Cardinal Health is planning to sell Cardinal Health China ahead of expected Chinese policy reforms related to pharmaceutical sales, with at least three potential local bidders, sources say. The China unit saw revenue increase in 2016 to more than $3.5 billion.
Genuine Parts increased sales by 5.1% in the second quarter compared with the year-earlier period, though net profit declined by 0.7%. Its subsidiaries Motion Industries and EIS reported sales growth of 7.3% and 10.9%, respectively.
Distributors who reject the idea that their content has the potential to influence sales results stand to lose out, writes Bridget McCrea. Justin King of DigitalBranch cites an example of a distributor who reduced e-commerce returns by 70% by improving its website's appearance and performance.
Consumers could potentially use 3D printers to individualize toys and replace lost parts, which creates a problem and opportunity for toy manufacturers, writes Ian Wright. "Distributed home manufacturing is the future for toys, but also many other products," said Joshua Pearce of Michigan Technological University, who has researched the issue.
Manufacturers that simultaneously use enterprise resource planning and manufacturing execution systems can adjust production in real time and forecast demand accurately, writes Yuval Lavi of Magic Software Enterprises. Integrating ERP and MES capabilities also helps mitigate risks created by rush orders, he writes.
Cyberattacks aimed at industrial functions are growing by 20% per year, reports Justin Berman of Check Point South Africa. Risk-based continuity plans are the primary way to start preparing for cyberattacks, says Alex Roberts of Cura South Africa.
Applications of 3D printing are advancing beyond fused filament fabrication to developments such as dissolvable supports that enable large metal printing, Jeff Kerns writes. Altair has subtracted 103 pounds from a piece of agricultural equipment through additive printing, he writes.
Warehouses may be far removed from final delivery locations, but they play a critical role in providing a customer-centric experience, writes Mark Humphlett of Infor. Strategies such as cross-docking can improve the customer experience by reducing delivery delays, he writes.
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