Day: March 10, 2006

Automated VMI Grows Up

materials, including tooling, MRO and hazmat.A 2004 study by Data Enterprise Management showed that surveyed companies with at least two years of automated VMI use had a 25 percent average increase in inventory turns, and a 31 percent average reduction in stock outs. Data Enterprise Management is part of Datalliance, which sets up software to …

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Building Products Suppliers Accused of Price-Fixing

AccusationsNorth American consumption of OSB was forecast to rise starting in late 2002, according to court documents. During 2000 and 2001, Louisiana-Pacific and its competitors had announced plans to build new OSB plants or expand existing facilities.But these plans changed. Louisiana-Pacific canceled its planned OSB facilities in the second half of 2002. Norbord suspended its …

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Off-the-Clock Cases

Inc. make clear that employees, or government agencies on their behalf, will continue to pursue these types of claims through the courts. These rulings warrant careful attention by all businesses to how compensation practices match up with the obligations to pay for time considered compensable under current interpretations of the long-standing wage-and-hour laws. Frederic Mendelsohn …

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Commentary: Approach Your Customer Relationships Strategically for a Higher ROI

As the lead article in this issue explores, customers are looking harder at their MRO practices to extract costs and manage smarter. They are now looking for return on investment in an area that was if not invisible just not typically part of a major quality or continuous improvement program. MRO was a necessary cost …

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News Digest 3605

sales of the acquired businesses, sales climbed 10.9 percent. The two businesses accounted for $6.9 million of the sales increase in the fourth quarter. Excluding sales of the two acquired businesses, sales for the fourth quarter were up 26.7 percent. More …Kaman Corp., Bloomfield, CN, reported an 11 percent sales increase to $1.1 billion for …

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Report: Manufacturing Growth Should Continue

The manufacturing sector should be able to withstand some deceleration and continue its expansion through 2007, according to the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI Quarterly Industrial Outlook, a report that analyzes 27 major industries. In a sign of consistent strength in manufacturing, fourth quarter 2005 figures show that 20 of the 27 industries tracked in the report had …

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Monthly Wholesale Trade: January 2006

January 2006 sales of merchant wholesalers, except manufacturers’ sales branches and offices, after adjustment for seasonal variations and trading-day differences but not for price changes, were $318.9 billion, up 1.0 percent from the revised December level and were up 9.3 percent from the January 2005 level. January sales of durable goods increased 1.4 percent from …

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U.S. Market Analysis: Compressors

Compressors represented a market in 2005 of $1.5 billion, according to estimates by Industrial Market Information, Minneapolis. These charts show the top ten industries, by SIC code, consuming these products; and the 2005 end-user consumption of these groups sorted by the nine government market regions.   Click Here

MDM March 10, 2006

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