Emulate3D Ltd.

MHI Blog -- The True Cost is a ground-breaking documentary film that tells a story about the clothing supply chain. It's about the clothes we buy, the workers who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. With the "fast fashion" phenomenon of the millennium, clothing prices have decreased while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically.

AP -- Fears escalated Monday that the global economy could struggle more than expected this year - a prospect that contributed to a plunge in financial markets.

The anxiety was heightened by reports that manufacturers extended their slumps last month in the United States and China, the world''s two largest economies. Factory activity contracted for a second straight month in the United States and for a 10th straight month in China.

The Wall Street Journal -- Retail imports at U.S. ports are declining in line with a seasonal post-holiday lull and are unlikely to grow beyond historic norms as store operators continue to cope with stubbornly high inventories, a retail group said Friday.

Beginning in November, import volumes at the nation''s major seaports fell below 1.5 million 20-foot equivalent units, a standard measure for cargo containers, according to the Global Port Tracker report by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates LLC.

Industryweek -- Regions are creating manufacturing initiatives, countries are creating policies to lure manufacturing back and prepare the next generation of talent, maker fairs show entrepreneurs and small-scale artisans how they too can design and manufacture their own products, what manufacturers sell goes well beyond the 100-year-old recipe and the mechanical drawings, and new technologies are changing the economies of scale so that large- and small-scale value chains can be successful.
Tauber Institute for Global Operations at University of Michigan
Vidir Inc.

Supplychain247 -- Trade and transport analysts see a negative international market outlook worsen, though some contend that this trend could be reversed later in the year, meanwhile, logistics managers should brace for a volatile period of rate fluctuation. 

Ebnonline -- Besides portending a possible sooner-than-expected slowdown in the U.S. economy, weak import shipping volumes and rising inventories during the peak holiday shipping season just past will likely have broad supply chain-specific implications. 
As part of MHI view's ongoing video program, this new episode focuses on: Urban Logistics and Distribution.

Driverless vehicles and drones have altered customer's delivery expectations, forcing businesses to adapt. David Johnston, senior vice president of manufacturing & distribution at JDA Software, shares how retailers can meet the new speed requirements through altering their storefront strategy and by using driverless technologies.


CNN Money -- All of a sudden the doom-and-gloom crowd has lots to crow about: China is suffering a scary slowdown, Latin America is imploding and geopolitical threats are on the rise. And the U.S. stock market is off to its worst start to a year. Ever.

Yet the optimists at Morgan Stanley believe the American economy will not only withstand this global turmoil, it may keep growing until at least 2020. That would make the much-criticized recovery from the Great Recession the longest U.S. expansion in the post-war period. 

MHI Blog -- Shark Tank''s Kevin O''Leary is the keynote speaker at MODEX 2016 on April 6 in Atlanta.

O'Leary's success story starts where most entrepreneurs begin: with a big idea and no cash. From his basement, he launched SoftKey Software Products. As sales took off, he bought out almost every one of his software competitors, including Mindscape, Broderbund and the Learning Company in the industry''s first vicious public hostile battle. Shareholders loved his take-no-prisoners, cost-cutting style and fueled him with billions to do his deals.
Western Pacific Storage Solutions, Inc.
Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute

The New York Times -- Chile is expanding its largest open-pit copper mine below the northern desert to dig up 1.7 billion additional tons of minerals, even as metal prices plummet around the globe.

India is building railroad lines that crisscross the country to connect underused coal mines with growing urban populations, threatening to dump more resources into an already glutted market.

The Wall Street Journal -- Empty warehouses are becoming endangered species. 

Real-estate brokerage CBRE Inc. reports that the availability rate for industrial property - which means warehouses and distribution centers - fell to 9.4% in the fourth quarter of 2015, capping 23 consecutive quarters of falling availability, the longest such stretch since CBRE started following it in 1989. 

MHL News -- What impact is this new generation having on the supply chain? This question was asked by eft (EyeforTransport) in their "Q1 2016 Hot Trends in Supply Chain and Logistics Report". Only around 12% of respondents representing LSPs, manufacturers, retailers and solution providers had businesses dominated by millennials.

Industryweek -- We at ResourceMFG recently conducted the first of what will be an annual Manufacturing Employee Opinion Survey. Nearly 2,500 hundred people in manufacturing-working for ResourceMFG, for our clients, or actively in the job market-completed the survey. The group represents a wide range of skill sets and geography.
Engineering Innovation
Infor Global Solution
MHI’s new Career Forum  enables manufacturing and supply chain professionals to view current job postings of MHI member companies. Go to http://www.mhi.org/careers to find the perfect opportunity for you.

Supplychain247 -- The idea that El Nino is an unmanageable source of chaos that can only be dealt with on a reactionary basis is incorrect. By Matt Castle Add Resilience to Supply Chains In the next phase of supply chain development, companies are creating ways to circumvent disruptions and minimize the impact of natural disaster.

Supplychain247 -- Trade and transport analysts see a negative international market outlook worsen, though some contend that this trend could be reversed later in the year, meanwhile, logistics managers should brace for a volatile period of rate fluctuation. 

Ebnonline -- Although OEMs may worry about the complexity of getting third-party security certifications, there are concrete solutions to every roadblock and the benefits to certification far outweigh the cost. 

MHL News -- Collins says corporate''s most successful effort has been to weaken or eliminate unions. "But I wonder if their success may come back to haunt them -- and the country -- in the future." He wonders how manufacturing will be able to attract the workers it needs (and retain them) if they are not willing to give them bargaining power.
Kinetic Technologies,Inc.



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