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The Inversion Crackdown is in Full Swing

September 26, 2014 11:46 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

It looks like the Obama administration has finally thrown down the gauntlet with companies moving their headquarters overseas.                                   

UPS may be Changing the Supply Chain World

September 25, 2014 1:53 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

With over 130 aircraft and an average of 1.6 million packages traveling through Worldport, a UPS facility in Louisville, on a daily basis, this facility is not just a massive (and efficient) mailroom, it is a wonder of contemporary automation.

Getting More Entrenched in Your Supply Chain is a Few Clicks Away

September 24, 2014 2:01 pm | by Steve Leavitt | Articles | Comments

If you feel stuck, even just a little bit, you’re probably behind the innovation curve. Good news, this article is for you. Because the secret to getting unstuck — or becoming more entrenched in your supply chain — is only a few clicks away. The secret is information.

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Airbus Lifts Aircraft Demand Forecast

September 24, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European jet maker Airbus is raising its long-term forecast for new airplane demand by more than 7 percent, based on expected orders of smaller, more fuel-efficient planes and burgeoning travel in Asia.             

4 Areas of Supply Chain Compliance To Fix Today

September 22, 2014 2:23 pm | by Donna Fritz | Articles | Comments

Supply chain product compliance is increasingly complex, with companies required to disclose detailed information about their products, including composition, origin, and regulatory status. Managing this data remains a critical supply chain challenge that is necessary in order to comply with a wide array of regulations. 

The Panama Canal is Opening up to a Busy Future

September 22, 2014 9:39 am | by GE Report | News | Comments

The Panama Canal is a full century old, but that doesn’t mean it still can’t grow. The 48-mile-long landmark that cuts across “the backbone of the Western Hemisphere” is going through the final year of a massive expansion.        

Right-shoring: Where is the Optimum Place to Manufacture?

September 19, 2014 9:14 am | by Jeff Sweeney | Articles | Comments

I propose we replace the notion of off-shoring vs. on-shoring with the idea of "right-shoring," asking the question "where is (are) the best location(s) to make something?" My business answers this question for our customers every day. To do so, criteria beyond simply cost must be considered.

NAM: Congress Must Focus On Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization

September 18, 2014 1:07 pm | by National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

The House passed a continuing resolution that temporarily reauthorizes the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank; however, according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of International Economic Affairs, Congress still has more work to do. 

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U.S. Producer Prices Unchanged In August

September 16, 2014 12:01 pm | News | Comments

A measure of prices that producers receive for their goods and services was unchanged in August, the latest sign that inflation is in check.                                

GE Aviation Plans New Plant in U.S.

September 15, 2014 1:22 pm | by Chelsey Levingston, Dayton Daily News | News | Comments

New plans for another GE Aviation manufacturing facility in the United States have emerged, as it was revealed that the Ohio-based jet engine maker will open a second plant for the production of ceramic composite materials.       

ReVolt - An Unmanned, Battery-Powered Ship Concept

September 15, 2014 11:35 am | by gCaptain.com | Videos | Comments

The shipping research firm DNV GL has revealed a new electric vessel, the ReVolt, that can carry cargo without a crew.                                     

Exelis Receives $8M Army Order for Night Vision Equipment

September 12, 2014 10:15 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Exelis has been awarded a contract valued at $8 million to provide the U.S. Army with Generation 3 night vision equipment.                                     

Demystifying the Manufacturing Crystal Ball

September 11, 2014 2:25 pm | by Diane Palmquist | Articles | Comments

We’ve all heard about “Industry 4.0” and the promises an increased flow of data and better quality information will have on shaping a new manufacturing reality. But what does the Internet of Things and more connections really mean for the manufacturing business? 

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U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Down 1.1% in July

September 10, 2014 4:29 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing (AMT) & The United States Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) | News | Comments

July U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $170 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                           

Epicor Announces Integration Between ERP and MES

September 10, 2014 12:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail, and services organizations, announced the integration between its Epicor Mattec manufacturing execution system (MES) and next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, called Epicor ERP version 10.

Want Lower Gas Prices? Ship More Oil Abroad

September 9, 2014 2:36 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Exporting more U.S. oil around the world would lower the price of gasoline for U.S. drivers and benefit the nation's economy, according to a new study.                             

Recall Limbo: How To Handle an Automotive Recall

September 9, 2014 9:28 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Automakers or U.S. safety regulators often send out recall notices before parts are ready. Sometimes the companies or dealers offer free loaner cars, but most of the time they don't. That presents car owners with a difficult question: should they keep driving and hope the problem doesn't affect them, or rent a car until the dealer gets parts, which can take months or even a year?

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.        

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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