During an interview, Jack Ma, executive chairman of Alibaba, said it's not accurate to call his company the "Amazon of China," implying that Amazon is more of an empire in which they control everything themselves. Instead, Alibaba aims to be an "ecosystem" that empowers others to sell, Ma said.
Sam's Club is expanding its Scan & Go app to compete with Amazon's similar service. The Scan & Go app allows Sam's Club shoppers to scan items and pay without waiting in line or stopping at check-out.
MSC Industrial Supply CEO Erik Gershwind says he is optimistic despite a 2.9% sales decline in the company's fiscal first quarter. Gershwind said the "sales through distribution" trend is helping suppliers.
Companies adopting additive manufacturing techniques should consider a top-to-bottom re-evaluation of how their organization is structured, how talent is managed and how quality assurance is handled, according to this Deloitte analysis. Don't look at additive manufacturing without also considering its place in the larger enterprise, the authors write.
A PwC survey of chief executive officers revealed concern about the public reaction to industrial automation and technological advancement.
Lean is a commonly used approach, but there's a danger of not fully understanding the term and its principles, writes Bill Baker, owner of Speed to Excellence. He offers four questions to ask that differentiate between lean manufacturing and lean transformation.
Adidas will build in Atlanta what it calls a "Speedfactory," an industrial plant that uses 3D printing to create its product. The company hopes to speed up production of its shoes while shortening its supply chain.
A strong culture of information security understands the breadth of data that must be protected and also knows that technology alone is insufficient. "The ultimate protection against cyberattacks and compromised data lies in ensuring the active engagement and commitment of every employee and manager across the organization to information security," Rob Livingstone writes.
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