In an Accenture poll, only 11% of respondents said their companies successfully improve demand fulfillment and reduce cost. A focus on operational flexibility and digitization can help achieve both goals, writes Fronetics Strategic Advisors founder and CEO Frank Cavallaro.
Nearly 75% of industrial firms plan to digitize their supply chains by 2020, according to a survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers. Becky Cater of Proto Labs makes the argument for on-demand manufacturing as a way to improve production, reduce inventory costs and otherwise make the supply chain more efficient.
Frequency-hopping spread-spectrum technologies have been used for years in oil and natural gas, among other industries, and are gaining more notice due to their effectiveness in the industrial internet of things, writes Scott Allen of Free Wave Technologies. FHSS is secure and reliable despite rumors to the contrary, he writes.
UI Labs created a 40-hour massive open online course for students, factory workers and small and medium-sized businesses. "Manufacturers have greater access to the educators, on whom they will increasingly rely to prepare a skilled employee base, and thus gain a stronger voice in making known the qualities and experience needed to run a successful operation," said Timothy Leyh, executive director of the University at Buffalo Center for Industrial Effectiveness.
To increase enrollment in vocational training, colleges and universities must do more to boost both the reputation and gender parity of the programs, say leaders meeting at the annual American Association of Community Colleges conference. They say more partnerships with business and encouraging more women to enroll are necessary steps.
The Grobo home growing system lets consumers grow small crops of produce and herbs inside their homes using a customizable hydroponic gardening system. The system allows users with a green thumb to adjust the lighting and watering schedules via an app.
Ronco Brands is celebrating Every Kid Healthy Week this week by sharing a new nutritional, easy-to-make recipe with the public every day through April 28.
"Such a big part of encouraging children to eat nutritiously is showing them that healthy food can taste great," said head chef Paja Sanchez about the recipes.
Small appliances are selling well around the world, with sales up 3% in the US and Canada last year, according to according to GfK. Fully automatic espresso makers and kettles are among the top fastest-growing small appliances.
Kroger has chosen The Little Clinic President Colleen Lindholz to serve as president of pharmacy, replacing Philecia Avery, who left the position earlier this month. "Colleen's leadership will help bring our pharmacy and The Little Clinic teams together to advance our mission to simplify health care and create solutions that combine health, wellness and nutrition for our customers," said Robert Clark, Kroger's senior vice president of merchandising.
Cosmetics retailer Bluemercury rose to success after it moved from an exclusively e-commerce model to the physical retail sphere, offering its products in local stores rather than malls. "We're in your neighborhoods, where you live your lives, where you buy your groceries, where you get your coffee, and this has really been our strength," Chief Operating Officer Barry Beck said.