The energy efficiency market is rapidly evolving to include no-first-cost financing options that enable companies to implement projects that not only have deeper energy savings with longer paybacks, but also improve the bottom line and the sustainability of their operations.
Recent research from Mintel Research Consultancy shows that consumers don’t actually avoid specific sweetener ingredients, such as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), in the grocery aisle or at a restaurant. Instead, they’re focused on limiting total sugars in their diets.
Ray White, Federal Signal's director of Integrated Systems, discusses emergency preparedness challenges faced by manufacturers — both for incidents inside the company's four walls, such as a fire, and for natural events that could threaten a business.
Right now, online grocery is rising at an annual rate of 9.5 percent. CPG companies should carefully consider the impacts of online buying, as well as online and mobile browsing — activities that increasingly influence what consumers place in their shopping carts — whether real or virtual.
Mobile solutions have a huge potential to drastically increase the efficiency of field workers and save big money for companies in a range of industries. However, the implementation of mobile solutions is filled with pitfalls. Mikael Nilebacke, Managing Director of Erisma Technologies, gives his best advice on how to succeed.
It’s easy to forget about those unique situations in which unlikely insects and unlikely insect attractants can lead to increased pest activity. Specifically during the fall, there are a number of pest activity scenarios that can take facility managers by surprise.
Indirect expenses include areas such as HR, benefits, IT, capital equipment and other goods and services that do not go into the finished product. These costs represent a large area of spending — and a significant opportunity for savings.
Recently, smart marketers from other industries such as suppliers and consumer brands have started embracing personalizing interactions for their customers. These marketers are incorporating the fundamentals used in retail today to increase engagement and revenue.
Global shifts in costs, processes and consumer purchasing habits put the U.S. in a position to revitalize its manufacturing sector and enhance businesses and industry at home. The only thing missing is enough skilled workers to maintain the momentum.
Obamacare is the most dramatic restructuring of our nation’s healthcare system since the inception of Medicare and Medicaid in the 60s, and it will force American manufacturers to make some major decisions about how they manage their employees’ benefits.
Every business wants to increase its sales and decrease its costs while improving customer service and retention. But when seeking expenses to cut, manufacturing and distribution companies often overlook the costs of payment transactions.
General Mills’ Cedar Rapids, Iowa plant had successfully used pallet flow and pushback rack systems, but ongoing growth, product changes and long use required a storage system update that would safely add capacity to their existing facility.
I admit to joining the ranks of the many who feel the word “innovation” is overused. Real innovation does not represent adding simple upgrades to existing products, or developing products to compete with others. Real innovation is developing something no one else dreamed of.
U.S. food and drink producers spend billions of dollars each year in downtime, increased energy bills and the early renewal of capital equipment caused by hard water limescale blocking lines and leaving calcium carbonate deposits on water fed equipment.
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the fifth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 53rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Report On Business.
Consumers should not be misled by intentionally false or misleading labels. But if the ultimate goal of consumer protection statutes and class action litigation is advancement of consumers’ best interests, should we all have to pay higher prices for products because of the way some purchasers allegedly interpret words such as “natural”?
More than two years since the Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law, the FDA has issued the requisite regulations to implement its proactive mandate. While these regulations are still in the proposed stage, it would be wise for food manufacturers to learn them in advance of their finalization and begin these preventative measures.
Not only are retrofits expensive, but if new equipment is not sized and sequenced effectively, it can significantly affect your energy costs. To avoid these issues, here are four budget considerations to address when designing your plant’s mechanical system.
Having worked in the industrial automation space over the course of my career, I can only imagine the impact that real-time, social intelligence can have on the roles of plant managers, supervisors and operators, if data from their machines and processes is fed to their mobile devices and smartphones.
According to a survey by Monster.com, workers in U.S. manufacturing generally are unhappy with their current positions, for a variety of reasons, and are more likely to be actively searching for different work, be it at another plant, or another industry.