                       

Toyota at Top in Global Vehicle Sales

October 28, 2014 9:31 am | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota kept its lead over rivals Volkswagen and General Motors as the world's top-selling automaker in the first nine months of the year, reporting record sales of 7.615 million vehicles, up nearly 3 percent from the previous year.     

Parker Hannifin Introduces New Rapid Service Unit

October 24, 2014 4:16 pm | by Parker Hannifin | News | Comments

Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, introduced its Rapid Service Unit as a part of the existing Custom Manufacturing Operation.                         

Coke Slashing Costs as Soda Sales Remain Flat

October 21, 2014 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola said it plans to slash costs by $3 billion a year after the world's biggest beverage maker reported disappointing sales on flat soda volume.                             

5 Solutions for Supply Chain EHS Performance Neglect

October 21, 2014 9:31 am | by Paul Leavoy | Articles | Comments

As EHS regulations and best practices become more comprehensive and expansive, we’re seeing a new imperative in managing EHS supply chain performance. No longer is it acceptable to simply manage EHS performance within your own organization.   

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