KFC is trying to connect with charities to minimize the amount of chicken it must waste as a result of recent store closures in the UK, but some charities were not willing to immediately accept the product because of food safety concerns. Meanwhile, KFC is working with DHL and Quick Service Logistics to determine why the shortage that led to the closures occurred in the first place.
W.W. Grainger's KeepStock inventory-management system represents almost 10% of the company's overall business, with more than 65,000 installed devices in the US, say Brian Norris and James Finn of Grainger. Managed MRO is a data-enhanced version in use by five companies to reduce costs through comprehensive management of all suppliers.
March 15 is the deadline for businesses to decide whether they wish to be categorized as pass-through or C corporations for 2018, and the decision takes on new facets with the new tax law. "Pass-throughs, for instance, are likely to be more attractive to business owners who expect to sell soon because gains from the sale of a C corporation may be subject to tax at both the corporate and individual level," writes Ruth Simon.
Essendant is restructuring this year after posting fourth-quarter and full-year losses on lower sales in each period. The company's industrial supplies segment did increase sales by 11% in the fourth quarter.
Autonomous shipping and trucking along with drone delivery will disrupt the supply chain as they draw closer to widespread implementation, writes B. Cameron Gain. Considerations preventing more rapid deployment include regulatory issues, the need to reconfigure product transition areas and concerns about job displacement, he writes.
Mobile applications work best when they are designed for simplicity and tested thoroughly, Chris Jones of Descartes writes. Provide extensive training, and link mobile-app usage to compensation, he recommends.
The boundary between automotive manufacturers and original equipment manufacturers has become less distinct as suppliers have become more involved in parts design, MForesight reports. Challenges of the classification referred to as "Tier 0.5" suppliers include intellectual property definitions and pricing ambiguity.
A multinational bakery slashed manufacturing time by 50% and cut labor costs by 25% when it supplemented a fixed mixing system featuring an intermediate bulk container, writes Dan Ruble of Matcon Americas. High-volume mixers with fast blend times are sometimes less efficient than container-based blending.
Security of the connected automobile supply chain must start before the factory floor with semiconductors, says Ranjeet Khanna of Entrust Datacard. Create a "birth certificate" for every semiconductor to provide component identity and cryptographic protection, Khanna recommends.
Industrial control systems should be continuously assessed for vulnerabilities and firmware upgrades promptly installed, among other measures to reduce the likelihood of industrial cyberattacks, Eddie Habibi of PAS Global writes. Habibi provides an example of how easy it can be to bypass perimeter security and learn an organization's process control networks to disrupt production.
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