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Did You Know That You Are in the Hardware Store Business?

April 9, 2015 9:40 am | by George Krauter

Consider the essential considerations that companies like Home Depot, Lowe’s and Ace Hardware chains must employ in order to maintain a profitable scenario. Now compare the situation in the many MRO store rooms. The word “store” is the operative word here, because the MRO storeroom is in fact a “store.”

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7 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Next Trade Show

April 9, 2015 9:00 am | by Robb Clawson, Director of Marketing and Communications, Hargrove

A trade show should be one of the highlights of your sales and marketing year. Here are a few tips and tricks to make the most of exhibiting at your next trade show.

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Why Calibration Needs to be Made Part of Your APM Strategy

April 8, 2015 3:00 pm | by Dan Miklovic, LNS Research

Just as calibration needs to be part of your quality processes it absolutely needs to be part of your asset performance management (APM) strategy as well. And, regardless of who owns the software, it needs to be considered in your APM architecture.

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Managing Supply Risk For Distributors

April 8, 2015 10:40 am | by Lisa Russell, Industry and Solution Strategy Director, Infor Distribution

As distributors continue to enhance services to customers to remain competitive in today’s market, constant diligence is necessary to maintain a streamlined and efficient supply chain that is resistant to disruption.

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The Importance of Resin Flooring within the Safe Design of a Food Processing Facility

April 8, 2015 10:00 am | by Paul Anderson, Technical Director, Flowcrete

Food safety is critical for consumer confidence and the hygienic design of food processing facilities is vital to the production of safe food and beverage products.

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Combatting the Challenges of E-Commerce With Automation Technology

April 7, 2015 2:25 pm | by John Hinchey

For the retail supply chain, e-commerce is rapidly shifting the entire paradigm. While the e-commerce business model can certainly lead to increased sales and greater customer satisfaction for retailers, it has placed more pressure on manufacturers and distributors. 

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USDA Unveils App to Help Prevent Wasted Food

April 7, 2015 11:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The "FoodKeeper" app, developed by the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, Cornell University and the Food Marketing Institute, informs users about properly storing hundreds of food and beverage products to maximize their shelf lives and decrease food waste.

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Federal Estimates Show Slight Decline in Manufacturing Jobs

April 6, 2015 4:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The official totals showed the country lost 1,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector compared to February numbers, which BLS officials characterized as "little change" in employment.

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The Three Ms For Industrial Success in 2015

April 2, 2015 2:20 pm | by John Renick

As we look at staying competitive in an ever-changing global market, the value of connectivity — connected people, processes and technology — cannot be underestimated. Manufacturers must implement a fully connected framework for top asset performance and strategic data analysis.

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How Manufacturers Can Use Regional Menu Data To Track Local Demand

April 1, 2015 11:00 am | by Abigail Covington, Content Marketing Coordinator, Food Genius, Inc.

The principal of creating supply where there is demand is not new, but it is sometimes overlooked within the foodservice industry.

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How Distributors and Manufacturers Can Partner to Grow Sales, Value-Added Service

April 1, 2015 10:20 am | by Gary Nuttall, President, Gray Tools Canada

Here are just four examples of how distributors can take advantage of their suppliers’ capabilities to foster closer relationships, which in turn will make them more relevant to their customers.

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Report: Job Stats Should Include Broader View of Manufacturing

March 31, 2015 12:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

In the report, authors Kate Whitefoot and Walter Valdivia note current manufacturing statistics don't account for services before or after production, from initial research and development to follow-up service and maintenance.

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In The News: Bird Flu Found at Minnesota Poultry Farms

March 31, 2015 12:02 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Find out the latest news and developments by taking a look at this compilation of media coverage.

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A Firm Grasp on its Craft

March 31, 2015 10:05 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Griffin Claw Brewing Company prides itself on producing beer with a mix of tradition and technology at its Birmingham, Michigan facility.

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Traceability in Food Manufacturing: Harvest Benefits Beyond Compliance and Consumer Protection

March 30, 2015 2:49 pm | by Monika Pelz, CPA, Audit Partner, Armanino

The food supply chain is long and complex, including foreign- and domestically sourced farms, processors, ingredients, manufacturers, packagers, distributors, shippers, stores and consumers. Regardless of your business and its place in the food supply chain, you’re required to maintain good records.

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Q&A: Plant Safety, Security Surrounding Food Facilities

March 30, 2015 10:50 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor

Food Manufacturing spoke with Terry Smith, Executive Vice President of Operations at Jack Link's Beef Jerky, and Kip Dowding, Manager at A.T. Kearney's Strategic Operations Practice, to discuss trends and topics related to plant safety and security in the food manufacturing industry.

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Forget Zipcar: Contract Manufacturing Pioneered Sharing Economy

March 30, 2015 8:10 am | by Nelson Alor, Manager, Contract Manufacturing, Tetra Pak Inc.

Contract packaging has proven to be a boon for the food and beverage industry and for innovation in processing and packaging. The lowered entry barriers such companies offer pave the way for first adopters to select state-of-the-art processing and innovative packages without taking the plunge and investing in a new line.

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Q&A: How B2B E-Commerce Is Changing The Manufacturing Business

March 27, 2015 2:50 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

​Michiel Schipperus, CEO of integrated e-commerce provider Sana Commerce, spoke with our sister publication, Manufacturing Business Technology, recently about the transformation of (B2B) manufacturing business.

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From Farm to Table: How Product Lifecycle Management Serves Up Your Chicken Sandwich

March 27, 2015 12:40 pm | by John Kelley, Vice President of Product Value Chain Strategy and Kerrie Jordan, Director of Product Value Chain Marketing, Oracle

Ever wonder how your lunch was made? How did that meal end up on the plate in front of you?  Given all the ingredients, equipment, data, processes and players involved, few can tell the whole story. But one type of enterprise software has recorded every detail –- product lifecycle management. 

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The Top 5 'Must-Have' APM Technologies For Food Manufacturers: No.1

March 27, 2015 10:00 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research

The following is the last installment in a five-part series counting down the top five "must-have" asset performance management technologies for food manufacturers, courtesy of Greg Goodwin of LNS Research. Today, we reveal No.1.

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