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Can Wal-Mart's Supplier Sustainability Index Translate To The Industrial Segment?

April 18, 2014 9:29 am | by Robert Kravitz, AlturaSolutions Communications | Blogs | Comments

Nearly 10 years ago, Wal-Mart launched a major sustainability program impacting the majority of its stores. While good for the environment and helping to promote sustainablity, Wal-Mart also found these changes lowered the company’s costs. Wal-Mart realized that if its vendors and suppliers could take similar steps, they too might be able to reduce operating costs.

China Factories Face New Challenge As Growth Slows

April 17, 2014 9:56 am | by KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

As China's growth inexorably slows, manufacturers such as Linan Meite Cable are discovering that...

Supply Chain Network Design: Is There Really A Blueprint for Success?

April 14, 2014 10:51 am | by Dale Pickett, Director, Supply Chain Consulting at Tompkins International | Articles | Comments

Supply chain optimization, like lifestyle changes, do not happen overnight. They are ongoing...

Why Distributors Need Sales & Operations Planning

April 11, 2014 10:07 am | by Herb Shields, Partner, The Distributor Board, LLC | Blogs | Comments

Sales and Operations Planning, as its name implies, is a process that brings all the departments...

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America's Infrastructure Problems, Part 2: Why We Should Invest

April 9, 2014 10:09 am | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The infrastructure problems are increasing business costs and it will only get worse. Whether it is missing a delivery promise because of a freeway jam, losing water pressure in a food plant, loss of electricity during a blackout, or being fined by a government agency, infrastructure problems will continue to increase business costs and make business less competitive.

Oil Rises To Near $103 A Barrel On Ukraine Unrest

April 9, 2014 9:53 am | by Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press | News | Comments

The price of oil edged up closer to $103 a barrel Wednesday amid unrest in eastern Ukraine, even as a report showed a large rise in U.S. crude stockpiles.                 

Alfa Laval Acquires Frank Mohn AS

April 8, 2014 9:26 am | by Alfa Laval | News | Comments

The acquisition, which strengthens Alfa Laval’s fluid handling portfolio by adding a unique pumping technology, will further reinforce Alfa Laval’s position as a leading supplier to the marine and offshore oil & gas markets.   

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Just How Bad Are America’s Infrastructure Problems?

April 7, 2014 2:48 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Ever since the Great Recession, there has been a debate about investing in rebuilding our infrastructure to create new jobs. But just what is infrastructure and how much of it needs to be repaired or replaced?            

Getting More Entrenched In Your Supply Chain Is A Few Clicks Away

April 3, 2014 4:01 pm | by Steve Leavitt, General Manager of U.S. Cloud Solutions, ExactOnline | Blogs | Comments

An entrenched distributor, for example, would likely be in the driver’s seat, capable of straddling manufacturers and customers and calling the shots to their strategic benefit. The stuck distributor, on the other hand, probably has fewer options and is at risk of being marginalized or, even worse, being squeezed out of the supply chain altogether.

XPO Logistics Completes Acquisition Of Pacer International

April 1, 2014 9:50 am | by XPO Logistics | News | Comments

The transaction makes XPO Logistics the third largest provider of intermodal services in North America, and the largest cross-border Mexico provider. Its contractual arrangements with rail carriers provide access to more than 60,000 miles of network rail routes.

Pedal To The Metal: Rising Steel Costs Affect Product Prices

March 28, 2014 10:23 am | by Procurement Research | News | Comments

Bolstered by demand growth from the recovering construction and industrial sectors, the rising price of steel is weighing on product prices.                                               

WinWholesale Opens New Regional Distribution Center In Colorado

March 26, 2014 5:15 pm | by WinWholesale, Inc. | News | Comments

“We’re very excited about the new distribution center in Colorado. It gives us the opportunity to help our locations in the West grow their businesses by adding more product lines and in greater quantities than the former facility allowed,” said Paul Donarum, vice president, WinWholesale Sourcing Services.

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Lighter Pallet pointGUARD Can Save Product, Money

March 24, 2014 9:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

The shipping protector’s main purpose is to protect the product by keeping the top lead board defended from strapping or forklift damage. Due to its low price point, it’s intended for one time use.

Georgia Tech To Develop Eight Industry Recognized Supply Chain Operations Certifications

March 24, 2014 9:43 am | by Georgia Tech | News | Comments

The eight certifications include: Supply Chain Principles, Inventory Control, Warehousing Operations, Transportation Operations, Customer Service Operations, Demand Planning, Procurement, and Manufacturing & Service Operations.        

