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Revamping Supply Chain Intelligence: Q&A With Bob Farrell

March 16, 2015 10:45 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Bob Farrell, CEO of Kewill, offers expert insight into the importance of transportation and warehouse management that can help manufacturers save money and maintain excellent customer relations.       

Stretch Hood Film

March 12, 2015 7:35 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Xeros stretch hood film is ideal for protecting loads from the outdoor elements while preventing...

Jelly Belly to Move Distribution Center From Wisconsin to Tennessee

March 11, 2015 12:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Candy company Jelly Belly will leave Wisconsin after 14 years and shift its distribution...

5 Emerging E-Commerce Trends in Distribution, Pt. 2

March 10, 2015 1:10 pm | by Ranga Bodla, Wholesale Distribution Lead, NetSuite | Articles | Comments

In order to deliver on customer expectations, distributors need to work even more...

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5 Emerging E-Commerce Trends in Distribution, Pt. 1

March 10, 2015 9:40 am | by Ranga Bodla, Wholesale Distribution Lead, NetSuite | Articles | Comments

Distributors are having to quickly develop an e-commerce presence or risk losing potential business and customers. They can use these five trends to compete faster and smarter.    

The State of Women in the Supply Chain

March 5, 2015 12:20 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Women make up nearly half of the U.S. labor force, yet only one-fourth of supply chain jobs. With a supply chain labor shortage continuing to grow, women remain an untapped resource.  

E-Commerce Shaping Material Handling in 2015

March 4, 2015 10:25 am | by Bob Liebe and Chris Capshaw, Division Presidents at Wynright Corporation | Articles | Comments

Just like a bespoke pair of shoes, the material handling industry is growing ever-more customized. Customer demands are changing, so the supply chain must adjust accordingly.

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Case Study: Consolidating Frozen Storage to Optimize Growth and Logistics

March 4, 2015 9:05 am | by Power PR | Articles | Comments

Drive-in rack system helps Coloma Frozen Foods expand, cut costs and improve safety.

Takeaways From Grainger Show 2015

March 4, 2015 8:10 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

During a media roundtable at the 2015 Grainger Show, CEO Jim Ryan sat down to discuss some recurring themes Grainger is seeing in the marketplace. Some of the topics Ryan says Grainger is focusing on most include...

Newest UPS & FedEx Competitor: Waffle House?

February 25, 2015 2:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new ridesharing service has an unlikely ally in its quest to enter the package delivery marketplace: Waffle House. Officials called the company's new role "a natural extension of what our restaurants are right now."

NAMI Applauds Agreement in Nine-Month West Coast Port Labor Dispute

February 23, 2015 7:15 am | by NAMI | News | Comments

The dispute and resulting slowdowns have cost the meat, poultry, hide, skin and leather industries an estimated $85 million a week. While the deal between the two sides is a crucial step to ending this slowdown, the impact will continue to be felt.

FTC Moves to Block Sysco's $3.5B Purchase of US Foods

February 20, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Antitrust regulators are challenging the $3.5 billion sale of US Foods to Sysco, saying the deal would hurt customers by reducing competition between food supply companies. Sysco Corp. agreed to buy US Foods in December 2013, saying they would create a company with $65 billion in annual revenue.

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Retailers Fret as Products Languish on Ships, Docks at Port

February 13, 2015 8:52 am | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

The critical gateways for international trade have become more like parking lots for massive cargo ships that haul a you-name-it selection of consumer goods made in Asia and return there with U.S. exports. And U.S.-produced perishables, including meat and produce, are unable to be sent to Asian consumers.

How Manufacturers Are Revolutionizing Marketing With Data-as-a-Service

February 12, 2015 10:55 am | by Anders Ekman | Articles | Comments

While manufacturers have made huge strides into the digital world, the biggest challenge continues to evolve around Big Data. Although Big Data can translate into big revenue, many companies are unable to fully utilize its potential.

Sysco, US Foods Merger Faces Skepticism, Doubts About Remedies

February 10, 2015 12:30 pm | by International Brotherhood of Teamsters | News | Comments

Consumer advocates warn that the deal merging the top two broadline foodservice distributors — the only two with national industry footprints and national customers — would eliminate a significant competitor from the broadline industry and also reduce competition.

