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Amazon's On-Demand Manufacturing Sends Tremors Through Supply Chain

Amazon's On-Demand Manufacturing Sends Tremors Through Supply Chain

If Amazon's latest clothing manufacturing plans become a reality, air cargo companies could stand to lose billions in revenues. Last week, the e-commerce giant was awarded a patent for a localized manufacturing setup that eliminates much of the traditional supply chain, bringing manufacturing... »


Wal-Mart Wants Suppliers to Eliminate a Gigaton of Greenhouse Gases by 2030

Wal-Mart Wants Suppliers to Eliminate a Gigaton of Greenhouse Gases by 2030

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., long known for squeezing its suppliers on prices, is now pressuring companies including Unilever and Colgate-Palmolive Co. to help the world's biggest retailer remove a billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from its supply chain by 2030. »


GE Keeps Its Checkbook Handy After All-in Bet on 3-D Printing

General Electric Co. shook up the 3-D printer market last year by laying down more than $1bn on two acquisitions. Turns out that may be just the beginning. »


To Reduce Losses, Marine Insurance Group Suggests Testing Seafarers

North P&I Club is subsidizing the cost of an online seafarer evaluation program, part of a loss prevention effort that targets "officer quality and culture." »


Gaming the System: How One Manufacturing Company Saved Itself With Radical Transparency

Gaming the System: How One Manufacturing Company Saved Itself With Radical Transparency

There are three basic conditions if you want to work for Jack Stack, and they go for everybody from senior executives down to the people who clean his company's bathrooms. The first is you have to learn how to read and understand the company's financials, the second is you really have to believe... »


Nonprofit Linked to PhRMA Rolls Out Campaign to Block Drug Imports

A nonprofit organization that has orchestrated a wide-reaching campaign against foreign drug imports has deep ties to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, the powerhouse lobbying group that includes Eli Lilly, Pfizer and Bayer »


Wal-Mart Brings Price War to Groceries, Boosting Pressure on Big Food Retailers

Wal-Mart Brings Price War to Groceries, Boosting Pressure on Big Food Retailers

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s fight to defend its low-cost reputation is helping to extend the longest food-price decline in decades. »


Target Agrees to Phase Out Use of Polystyrene Packaging

Target has announced it will begin to phase out use of polystyrene foam packing in its e-commerce operations. »


Food Manufacturing in Chicago Gets a Boost

Food Manufacturing in Chicago Gets a Boost

Chicago has been a food and beverage manufacturing hub since the days when James Kraft delivered cheese by horse and buggy and the newborn National Biscuit Company went on a bakery-buying bender. In 1914, the city became "hog butcher to the world" and "stacker of wheat" in Carl Sandburg’s poem.... »


Buyers Prioritise Track Record Over Innovation, Study Says

One in 20 buyers prioritise innovation when choosing a supplier, a survey of procurement professionals has found. »


Persistent, Positive Shift in Dry Bulk Market

Maritime Strategies International (MSI) has forecast a positive short term outlook for dry bulk freight rates, but has cautioned on second half prospects. MSI notes a persistent and positive shift in dry bulk market sentiment in recent weeks, with most Baltic indices at their highest point of the... »


Post-Brexit Customs Checks a 'Catastrophe' for UK Shipping

The introduction of physical customs checks following Brexit would be a catastrophe for British ports and shipping and would likely reduce the volume of trade, the head of the sector's UK industry body said. »


Arkansas Execution Plan Is a Major Test for Drug Secrecy Measures

Arkansas Execution Plan Is a Major Test for Drug Secrecy Measures

If Arkansas succeeds in executing multiple inmates by the end of the month, despite several setbacks in court, it will show that states have found an effective way of repelling some legal challenges that have thwarted or delayed executions in recent years. »


Norway to Build Mile-Long Freight Ship Tunnel

Norway is to build the world's largest tunnel for ships, having granted permission for a 1.7km (1 mile) passageway to be burrowed under a rocky peninsula in the north west of the country. »


UPS Adds 400 Dangerous Commodities to Its Fly List

UPS is heading into the "danger zone," saying it is ready to handle a wider range of higher-risk goods. The express giant is now allowing an additional 400 "dangerous" commodities onto its global air network, as well as increasing the size of allowable shipment. The company is also adding more than... »


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