You Want it When?

E-commerce is growing rapidly forcing traditional retailers to close stores, increase the E-commerce side of the business, adjust the way they deliver products and make many other changes.

How is e-commerce packaging creating a waste issue?

As the world turns to online shopping for convenience, a pressing issue is developing — packaging waste. Simply recycling, however, is not the real answer. Consider the footprint the cast-offs leave behind.

Are You Asking the Right Questions?

It’s always smart to look beyond the obvious. Maybe management is asking the wrong questions. Performance improvement does not come from just doing more of the same thing.

Flying Blind?

In our supply chains, we are used to flying blind and operating with little or no visibility of inventories, shipments, and activities beyond our own warehouses. Just imagine how much more effective management could be with supply chain radar?

Will Autonomous Cars and Robots Learn “Social Graces”?

There has been much in the press about self-driving cars and how the logic built into these vehicles may adhere to traffic rules but may have trouble in the real world. The same applies to robots used in manufacturing plants and limits their use much the same way that the need to recognize the possibility of unpredictable human behavior.

The Effect of Automation on Today’s Labor

Automation continues to be a very significant factor in the loss of manufacturing jobs but there is still ample opportunity for workers to acclimate and thrive, as long as people are willing and able to change. Otherwise, it is likely that their earning potentials will unfortunately fall down the ravine of the U-shaped labor market.

3D Printing a Game-Changer?

3D printing can make a dramatic difference for manufacturing, but not in the way you might expect. Today’s 3D printing technology may not be useful for the future of high volume consumer product manufacturing, but here is an example that could ‘change the game’ in a very significant way.

Digital manufacturing apps?

Digital manufacturing is a strategy. Ideally, this comprehensive strategy for managing and sharing engineering data — product definitions, bills of materials (BOM), engineering specifications, etc. — through the entire product lifecycle can be valuable for design improvement, product support and logistics.

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