UPS is charging more for deliveries made between Nov. 19 and Dec. 3 and from mid-December through Christmas. Retailers are dealing with this by turning to other delivery options and offering "no hurry shipping" options to consumers.
The US International Trade Commission this week recommended that the Trump administration impose import tariff rates on large residential washing machines over the 1.2-million-unit threshold. Such tariffs could benefit Whirlpool, a domestic manufacturer, in challenging LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics.
AmerisourceBergen will pay $815 million for pharmaceutical distributor H. D. Smith with the exception of its Triplefin and Arete Pharmacy Network subsidiaries, according to an announcement. The deal is scheduled to close next year if it meets regulatory and other conditions.
The first step in utilizing a transportation management system is reviewing existing contracts and rates, writes Leon Kohlen. Consistently look for cost savings at every step of the implementation process, he writes.
Piezoelectric sensors help manufacturers reduce costs through inline monitoring, writes Matthias Giese of Kistler Instrumente AG. "[S]ensor technology based on the piezoelectric principle delivers a remarkable increase in process reliability within a company's production chain, coupled with a sustained improvement in productivity, opening up the way to zero-defect production and maximized process efficiency," he writes.
Reliability program implementations are most successful with management support, Mobius Institute CEO Jason Tranter says. Make the case in terms of dollars, and test it with a small project before trying to go big.
Cyberthreats to packaging facilities include ransomware and attacks on industrial control systems, and attackers are becoming more clever and sophisticated in their methods.
Manufacturers need to protect data leaving their networks from being stolen or manipulated, writes Tim Bandos of Digital Guardian. Establish data egress policies and enforce firewall rules, he recommends.
DuPont Sustainable Solutions takes hazards and looks to quantify them by associating an activity and its annual frequency, including near-misses. Take those incidents and define the potential consequences, then allocate resources to the risks most in need of mitigation.
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