W&H Systems Launches Allied Products Program

March 20, 2014 9:47 am | by W&H Systems, Inc. | News | Comments

The new Allied Products program, which focuses on providing niche products for maintenance, packaging, safety, and storage operations within a warehouse, will be led by John Niemeyer.                  

3 Inbound Shipping Challenges Logistics Executives Face Which Impact The Entire Supply Chain

March 17, 2014 12:45 pm | by Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing, Cerasis | Blogs | Comments

If you’re looking to save costs on shipping, take a look at inbound shipping. Depending on the industry and size of the company, a business can spend more than 40% of its annual freight budget on inbound shipping, according to the Aberdeen Group.

U.S. Crude Oil Production In 2013 Reaches Highest Level Since 1989

March 14, 2014 9:51 am | by EIA - U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

The 15% increase in U.S. production from 2012 to 2013 was the largest annual percentage increase since 1940. The increase in domestic production supported high refinery utilization rates, reduced U.S. imports of crude oil, and changed domestic and global crude oil and petroleum product trade flows.

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Barcoding, Inc. & AeroScout Industrial To Deliver Hybrid RFID Solutions

March 11, 2014 12:10 pm | by Barcoding, Inc. | News | Comments

These solutions will combine passive and active RFID (radio frequency identification). By merging the best features of both active and passive RFID, this hybrid system approach creates one, unified visibility solution for tracking assets.   

Interroll Announces New Manufacturing & Distribution Facility

March 10, 2014 10:19 am | by Interroll | News | Comments

Interroll‘s new facility will serve customers, including Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, Procter & Gamble, Amazon.com, UPS, and Frito-Lay, with market-focused product lines and engineering support.           

AAM Blames More Than Weather For Poor Manufacturing Numbers

March 7, 2014 5:25 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation | Blogs | Comments

A lot has been written about this bitter winter’s impact on the U.S. economy and job growth. Factory output dropped, ending five straight months of increased production. And many of the largest companies in America, including Ford, GM, and Walmart, saw large drops in sales.

UPS Invests In Propane For U.S. Delivery Fleet

March 7, 2014 9:50 am | by UPS | News | Comments

The vehicles on these routes can travel up to 200 miles on a tank of propane. Operations will begin by mid-2014 and be completed early next year.                      

Dematic Introduces Order Fulfillment Solution

March 7, 2014 9:42 am | by Dematic | Product Releases | Comments

The Dematic Put Wall System serves as an order consolidation and packing method that brings high productivity, order accuracy, speed, and efficiency to the order fulfillment process, says the company. 

A Brief Look At The History Of Vending Machine Technologies

March 6, 2014 9:33 am | by Danielle M., Blogger & Business Student | Articles | Comments

For most of their history, automated vending machines focused primarily on giving retail consumers quick access to products. Only recently have they merged with inventory tracking software to create more powerful and effective inventory control systems.

ISM: Extreme Weather Impacts Supply Chain

March 5, 2014 8:21 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

“The impact of extreme weather shows up this month mostly in production, which is down 6.6 and that looks very unusual in view of solid new orders, and a backlog of orders which is growing,” says ISM chair Bradley Holcomb.        

Manufacturers Optimistic Overall, But Energy Costs Are Big Concern

March 4, 2014 9:56 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | News | Comments

According to a recent PwC report, industrial manufacturing (IM) CEOs are more optimistic this year compared to last, but energy costs are still a question mark.               

U.S. Manufacturing Hurt By Winter Weather

March 3, 2014 5:06 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing expanded more quickly last month as companies received more orders and boosted their stockpiles. But a measure of production fell to its lowest level in nearly five years, likely a casualty of severe winter weather.   

Net Crude, Petroleum Products Imports Fell Relative To Other Major Import Flows

February 28, 2014 2:52 pm | by EIA - U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

Monthly trade data show the value of crude and petroleum products net imports was roughly equal to the value of electronics net imports in November 2013, and close to the value of net imports of both machinery and vehicles and parts.   

Tompkins: 2014 Predictions For Supply Chain Strategy

February 27, 2014 1:48 pm | by Gene Tyndall, EVP of Global Supply Chain, Tompkins International | Blogs | Comments

Gene Tyndall, the EVP of Global Supply Chain at Tompkins International, presents five supply chain predictions for 2014.                      

Order Management: The Business Lifeblood

February 26, 2014 5:09 pm | by Steve Smith, COO, Esker | Blogs | Comments

If someone is not ordering the goods or services you provide, then the rest of your problems will quickly go away, and so will your company.                   

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