Companies and governments are encouraging product reuse in recent years, writes GreenBiz Chairman Joel Makower. Examples include Ben & Jerry's returnable ice cream container, Sweden's tax breaks for product repairs and Replenish's refillable cleaning product containers.
Online furniture retailer Wayfair on Friday opened an outlet store in Florence, Ky., to resell products that have been returned and are in good condition. The store will be in the same building as Wayfair's return center.
EBay was scheduled to hold an event called "The Vault" at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation to showcase and sell rare sneakers. "One advantage I think we have is that we have sellers with access to incredibly rare sneakers that you can't really find anywhere else," says eBay sneaker executive Jeff Chan.
Taser maker Axon Enterprise offers employees a chance to tie some of their compensation to the company's on-target earnings, with the potential to gain restricted stock units. "This is a game changer for the company because we will have the ability to keep employees longer and recruit different types of talent," CEO Rick Smith says.
Robotics and the need for customized production are factors that are encouraging manufacturers to return production to the US, say ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer and robot systems chief Mike Larsson.
Companies must have an in-house team for dealing with industrial control system cybersecurity threats, says Indegy co-founder and CEO Barak Perelman. Teams should be a mix of IT and operational technology experts and should have working relationships with plant managers, he says.
Companies in markets such as beer and cannabis may be able to use automation to scale without sacrificing product quality or reliability. Automation isn't part of making Milwaukee Brewing's beer, but it does help ensure consistency, says founder Jim McCabe.
Low-code/no-code technologies are changing how manufacturers develop in-house apps, writes W. David Stephenson of Stephenson Strategies. The tools require limited or no coding and are fast, cost-effective and flexible.
Jobs in manufacturing have a lot to offer millennials, including a sense of satisfaction and a good income without high college debt, says Jonathan Foley of Moraine's Rack Processing, who will become chairman of the Dayton Region Manufacturers Association next year.
The long-planned 13-acre Adelanto Towne Center in California will see construction start in April for a 7-Eleven. Several additional phases are planned, with a footprint of 63,400 square feet across 10 buildings.