Key Performance Indicators For the Supply Chain

February 9, 2015 10:25 am | by Jesper Lillelund | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing is an industry typified by countless unique processes and workflows. Because of this, assessing overall performance and efficiency is a complex task. Measuring the overall performance of your supply chain can be boiled down to a few key questions.

Sysco in Deal to Sell 11 Distribution Centers

February 2, 2015 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Food supply company Sysco has agreed to sell 11 distribution centers to Performance Foods Group in order to alleviate Federal Trade Commission concerns over its pending $3.5 billion acquisition of rival U.S. Foods.     

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How CALGreen is Changing Up Design, Construction Practices

January 29, 2015 10:45 am | by Sonja Antunovic-Curcic, LEED® AP BD+C | Blogs | Comments

As a food manufacturer, you should understand that CALGreen is changing the way the building industry does business. To incorporate sustainability into building construction and design, California established the California Green Building Standards Code.

Sales Channel Visibility Improves Manufacturing and Inventory Planning

January 28, 2015 1:55 pm | by Dan Blacharski | Articles | Comments

Managing extended sales channels has been a largely intuitive process, relying on ‘hip pocket’ estimates, lacking in visibility and accountability, and too often isolated from central enterprise supply chain planning.         

The Next Global Markets For US Businesses

January 27, 2015 3:15 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

The U.S. economy is surging ahead while areas like China, Europe and Russia struggle economically. In order to keep the momentum going for U.S. businesses, they’ll have to look at new global markets to expand. So where are companies aiming their focus?

Education, Bias-Breaking Keys to Women's Rise in Supply Chain

January 27, 2015 1:25 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Articles | Comments

According to a 2012 study by Deloitte, women comprise nearly half (46.6 percent) of the total U.S. labor force, yet just 24.8 percent of the durable goods manufacturing workforce. That disparity is much greater still at the executive level.

Are Distributors Partners or Customers?

January 23, 2015 8:00 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The word customer when describing the relationship between manufacturers-distributors is often not used. In fact, the word is abhorrent to some manufacturers; one manufacturer even insists that their employees refer to their distributors as “channel partners.” 

Forklift Conversion: The Key to Eco-Efficiency

January 20, 2015 7:55 am | by Brian Faust, General Manager, Douglas Battery | Articles | Comments

The material handling industry has embraced the concept of sustainability with an increasing number of warehouses and distribution centers implementing sustainable practices. The concept is a win-win proposition that, among other things, helps to lower operating costs as companies learn to be more eco-efficient.

All-Plastic Pallet

January 12, 2015 7:45 am | by ORBIS Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

The all-plastic pallet is designed to optimize the supply chain of small footprint retailers by eliminating product touches during the order replenishment process, from distribution center to store to floor. 

5 Food Processing Industry Trends for 2015

January 9, 2015 10:47 am | by Todd Allsup, VP, Food & Beverage Facility Services, Stellar | Articles | Comments

Each new year carries a fresh set of trends, opportunities and challenges. To celebrate the start of 2015, Todd Allsup of Stellar has forecasted five trends he expects to drive food manufacturing in the months ahead.     

Tracing Trends in Manufacturing, Construction: Q&A With Dan Parkinson

January 7, 2015 1:00 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

As the national economy gains momentum, industries like manufacturing are migrating South to take advantage of states' right-to-work statuses. I recently had the chance to talk about these trends with Dan Parkinson, Industrial Market Sector Leader at Brasfield & Gorrie.

Figures Show US-Cuba Trade Likely Hit Decade Low Last Year

January 5, 2015 1:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The statistics show that U.S. farmers sold slightly more than $253 million worth of food and agricultural products to Cuba in the first 10 months of 2014. If the last two months of the year reflect similar levels of sales, 2014 could be the worst year for U.S. exports to Cuba since 2004.

Elmer Chocolate Expanding Louisiana Plant

December 31, 2014 6:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company said Tuesday the 70,000-square-foot addition will make it more efficient, versatile and competitive in the marketplace. The latest expansion will bring its total plant size in Ponchatoula, including administrative headquarters and distribution facilities, to nearly 400,000 square feet.

Good Source Solutions Announces Acquisition of Dori Foods

December 24, 2014 7:45 am | by Good Source Solutions | News | Comments

Good Source Solutions, a national specialty foodservice distributor, has acquired Dori Foods, a member of Frosty Acres Brands. The combined companies create a strong national distribution platform, offering greater value and product selection for existing and new customers.

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