Loading 100% of a maintenance schedule is better for productivity than any option that leaves time open, writes Doc Palmer of Richard Palmer and Associates. A fully loaded schedule is best for goal setting, problem-solving and worker allocation, he writes.
Operational technology security vulnerabilities are often overlooked because it is easier to focus on IT functions, writes Scott Hollis of PAS Global. "Given the variety of different automation system brands and models running in industrial facilities, a more efficient, standardized approach to OT vulnerability identification and remediation tracking is needed," he writes.
Supply chain professionals looking to offset risks need to collaborate and look ahead through "what if?" planning, in-memory analytics and end-to-end visibility, writes John Westerveld of Kinaxis. "Imagine having the ability to instantly create a scenario using a complete copy of all your supply chain data," he writes.
Supply chain professionals see billing and payment processing as possibilities for the use of blockchain but express concerns over finding the right talent, writes Becky Partida of APQC. One starting point is seeing whether any business partners have blockchain expertise, she writes.
The Sodexo SoSafe Journey includes a cultural emphasis on environment, health and safety, says executive Brigette Philpot. "It is all about human factor and changing habits at all company levels because we strongly believe that every accident can be prevented," Philpot says.
Motivating an organization to remain competitive starts with leadership's attitude toward the idea of continuous improvement, writes Larry Fast of Pathways to Manufacturing Excellence. "Unless your company is improving at a rate faster than your best competitor, serious issues will begin to surface," he writes.
Shamir Optical Industry, a prescription lens maker in Israel, invested in new technology that allows the company to reduce inventory by 25% without negatively impacting consumers. The change in its inventory management technology led to reduced SKUs, new capability of managing major customer forecasts and running a larger network seamlessly.
SUPERVALU and Instacart have teamed up to expand grocery delivery services to all of the retailer's stores, the company said Monday. SUPERVALU has also expanded its click-and-collect service to more stores, with plans to grow it further in the future.
Good leaders listen, follow through on promises and treat others as they'd like to be treated, writes Dennis Miller. "It may take some practice, but by learning to build trust and respect among your colleagues, you will dramatically increase your leadership potential," he writes.