Apple's stated desire to be more sustainable includes having its phones last longer, which should help the iPhone resale market, writes Horace Dediu. "This means an iPhone could have three users over its life and thus it could end up expanding the audience for Apple by a factor of 2 or even 3," he writes.
Right-to-repair policies for hospital equipment would drive down health care costs by increasing competition for repairs and making maintenance and replacement less expensive, argues
Nathan Proctor. "Limited options for repair leads to longer repair timelines, causing patient backups and other logistical problems, all of which adds to the cost," he writes.
AEG has ended its partnership with StubHub, switching to its own platform and technologies for tracking and authenticating ticket resales. The company is using Mobile ID, a digital QR code that changes regularly and can't be copied, unlike a bar code.
XPO Logistics will hire 8,000 North American seasonal workers this year, beating its hiring expectations from last year.
Choosing a manufacturing supplier is one of the most important decisions a company can make, writes Jeff Schipper, director of special operations for Protolabs. He shares five models for manufacturing partnerships and shares questions that can help companies define which type of supplier they need.
Many industrial control systems suffer from vulnerabilities, such as inferior network configuration and uninformed employees, writes Indegy CEO Barak Perelman. He offers ways to mitigate or prevent several problems, with network segmentation, for example, reducing vulnerabilities associated with weak network configuration.
Automated purchasing and other digital procurement processes help with innovation and bringing products to market faster, write Coleman Radell and David Schannon of Bain & Co. "Fewer than 10% of companies have deployed procurement solutions based on key technologies such as Big Data, the Internet of Things, serverless architecture or blockchain technology, Procurement Leaders' research shows," they write.
Proof testing for safety instrumented systems comes with a number of conditions and factors to be aware of, including properly calibrated instruments, write Denise Chastain-Knight and Jim Jenkins of Exida. "Diagnostic, online and offline proof testing procedures should be well thought out and designed to maximize failure detection," they write.
Officials in Sandusky County, Ohio, will next month host an event geared toward ninth-graders, with representatives from 15 manufacturers available to discuss career opportunities.
Developers are working to transform manufacturing and industrial spaces across the country into logistics and fulfillment locations to meet changing consumer buying habits. Logistics is also filling the employment void from the manufacturing industry, which has lost nearly 640,000 jobs in the past 10 years, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.