Adidas is launching an initiative to remove slavery from its supply chain by encouraging workers to speak up. The company has worker hotlines to call or to text questions and concerns, but it also has created apps for anonymously reporting concerns.
Ingram Micro has expanded in software development and cloud storage since being purchased by HNA Group in 2016. Global distribution is still Ingram Micro's core business, said Ingram CEO Alain Monie, but the business plan also includes life-cycle services, cloud computing and delivery execution.
The abundance of mobile devices and the potential of virtual reality are two factors driving Tech Data's strategy, say executives Simon Coldwell and Andy Dow. "The ever-evolving demands of e-commerce and heightened expectations -- from both vendors and retailers -- means that there is a need for us to be even more agile and flexible," Coldwell says.
In a deal worth $512 million, Lowe's will buy Maintenance Supply Headquarters, a distributor of maintenance, repair and operations products. Maintenance Supply Headquarters mostly supplies companies working on multifamily properties.
Price is becoming less important than relationships for customers choosing distributors, according to an Industrial Distribution survey. For employee retention, survey respondents cited tactics including pay, training and benefits.
Factors such as US infrastructure spending are critical supply-chain considerations, said global managers who responded to a TBM Consulting Group/Aberdeen study. "Regardless of approach, however, nearly every executive surveyed in the TBM/Aberdeen study was concerned about whether their process capabilities are sufficient to weather the changes ahead," Ken Koenemann writes.
Prioritizing maintenance through asset performance management can improve Industry 4.0 initiatives, writes Dan Miklovic of LNS Research. Benefits of APM include an easier time integrating the industrial internet of things and digital twins, Miklovic writes.
Caterpillar is transforming its service model by applying industrial internet of things applications, augmented reality and virtual reality, Terri Lewis said. It's important to understand the resource, skill, time and cost requirements of such technology before starting, she noted.
Sub-metering won't save you anything unless you plan the right way, writes Ed Birch of the Strategic Energy Group. Start with a few key energy-wasting machines and hold people accountable for results, expanding as prudent, Birch writes.
Manufacturers are vulnerable to cyberattacks because their equipment and software are so valuable and rely on rapid movement of data. This article describes how manufacturers can assess security flaws related to targeted and untargeted attacks.
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