Lockheed Martin is deploying augmented reality in its manufacturing across several divisions. "Anytime people take paper or computer resources to transfer ideas to something in the real world, there's opportunity for AR," said Shelley Peterson of Lockheed Martin Space Systems.
Adornus Cabinetry will employ 210 people in Lancaster, S.C., after it spends $10 million to overhaul a former Duracell factory. Local officials said finding a tenant for existing property was a priority. The company makes all-wood cabinetry and will open the facility in November.
The early stage of the supply chain offers many opportunities for improvements, including automated supplier collaboration and current data from enterprise resource planning systems, writes JP Morris. "Prioritizing the first mile by giving both buyers and suppliers a real-time view of accurate order data allows your costly ERP system to work as intended, restoring trust in the process," says SourceDay CEO Tom Kieley.
Altizon Systems CEO Vinay Nathan gives three use cases for how artificial intelligence has helped manufacturers achieve success. "The first thing OEMs need to understand when it comes to implementations of AI is the type of use case to zero in on," he writes.
QR codes can help make the process of gathering worker safety information more efficient, writes Don Snizaski. "Recording and reporting safety issues by the touch of a finger is worth more than time and money, it safeguards a company's most prized investment -- their employees," he writes.
An apprenticeship program in Shelby County, Ala., is helping workers find jobs in manufacturing. "If we can't find the talent, we'll create it," said Clint Kelley, HR director at Process Baron, which manufactures industrial fans.
More than 6% of 507,873 UPS and FedEx and UPS deliveries tracked between January and March 2019 by LateShipment.com were late, and nearly 72% of those arrived on shopper's doorsteps at least a full day after expected. LateShipment.com also found that when consumers paid for faster shipping time, the odds that those packages would be delayed increased.
Feedback is ideally immediate, positive, specific and development-focused, among 10 tips offered by leadership coach Naphtali Hoff. "People most appreciate feedback that helps them solve problems and improve," Hoff writes.
Planning and preparation should allow room for change, uncertainty and flexibility, writes Jane Perdue. "Recognize that always sticking to the plan provides a false sense of security that obscures new opportunities," she writes.
Macy's has begun using the Google Cloud platform to help run a new Macy's Backstage distribution center this week and will roll out the technology to all of its fulfillment centers next year, CEO Jeff Gennette said. Other retailers including Target, Kohl's and Home Depot also use Google's technology to create supply chain efficiencies.