Supply Chain
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5/25/2017

Advance Auto Parts reported net income of about $108 million on sales of $2.89 billion in the quarter ended April 22, with both figures down from the year-ago period. Same-store sales were down 2.7%.

5/25/2017

A merger of Linde and Praxair has been agreed upon in principle, pending votes from company boards. A vote by Linde's supervisory board, which could require a tie-breaking vote from Chairman Wolfgang Reitzle, is set for next week, according to a report in the German magazine WirtschaftsWoche.

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5/25/2017

Suppliers that want to convince businesses of their enduring value should use analytics and other tools to more accurately forecast trends, write Jeff Durr and David Leonard. Omnichannel relationships are increasingly important for business-to-business suppliers.

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5/25/2017

Technology is helping manufacturers implement lean techniques without the aid of consultants, writes Eric Whitley of Leading2Lean. Cloud-based solutions can offer the standardized data collection critical to continuous improvement, Whitley writes.

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Plant Engineering
5/25/2017

Digital accelerators are being created by chief innovation officers to evade the constraints of corporate budgets and procedures, writes Clint Boulton. Vince Campisi of United Technologies says support from CEOs and boards remains critical to incubator success.

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CIO online
5/25/2017

Additive manufacturing, digitization and artificial intelligence will converge into "a manufacturing ecosystem" that will bring growth in machinery, especially in emerging markets, said Arun Kumar of AlixPartners.

5/25/2017

Using an external solution to partner third-party data insights with machine capabilities helped Elizabeth Arden reduce purchase-price variance more effectively than a solely in-house approach, writes Omer Abdullah of The Smart Cube. Benefits included better predictive-cost accuracy, Abdullah writes.

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5/25/2017

Always-on supply chain performance is a growing customer expectation and requires a great deal of coordination and collaboration, Susan Fourtane writes. Advantages include cost savings and increased productivity, she writes.

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5/25/2017

Wearable technologies, artificial intelligence and e-learning are helping the safety industry innovate and improve performance, George Beall writes. Technology combinations such as utilization of wearables to connect job sites and track safety hold the most potential, he writes.

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The Next Web
5/25/2017

Last-mile delivery remains inefficient because of factors including the complexity of routes and customized service, often costing logistics companies significantly, this article states. This long-standing problem finally could have a solution with technology such as drones and self-driving cars.

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