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MFGWatch Survey: Supply Chain Risks, Backshoring Rise; Small Manufacturers Add Jobs, Large Manufacturers Cut
Jul 22 2010 - 8:52am
MFG.com has conducted the latest MFGWatch survey of North American manufacturers (select this link for the complete survey results and a downloadable PDF). The survey focused on their activities in...
Strike At Ports Of LA, Long Beach End, But May Not Be Over
Jul 22 2010 - 4:34am
Earlier this month, MOJO featured a post titled "Strike at Ports of Long Beach & Los Angeles - Won't Disrupt Supply Chains?" We were a bit incredulous that there were reports that those striking...
iPhone 4 Flaw: Was It Design Or A Supply Chain Issue, Too?
Jul 16 2010 - 12:46pm
There are clearly more questions than answers right now about what's caused Apple's iPhone 4 design faux pas. With a company that size and with the command & control that comes with it, that's...
Some Advice For Small Manufacturers In 'Non-Manufacturing' States
Jul 14 2010 - 1:34pm
I had a conversation yesterday with a small contract manufacturer in Colorado. The shop owner was describing the challenges he has being a discrete parts manufacturer (CNC/manual milling, turning,...
Hey Manufacturers! What Have You Cut To 'Survive'?
Jul 12 2010 - 10:44am
(NOTE 07/21/10: I just found this really interesting article from CNBC titled "Consumers Beating Manufacturers at Their Own Game." It looks at how consumers, raw from job losses, climbing costs, and...
2 Social Media Tools For Small Manufacturers
Jul 9 2010 - 10:37am
Small and even mid sized manufacturers need all the help they can get these days. Economic, government and business playing fields are shifting with the frequency of a cheap ham radio. It's hard to...
Strike at Ports of Long Beach & Los Angeles - Won't Disrupt Supply Chains?
Jul 7 2010 - 10:15am
A week-old strike by clerical workers at 2 of the 14 priminent companies serving the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles continues. Three separate negotiations have ended without resolution, and...
Reshoring On The Radio
Jul 6 2010 - 1:22pm
Harry Moser is the longtime president of Agie-Charmilles and advocate of backshoring work that can (and should) be brought back to the U.S. from costly international sources. Harry will be appearing...
Small Manufacturer Gets The Web & Social Media
Jun 22 2010 - 3:50am
One of the most significant hurdles between small manufacturers and success on the Web is the acceptance of discovery. Most want to see absolutes and guarantees before they invest. Makes sense - they...
Technology Redifines Craft And Its Value - Get Used To It
Jun 16 2010 - 4:15am
Craft is the execution of strategies that turn ideas - designs, inventions and innovation - into reality. But technology is and has always redefined the value of craft. And those changes are at the...