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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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I don't think anybody should write his autobiography until after he's dead.

May 24, 2019

Sam Goldwyn, film producer May is Jewish American Heritage Month

SmartBrief will not publish Monday

May 24, 2019

In observance of Memorial Day in the US, SmartBrief will not publish Monday. Publication will resume Tuesday.

Minn. manufacturers are worried about finding talent

May 24, 2019

Attracting and holding on to qualified workers is the top concern for Minnesota manufacturers surveyed by Enterprise Minnesota, outranking worries about the cost of providing insurance and paying for energy and materials. One possible solution is working closely with state schools to develop skills in youth, said Erik Hokuf of AirCorps Aviation. Duluth News Tribune (Minn.) (5/22)

Commentary: Sustainable packaging can improve a company's reputation

May 24, 2019

Companies should set sustainable packaging goals to improve their reputation and stay ahead of any regulations, writes Tristanne Davis, senior manager for the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. Sustainability goals will improve a company's position in the marketplace, as many millennials are attracted to companies that want to improve society. GreenBiz (5/21)

Warehousing tech eases the burden on older workers

May 24, 2019

Warehousing and distribution centers are looking for older workers to fill labor gaps, and technology is helping them bear the physical burden more safely. Loading docks are a key part of this development, writes Rite-Hite Product Manager Chad Dillavou. Manufacturing (5/22)

Privacy issues arise over wearables in the supply chain

May 24, 2019

Wearable devices can help workers and improve efficiency in the supply chain, but the data they collect for employers is raising privacy concerns. Experts reflect on these issues and say that employers could begin requiring workers to use wearables. Supply Chain Dive (5/21)

How Kimberly-Clark ensures its supply chain creates value

May 24, 2019

When Sandra MacQuillan took the chief supply chain officer role at Kimberly-Clark four years ago, she aimed to shift the company's supply chain so it created value "from source to shelf," which she did by partnering with other business units and ensuring that the right talent was in place. "We could achieve this through three processes: standardization, simplification and collaboration," she said. Material Handling & Logistics online (5/22)

Every GW of offshore wind could create 8,000 jobs, says IHS exec

May 24, 2019

Offshore wind is an incredible job creator and economic opportunity for US states, with 1 gigawatt of capacity translating to 8,000 jobs, says IHS Market executive Philippe Frangules. "This is a big job-creation story," he says. SouthCoastToday (New Bedford, Mass.) (tiered subscription model) (5/23)

Manufacturing PMI shows slowing expansion

May 24, 2019

The purchasing managers index for US manufacturing this month is at its lowest level since 2009, although still expanding at 50.6, IHS Markit says. New orders shrank for the first time in nearly a decade. CNBC (5/23)

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