SpartanNash reported second-quarter net earnings of $21 million on $1.9 billion in consolidated revenue, both increases over the year-earlier period. The company also named Mark Shamber as chief financial officer.
United Rentals will acquire Neff in a deal worth $1.3 billion, outbidding H&E Equipment Services and paying that firm $13.2 million to drop its bid. The deal is expected to close before year's end.
Delivering packages in an optimal way can quickly become complex and complicated, with factors including distance, packaging specifics and driver availability, writes Jamie Condliffe. Algorithms can untangle some of the complexity, but delivery firms are being asked to account for new variables such as carbon dioxide emissions.
Business-to-business sales practices have evolved as customers' expectations have changed, Tom Kaneshige writes. Kaneshige highlights three industry leaders' strategies, such as General Electric's focus on collaboration and data-enhanced forecasting to achieve its goal of shortening the sales cycle.
Manufacturers who eliminate barriers between design and production functions can see more satisfied employees and higher profits, writes Mike Lynch of CNC Concepts. Manufacturers can lack empathy for the pressures design faces, and design sometimes can't comprehend the difficulties unusual design elements create, he writes.
Industrial control systems often run continuously, which conflicts with the usual pattern of taking a system offline for patches and leaves these systems particularly vulnerable, according to a report by the SANS Institute. The report notes that four of every 10 respondents reported poor visibility into their own networks.
Manufacturers who produce 3D prototypes instead of on-screen demonstrations play a part in nurturing acceptance of 3D printing, writes AJ Perez of NVBOTS. Wider availability of quality materials, automation and market forces will help 3D printing gain acceptance, he writes.
This article shares the example of a German manufacturer of knitting-machine parts, whose robot tested guide plates and needed to be mobile and able to be reprogrammed automatically. To make such Industry 4.0 applications work, a strong communications process is needed, Toni Hauert writes.
Product lifecycle management solutions can be as useful to small- and medium-sized enterprises as they are to large manufacturers, writes Chuck Cimalore of Omnify Software. SMEs can gain clear insight into customer preferences through PLM, but have to learn to see negative feedback as a building block, he writes.
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