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us manufacturing workers

We’ve got a real problem on our hands in America. A gap’s growing between US manufacturing workers set to retire in the next 10 to 15 years and those on the other end of the spectrum. Despite the exciting and innovative things happening in the industry, millennials’ outdated perception of shop-floor jobs is increasingly precluding them from following the career path.

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More than two years since I have been reading day in and day out about the US Manufacturing Renaissance theme. At that time, I started noticing initial signs of a pick-up in domestic manufacturing driven by both a return of formerly outsourced production (reshoring) and an expansion in goods for export. This trend was being driven by a number of factors, although headwinds to a resurgence of U.

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According to the IDC Manufacturing Insights Report for 2014, the two main things manufacturers need to focus on over the next year is technology and operations. Those two words loud and clear state the real focus for manufacturers is efficiency. One of these efficiencies manufacturers need to focus on, since it makes up for the average company are. 7.87% of sales and $56.

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manufacturing revival

Each and every morning I fire up my RSS reader, Feed.ly (great platform, and I highly recommend it as a replacement to the now dead Googld Reader), and I categorically read about Transportation, Logistics, Supply Chain, Distribution, Freight, and of course, the core and heart of and the reason those other industries exist….Manufacturing.

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lower freight costs

Most companies do a reasonably good job controlling costs in the outbound freight area. This responsibility usually rests in the shipping department, where shippers take pride in getting the lowest price.  However, there are ways to lower freight costs which may be overlooked that don’t depend on the negotiated freight rates with your carriers.

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freight broker job description

What does it take to be a freight broker these days? While the requirements in the industry have gotten tougher over the years, there are still good signs that it is a profitable business to be in. Plus, a recent influx of tech innovations have changed the rules of the brokering game and made it easier.