The U.S. has among the lowest labor costs in the industrialized world and is awash in cheap energy, making it attractive for businesses to reshore by bringing their operations back to the U.S. In a recent survey, 54 percent of executives indicated that they are planning to reshore.
Technology continues to advance and companies performing compliance the same way year after year will quickly fall behind the competitive curve and will soon find themselves with noncompliant events impacting both operations and company brand image.
With Maryland's historical spice and ingredient manufacturer, McCormick, debating moving out of state, a big question comes to mind. What's really more important: the company's history near Baltimore or the efficiency to be gained from consolidating?
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. How are educational institutions, government entities and businesses working to develop these skills?
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? Let's take a closer look at the big picture.
According to a CNNMoney poll, 6 out of 10 people believe the American Dream is out of reach. Perhaps the belief comes from the misconception of where the “good jobs” are. Maybe the manufacturing industry's best kept secret is that they're here.
One way mobile can help at work is as an aid to maintenance workers — by getting information where it’s needed and to the person who needs it, by allowing or improving communications over distances and by helping to ensure and track compliance.
We don’t need a war on “Big Food” to lower obesity rates in the U.S. We need to reevaluate our lifestyles as a culture. Overeating unhealthy food isn’t helping, but it’s also not the one-and-only culprit in the U.S. and global obesity epidemic.
The FDA has deemed the use of wooden boards in the cheese aging process unsanitary since the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), despite the fact that wooden boards have been used for hundreds of years. This will create problems for artisan cheese makers.
According to a February article in The Atlantic, if women moved into jobs in manufacturing, skilled trades, or transportation in greater numbers, they could increase their earnings by up to 30 percent. Nearly half of low income women work in low-pay industries.
The new mobile device trend can help to drive employee productivity by staying connected in the work place. Companies can use mobility as a means of exceeding customer needs, just as they have used communication platorms in the past.
Using technology that exists today can improve workflow on the shop floor by giving employees access to the data they need to do their jobs without a cumbersome process of multiple logins and credentials.
Kiersten Firquain launched a whole farm-to-school program called Bistro Kids to revamp how students eat, including menus that focus on fresh, local foods; visits from farmers; cooking lessons and school gardens. It serves 5,000 meals a day in Kansas City and St. Louis area schools.
The gap between those who make big decisions and those who make the products is pretty extreme. The executive role is shorted lived — and more demanding — but to what degree? Is the training and education, along with this added stress, worth a pay package 400 times that of the average production worker?
A small group of Milwaukee residents wants to revive part of its beer-producing history by buying Pabst Brewing Co. and returning the brand to its birthplace. Supporters consider this brand almost like a birthright. But there is another point to consider: funding.
I believe it's possible that the best are hiding from you — and that's why it's important to find ways of getting to know your peers. Even the most minimal networking can yield the kind of feedback you'd never get internally or from a customer.
Service is often a company's bread and butter. If your company is not open to letting suppliers into its plant, your competition may be. Skipping these kinds of service offerings can escalate from a missed opportunity to a threat to your competitive advantage.
Despite the title, I’m not blogging after too many drinks or while performing some satanic ritual. What I mean to say is: If you are what you eat, then you are also what your food gets its nourishment from. Two recent cases might quell your appetite.
While pink slime might leave its own bad taste in your mouth, the idea that one investigative news story can put a viable business at risk is also enough to induce vomiting. Is the media just lifting the veil on a product that is simply, by its composition, pretty off-putting? Or are they adding fuel to the fire?
For the last 15 years or so, my family and I have teased my father about his love for dairy, particularly butter. But a recent meta-analysis of health studies shows that saturated fats don't have the deleterious effects on heart health that were preached for decades. So now, along with butter, I’m eating crow.