Forced Monkey Coconut Labor, Deere Move Jobs to Mexico, Jeep Tips Over | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 71

Also on the podcast, companies sanctioned for sending blueprints to China, Target is canceling orders, pink slips reach all time low, shopping malls converted into distribution hubs and senators weigh in on CNH strike.

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In each episode, we discuss the five biggest stories in manufacturing, and the implications they have on the industry moving forward. This week:

Target is Canceling Orders from Suppliers

American spending has shifted and now Target is canceling orders, mostly for home goods and clothing. 

3 U.S. Companies Sanctioned for Sending Blueprints to China

On Wednesday, three U.S. companies were accused of sending blueprints and technical drawings for satellites, rocket technology and other defense prototypes to China. 

Deere Moves Production to Mexico Amid Tight Labor Market

Labor market struggles have proven to be too much for Deere & Co., so the company is moving some production to Mexico.

Jeep Tips Over for Second Time in Crash Test

A Jeep Wrangler had a hiccup during a crash test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). During a "small overlap crash test" a 2022 model tipped onto its side. 

Walmart Pulls Coconut Milk Amid Forced Monkey Labor Allegations

Walmart is the latest major retailer to drop Chaokoh coconut milk brand after allegations of forced monkey labor.

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Shopping Malls Are Being Converted into Micro-Distribution Hubs

Fillogic takes underutilized spaces, primarily shopping malls, and converts them into tech-enabled micro-distribution hubs. 

Pink Slips Hit All-Time Low

The U.S. Dept of Labor recently released data that underscores the challenges facing businesses when it comes to worker retention. Worker shortages have gotten so severe, employers appear to be actively avoiding terminating existing employees. 

Senators Urge CNH Industrial to Offer Striking Workers More

Are we going to see more of this? And do striking workers need to be careful that CNH doesn’t pull a John Deere?

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