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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...

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...

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...

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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.

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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.     

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.

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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.

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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.

Coming Soon to the US: Cuba Libre, With Real Cuban Rum

December 23, 2014 8:45 am | by JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Relaxed limits on what licensed U.S. travelers can bring home mean that Americans will be able to enjoy small quantities of the liquor at home. But, with the embargo still in place, the rum won't be flooding bars or the market.   

US Dairy Industry Praises Outcome of Talks with China on Cheese Name Issue

December 22, 2014 10:45 am | by International Dairy Foods Association | News | Comments

The favorable outcome of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meetings should facilitate export of products like feta and parmesan cheese to China, which is a particularly large and fast-growing market for U.S. dairy products.

Perky Jerky Expands Distribution Into Asian Markets

December 18, 2014 10:30 am | by Perky Jerky | News | Comments

Perky Jerky landed in more than 220 high-end specialty retailers and supermarkets across Japan and South Korea in October 2014, with plans to be in China by January 2015. Its American ultra-premium turkey jerky line has experienced strong sales in its first several weeks in both Japan and Korea.

McDonald's in Japan Limits Serving Size of Fries

December 17, 2014 2:30 pm | by ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's in Japan began rationing its fries Wednesday. It said prolonged labor negotiations with port workers on the West Coast have made it difficult to meet demand despite an emergency airlift of 1,000 tons of processed spuds and an extra shipment from the U.S. East Coast by sea.

Achieving End-to-End Supply Chain Efficiency With Color Labeling

December 16, 2014 10:00 am | by Andy Scherz, Senior Product Manager, Epson America | Articles | Comments

Retailers continue to put pressure on manufacturers to escalate production efficiency in order to enhance customer service though faster shipping to stores or home deliveries and personalized products. Warehouses have expanded well beyond the traditional product fulfillment function.

6 Key Predictions For Manufacturing in 2015

December 15, 2014 1:10 pm | by John Zegers, Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

The recent past has been particularly painful, with economic downturns driving manufacturing overseas to take advantage of lower labor costs, and a generally depressed level of manufacturing activity becoming the norm. However, there’s good news to share.

4 Ways to Better Manage Your Food Distribution Warehouse

December 11, 2014 10:20 am | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Industrial Equipment | Articles | Comments

Warehousing can be a rather complex business and one area in which this is especially true is in the food distribution business.  Read on to discover four essential ways you can better manage your food distribution warehouse.  

Infographic: The Importance of Forklift Safety

December 9, 2014 11:20 am | by National Positions and Lift Truck Capacity Calculator | News | Comments

Forklifts in a warehouse are a vital part of any operation. Whether you require one to move boxes of products, pallets or other storage equipment, these machines are an indispensable part of smooth warehouse operations.        

Is it Time to Go Green in Your Warehouse?

December 9, 2014 9:15 am | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon | Articles | Comments

Sometimes the simple phrase of “going green” can seem overwhelming. After all, where do you start? Where can you see the most significant impact? There are many ways in which you can go green in your warehouse. Below are just a few ways you can get started.

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