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With the continual rise of the Internet and mobile economies, manufacturers need to be able to make production decisions on the spot by leveraging the latest supply chain information at their fingertips.
Financial planner Carl Edwards says independent and credentialed advisors may tailor individual portfolios better.
General Electric looks to sell off its century-old home appliance division in a restructuring effort to focus on its industrial business.
While jobs have been created in the manufacturing sector over the last few years, hundreds of thousands of jobs remain unfilled due to the lack of trained workers.
Brian Gardner, founder of SalesProcess360, discusses the importance of Target Account Management in gaining a competitive edge.
Walgreen Co., which owns a 45 percent stake in Alliance Boots, the largest drugstore chain in the United Kingdom, has been considering whether to use an organization technique called an inversion to take advantage of the U.K's lower corporate tax rate.
Take a serious look at how you select and train frontline supervisors, and you may determine why many employment law claims occur: Often supervisors are ignorant of the more challenging aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and workers’ compensation retaliation protections.
It was less than 18 months ago that MSC Industrial Direct made one of the biggest acquisitions in its history, acquiring Barnes Distribution North America (BDNA). Now MSC is re-branding BDNA to integrate the company, while still retaining its own identity.
The decision was reached after company executives discussed whether to consolidate some businesses into fewer locations in some markets and identify where more stores should be opened as local market conditions dictate.
The entire distribution chain is now linked together by technology in every phase imaginable. The larger distribution networks reports entire complex shipments arriving at their dock doors with close to 99% accuracy rates making the process of counting in inventory no longer cost-effective.
Today’s warehouse managers constantly are challenged to “do more with less.” Most attempt to meet this challenge by finding ways to reduce labor costs. Few, however, have spent time to understand and manage a key component of labor cost: indirect, or idle, time.
The manufacturing skills gap. It seems you can’t go a week without a politician, media outlet or industry leader wringing their hands over this issue, perhaps because it’s just so confounding. In an industry that has yet to recover the jobs lost in the recession, we’re dealing with vacancies in the skilled trades that threaten to derail production growth and sector expansion.
Thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat every year, and some even die. Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable, and employers must take responsibility for protecting their employees while they are working under conditions of excessive heat.
Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn takes a look at why so many joint ventures, partnerships, alliances and mergers fail — especially in the auto industry.
After 12 months straight of expansion in the ISM’s Manufacturing PMI, we are surely seeing growth in the Manufacturing industry. But, is it really a “renaissance” or “revival”? I have always felt that the answer is “no.”
Jack Keough takes a closer look at employee theft - and asks if you have any checks and balances in place to avoid it.
According to the search engine giant, Google shut down its Google Shopping for Suppliers last month, without much fanfare.
The global manufacturing scene has been getting a lot of press lately, as China’s production slows and the reshoring trend gives American workers hope. But with so many moving parts, what’s really happening?
OSHA does not expressly focus on distribution employers as much as more hazardous industries such as construction and primary metals. However, the sheer number of such employers, the new logistics approaches, and the increased focus by unions and the DOL means that such employers are far more likely to experience OSHA inspections than in the past.