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Supply Chain

Improve quality and efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance customer service with innovation in this area

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Assess and manage risks associated with increasing digitized processes and products.

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Resources

HBR Article: A Manager's Guide to Augmented Reality

Aug 7, 2018

How IIoT changes the idea of ownership

May 22, 2017

PTC: PPT of How Smart, Connected Products are Transforming Competition and Companies

Aug 15, 2018

Connected Service Equipment Knowledge as Competitive Power

Mar 19, 2017

Leading by Example: Technology Companies Help Save Scarce Water Resources

Jul 5, 2017

Why Manufacturers Need to Rethink How They Value Water

Mar 28, 2017

Benefits of Creating a Corporate Water Strategy – and Tips for Ensuring Success

Mar 18, 2017

5 Ideas for Improving Energy Use

Aug 16, 2018
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Powering Innovation in Manufacturing

If I fail, I'm coming back. If I fail again, I'm coming back stronger.

Jun 24, 2019

Devean George, former NBA player

Monday Economic Report

Jun 24, 2019

In the second quarter of 2019, about four out of five manufacturing respondents said that they were either somewhat or very optimistic about their own company's outlook. While that was down from nearly 90% who said the same thing in the first quarter, it continues to reflect a mostly optimistic sentiment in the sector. In the nearly 21-year history of the survey, the average is 75.0% positive. Interestingly, small manufacturers were more optimistic about their own company's outlook than their larger counterparts. Read more.

Summer camps introduce girls to manufacturing

Jun 24, 2019

Camps offered by the Summer Manufacturing Institute seek to teach girls about STEM subjects related to careers in manufacturing. In Ohio, the institute teamed up with a local YWCA chapter and OH WOW! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children's Center for Science and Technology to offer camps with a transportation theme. Tribune Chronicle (Warren, Ohio) (6/24)

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo optimize water-dispensing machines to combat waste

Jun 24, 2019

The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (6/21)

P&G focuses on ambitious sustainability goals

Jun 24, 2019

Procter & Gamble is in the middle of its Ambition 2030 project, which will eventually use 100% recyclable or reusable packaging for major brands, cut greenhouse-gas emissions in manufacturing in half, and use "circular sources" for its water. "P&G's new ethos puts environmental stewardship among its top priorities," writes Dale Buss. Chief Executive online (6/21)

Maximizing the potential of IIoT will require smart machines

Jun 24, 2019

The industrial internet of things will require manufacturing systems to use machines that integrate different systems to support a unified view of products from design to manufacturing, according to a study from McKinsey. The study found that current inconsistencies between company levels are slowing innovation. Business 2 Community (6/23)

Using reusables in the retail supply chain

Jun 24, 2019

Companies are migrating to omnichannel retail supply chains, where moving product from the plant to distribution center to the retailer requires coordination, writes Andrea Nottestad of reusable packaging manufacturer ORBIS Corp. Using reusable carts and wheeled pallets "can reduce product damage, require less repacking or downstacking, increase the number of turns, and reduce costs per trip," she writes. Material Handling & Logistics online (6/24)

When is the right time to raise prices?

Jun 24, 2019

With raw material costs rising, companies are reluctant to raise prices for fear of alienating customers, but experts at McKinsey say being proactive is the solution. "[W]hen companies do act, it's frequently when bottom-line pressures have reached a breaking point, at which time they're forced to rush through hikes with inadequate preparation and a skeptical sales force," write Alex Abdelnour, Christopher Angevine and Jeremy Seeley in a look at how to navigate cost inflation. McKinsey (6/2019)

GE expands online health care supplies buying

Jun 24, 2019

GE Healthcare Service Shop's website now has more product inventory and improved search to make hospital supply ordering more "Amazon-like," says Tim Erickson of GE Healthcare. The site will also offer more than GE products, including Siemens, Philips and Toshiba health care products. B2B E-Commerce World (free registration) (6/21)

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