Government Shutdown has Varying Effects on Manufacturing and Retail

posted on: Thursday October 10, 2013

The recent government shutdown has furloughed thousands of employees at a time of year when consumerism keeps manufacturers and retailers their busiest. The connection between the Affordable Care Act and the shutdown make the response to the impasse especially interesting in manufacturing, as the changes in health care have been an ongoing concern for manufacturers…. Read more

Manufacturing Jobs not the Biggest Reason to Grow Manufacturing in the US

posted on: Monday September 30, 2013

The manufacturing industry is back on the rise after the loss of 6 million factory jobs between 2000 and 2009. The rise has been significant (520,000 jobs since January 2010), but small compared to the hit in the first decade of the millennium. The US currently has about 11.9 million manufacturing employees – a number… Read more

Two Examples of Adaptations to Manage Growth in MMH

posted on: Friday September 20, 2013

The manufacturing industry sets the tone for the economies in most countries. Growth in this industry is therefore exciting and encouraging, but it often requires upgrades. Two successful companies that found up-to-date solutions to manage their growths are Minnesota-based Nordic Ware and Canadian drug store distribution center Value Drug Mart. The Company Consumers may recognize… Read more

Manufacturing Day – Looking from Past to Present

posted on: Tuesday September 17, 2013

The second annual Manufacturing Day is slated for October 4th, 2013. The Modern Materials Handling article “Manufacturing Day’s sponsor base adds four industry associations” stated, “Manufacturing Day is an annual national event, executed at the local level, that supports hundreds of manufacturers across the nation that host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local… Read more

Traits of World-Class Facilities in MMH

posted on: Wednesday August 21, 2013

Several years ago, Modern Handling Management started collecting information through their Annual Census of Distribution. The results gave key insights into what kinds of traits world-class facilities share. While some of their common threads are simply about company size, many of them are things that smaller companies can implement for prestige and success. As MH&L… Read more

Inland Ports and the Lean Initiative

posted on: Thursday August 15, 2013

Just-in-time operations have transformed not only the warehouse and manufacturing, but also how goods flow through US ports. While inland ports have existed for about 20 years, new ones are being designed and built to keep up with changes. The congestion that was building in seaports prompted the need to expand, but land cost and… Read more

Cutting Costs and Saving Energy with Lighting

posted on: Friday July 26, 2013

Warehouse managers everywhere are paying attention to greener ways to run their warehouses for less. Since lighting accounts for 65-70% of a warehouse’s energy bill, it’s no surprise that lighting is a major factor in cutting energy cost and usage. In addition to the impact lighting has on energy, it is also a primary factor… Read more

Good News for the Future of Manufacturing: Higher Competency in New Applicants

posted on: Saturday June 29, 2013

One of the greatest challenges facing the manufacturing industry is a lack of qualified workers. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, in 2011, about 600,000 jobs went unfilled in the industry. The Manufacturing Institute writes: “The manufacturing workforce is growing older at a greater rate than the economy as a whole and the U.S…. Read more

Promising Factors for Manufacturing

posted on: Monday June 24, 2013

The strength of our manufacturing industry signifies strength in the economy. Many sectors depend on a solid manufacturing base. News reports on the industry vary greatly – some show concerns that manufacturing is producing well below capacity. Manufacturers are also focused on the 2014 budget and the Regulatory Accountability Act. Other news reports focus on… Read more

Is US manufacturing making a major resurgence?

posted on: Wednesday June 19, 2013

One of the hot topics in manufacturing in recent years has been the possible resurgence of US manufacturing with jobs coming back to the US from China.  The term for bringing manufacturing back to the US is called “reshoring”.    After a huge outflow of jobs going to China in the earlier part 2000, we have… Read more