Are Manufacturing Sectors in the U.S. in an Upswing or Falling from Grace?
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Are Manufacturing Sectors in the U.S. in an Upswing or Falling from Grace?

Are we loosing or gaining momentum in the manufacturing sector here in the U.S.? If you ask the Institute for Supply Management, things are looking pretty good. They stated recently that their PMI, or Report on Business, climbed 0.3 percent totaling out at 55.7 percent in the month of August, reaching its highest peak of…

New Report on Non-Manufacturing Economic Growth Shows Increasingly Positive Signs
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New Report on Non-Manufacturing Economic Growth Shows Increasingly Positive Signs

More good news on the economic front shows growth and strength even outside the encouraging sector of manufacturing. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM has released their Non-Manufacturing Report on Business indices since January 2008. August of this year showed some of the highest readings since the report was launched. The indices used to measure…

Trucking is a Wide Open Field for Job Seekers, But Few Seekers are Takers

Trucking is a Wide Open Field for Job Seekers, But Few Seekers are Takers

With so many people looking for jobs, it’s amazing that the demand for truck drivers is so high. The oil and gas sectors are gaining momentum, leaving the need for truckers soaring. Companies are desperate to find certified drivers. Now that the older generations are retiring; there aren’t enough new graduates for the business.

Several Market Indicators Predict Strong Growth in U.S. Manufacturing
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Several Market Indicators Predict Strong Growth in U.S. Manufacturing

Several economists and market analysts are predicting strong growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector as the country leads the rest of the world out of the deep recession which has nearly crippled growth in most developed nations over the past several years. The Institute for Supply Management index rose to 55.7 percent during the month…

The Future of Warehouses & Distribution Centers Heading Toward 2018

The Future of Warehouses & Distribution Centers Heading Toward 2018

Motorola Solutions has released a new report entitled, “Warehousing 2018: From Cost Center to Growth Center” wherein they define and predict the changes expected in the industry. Among their predictions, distribution centers are expected to get bigger, while the use of cross docking and task interleaving is expected to be on the rise. The report was…

Seatbelt Use the Single Biggest Safety Issue Facing Truckers

Seatbelt Use the Single Biggest Safety Issue Facing Truckers

Operating a big rig is a dangerous endeavor. On average, 905 truckers die each year for a ratio of 27 trucker deaths for every 100,000 drivers. Truckers account for about 12 percent of all traffic fatalities. According to numerous research reports, truckers can reduce their chances of dying in a crash by 50 percent if…

Report Predicts Further Growth of U.S. Export Market
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Report Predicts Further Growth of U.S. Export Market

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) released a new report based on the group’s research last September. The new report, entitled “Behind the American Export Surge: the U.S. as One of the Developed World’s Lowest Cost Manufacturers,” predicts the U.S. has already started to see gains in manufacturing over competitive nations in Europe and Japan, and…

World’s Largest Retailer Speaks Candidly to Suppliers

World’s Largest Retailer Speaks Candidly to Suppliers

Supply Chain Digest reporter Derek Ridenoure recently chatted with Wal-Mart supply chain executives Zach Simpson and Darren Robbins about what they see as the biggest challenges in finding vendors to meet their ever-growing needs. According to the duo, vendors are focused on the wrong things when they make product pitches to giant retailers such as Wal-Mart….

Risky Supply Chain Practices Lead to Higher Insurance Premiums and Difficult to Obtain Coverage

Risky Supply Chain Practices Lead to Higher Insurance Premiums and Difficult to Obtain Coverage

In a business climate that’s is trying to operate globally amidst security issues, political and social unrest, natural disasters, and other factors that lead to supply chain break downs, certain types of specialty business insurance is becoming harder to get, and even harder to pay for. This includes coverage such as business continuity insurance, according…