An effective internet of things ecosystem requires the right technology, care for privacy concerns and strong relationships, Samuel Greengard writes. "A starting point is to understand that business and IT leaders must work in new, more collaborative ways to identify where value exists," he writes.
CDP's forest supply chain initiative will add several major companies to its deforestation efforts, including Johnson & Johnson, L'Oreal and McDonald's. The companies will work with key suppliers to learn how they are tackling deforestation risks.
A supply chain talent report from Supply Chain Insights found that while those in this career have a high level of job satisfaction, diversity continues to be a concern, writes Lora Cecere, founder and CEO of Supply Chain Insights. The need for diversity, with more women-focused programs, could help bring different views and experiences to the industry.
A House tax committee received mixed messages from business leaders Tuesday on the desirability for a border adjustment tax on imported goods. Target CEO Brian Cornell said the tax would shift the burden from large corporations to individual taxpayers, while former Wal-Mart CEO William Simon said the tax would help keep and create manufacturing jobs in the US.
Make security patches a priority and reassure team members that a rollback plan will protect them from risk to improve network security, advises Michael Foster of The Foster Institute. Limiting access to only critical roles limits vulnerability, Foster says.
Salespeople face increased distractions from technology and constant communication, but they can better manage their time with targeted scheduling and grouping tasks, writes Paul Reilly of Reilly Sales Training. Shorter timelines can help you focus and avoid procrastination, he writes.
Milwaukee Tool's Greenwood, Miss., facility focuses on production quality and research, as well as how employees are doing, Rachelle Blair-Frasier writes. "What are [customer] frustrations, what's working for them, how can we make our products better and what's the competition doing?" asks product manager Ryan Rudzinski.
Cartonization technologies can improve cost-effectiveness through the use of algorithms that assess how stock-keeping units will occupy virtual space and other factors, Pierbridge CEO Bob Malley writes.
Hybrid manufacturing is a single platform capable of combining additive and subtractive techniques to improve quality while streamlining costs, said Jason Jones, CEO of Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies, who discusses some of these technologies.
Industrial internet of things devices are affecting such issues as maintenance because the concept of ownership has become vague, Jeff Kerns writes. A related trend is the availability of equipment on a subscription basis, rather than a straight sale.