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Q&A: The Under-Representation of Women in Manufacturing

October 24, 2014 | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Allison Grealis, founder and executive director of Women in Manufacturing, talks about the under-representation of women in manufacturing, why this occurs and what companies can do to balance out their workforce.         

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Survey Shows Growing Preference For 'Made in USA'

October 30, 2014 11:01 am | by Jolie Darrow

A renewed interest in “Buying American” seems to be approaching its greatest peak in popularity since the 1940s (amidst the frenzy of WWII). But it was only recently that we realized to what extent the “Buy American” movement has resurged in the American consciousness.

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Why Your Manufacturing Facility is Worth More Than You Think

October 29, 2014 12:33 pm | by Scott W. Sims, Senior Vice President, Allegiance Capital Corporation

For several years now, the prevailing position of manufacturing executives was to strategically locate plants across mainland China. “Offshoring,” as it was aptly labeled, was originally driven by China’s competitive advantage relative to the U.S.

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Alleviating Shipping Capacity Crunch

October 29, 2014 10:21 am | by Legion Logistics, LLC

How can small businesses keep from spending all their precious pennies on shipping? One of the most obvious choices is to avoid shipping products by truck as much as possible.                     

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Keep Fall Pests in Your Sights

October 28, 2014 3:27 pm | by Ron Harrison, Ph.D, Director of Technical Services, Orkin, LLC

Pests may try to get into your food processing facility looking for places to survive the winter. They usually go into hiding where no one can see them, which means they often go unnoticed and forgotten until emerging, looking to get back outside when spring rolls around. 

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Workforce Management in the Cloud Becomes a Competitive Advantage

October 27, 2014 10:50 am | by Vicki Bergendal

A cloud-based workforce management system can automate the entire timekeeping and payroll process to save time and increase productivity.                               

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Keep Your Equipment Up to Date For Efficiency

October 24, 2014 9:36 am | by Scott McNeill

Many manufacturing companies operate on thin margins, so wringing every drop of efficiency out of your equipment is crucial to profitability. This is especially important in food manufacturing, where consumers are often price sensitive.    

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The 3 Primary Sources of Food and Packaging Waste

October 24, 2014 8:45 am | by Keith Yeater

According to a recent study of American grocery shoppers, there is a growing concern about how much food is being wasted. People are reportedly more concerned about food waste than air pollution, water shortages, climate change and genetically modified foods. 

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Steps to Achieving an Efficient and Temperature Controlled Loading Dock

October 24, 2014 8:20 am | by Michael Brittingham

Starting from outside the temperature controlled loading dock and moving our way in, let’s take a look at some technologies and equipment available to address safety concerns and ensure that your operation remains highly productive.    

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Social Exploration: Discovering the Person Behind the Purchase

October 23, 2014 10:51 am | by Will McInnes, CMO, Brandwatch

As the power of the consumer grows, many brands are struggling to capture a holistic understanding of who that person is, what he/she cares about, and how he/she makes purchasing decisions. Thoughtful use of social media leads to a better understanding of the person behind the purchase and a strengthened relationship with the consumer.

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Manufacturing eCommerce and the New Professional Online Consumer

October 23, 2014 10:31 am | by Sean Cook

The need to address evolved hyper connected self-service customers online, especially in the less prominent B2B and manufacturing landscape, is further driven by the fact that 34 percent of savvy consumers switched suppliers in order to make a purchase online.

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Q&A: Trends and Topics in the Candy World

October 22, 2014 11:03 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor

Food Manufacturing spoke with Larry Wilson of the National Confectioners Association about trends and topics in the candy and confections sector of the food manufacturing industry. As taste palates and demographics continue to shift, candy manufacturers are increasingly adding more flavorful and exotic herbs and spices.

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Using Automation to Leverage Existing Assets, Accommodate Growth

October 22, 2014 10:43 am | by Gary Frank

By retrofitting your warehouse with the right automation technology, you can easily leverage your existing assets and real estate to accommodate growth. Retrofitting opens the door for many new opportunities and benefits that new construction would not provide. 

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The Role of Cloud-Based ERP in Reshoring Manufacturing

October 21, 2014 4:20 pm | by Pat Garrehy, CEO, Rootstock

The migration of manufacturing to offshore locations became a flood in the first decade of the 21st century as nearly 6 million manufacturing jobs left America for China and other Asian countries.               

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3 Tips for Moving Operations Management to the Cloud

October 21, 2014 4:12 pm | by Ralf Suerken

While moving manufacturing operations management to the Cloud may be the ultimate objective, manufacturers today face daunting challenges in their current operations, as well as obstacles in making the leap to the Cloud.        

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Can Paid Internships Help to Bridge the Gap in Manufacturing?

October 20, 2014 3:26 pm | by Megy Karydes, Communications Consultant for IIE

For small to medium-sized manufacturers willing to open their shop doors and let the youth from their community in, it’s an opportunity to teach them skills they can use both within their manufacturing firm and beyond while also helping to reduce the unemployment rate locally.

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A Holistic Approach to Loading Dock Safety, Security and Productivity

October 20, 2014 3:19 pm | by Troy Bergum, Rite-Hite Corporation

According to the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, approximately 100 workers are killed and 95,000 injured every year while operating forklifts. Many of these accidents are related to turnovers or when a forklift operator drives off the dock.

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Manufacturers Gear Up For More Energy Efficiency

October 20, 2014 11:08 am | by Wayne Kovach

The Better Plants Program recently recognized 11 manufacturers for their efforts in reducing energy consumption. The energy-efficiency based government initiative enrolls businesses that commit to reducing their energy intensity by 25 percent over a ten-year span. 

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Here's What Marketers Should Learn About Generation Alpha

October 20, 2014 11:01 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President,Tetra Pak Inc.

Generation Alpha — children born since 2010 — will be the most highly educated, diverse and technologically proficient yet. Since they are still very young, though, their consumption patterns are being shaped by their socially, ecologically and budget-conscious Millennial parents. 

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Small Brands, Big Profits With Smart Packaging

October 17, 2014 2:46 pm | by Michael Bialko

In this era where vast resources and heavy advertising play increasingly critical roles in generating a competitive advantage, creating a level playing field on the store shelf, at the point of sale, can make all the difference to a small or local brand.

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The Risks of Neglecting Supply Chain EHS Performance

October 17, 2014 2:26 pm | by Paul Leavoy

As EHS regulations and best practices become more comprehensive and expansive, we’re seeing a new imperative in managing EHS supply chain performance. No longer is it acceptable to simply manage EHS performance within your own organization. 

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