Silence can help leaders emphasize their points during meetings and earn respect by allowing employees to think for themselves and take charge, Avery Blank writes. During negotiations, not speaking can potentially push the other party to fill the silence with valuable information.
Praxair and Linde have established a deadline two years away to complete their merger, though the expected close date is in the second half of next year. The US is considered a key test of the merger's viability.
A.M. Castle filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, along with a repayment plan. Creditors listed in the filing can elect to get paid, become shareholders or both.
Third-party logistics providers should add value to the shipping process in addition to data implementation and interpretation, writes Andrew Lynch of Zipline Logistics. Shippers who realize that data can help them predict trends improve their ability to solve problems and innovate, he writes.
Manufacturers can use robotics to their advantage through a six-point framework offered by Boston Consulting Group. Integrating robotics "requires rethinking and fundamentally altering staffing levels, product mix, manufacturing footprint, and other aspects of the business model," BCG analysts write.
Daily huddles are a staple of the lean approach but can hurt morale and productivity if they're conducted poorly, writes Larry Fast of Pathways to Manufacturing Excellence. Always conduct huddles as "stand-up" meetings and remain focused on that day's priorities, Fast writes.
Augmented reality can help manufacturers and other industrial users create more detailed prototypes than physical testing, writes Greg Cline. Building information modelling is another example of how AR is already being used, he writes.
US business costs for logistics in 2016 were lower as a percentage of gross domestic product, the first reduction since 2009, according to the 28th annual State of Logistics report. "The declines reflect overcapacity, slack volumes, and rate pressures in several sectors, even as demand and prices rose in others," the report said.
Warehouse-execution systems inform suppliers about orders, inventory and resource management in a way warehouse-management systems can't, said Mike Dunn of Fortna. WES is one reflection of the way distribution centers' technology stacks are changing.