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Consumer-Generated Content Gives Turtle Wax Website New Shine

Turtle Wax drove 1.3 million page views with its content when it added consumer-generated content to its website. The goal for Turtle Wax was to transform a static website into a dynamic place where showcasing its products was a priority. »


Five Things Apparel Manufacturers Should Consider Before Re-shoring

Five Things Apparel Manufacturers Should Consider Before Re-shoring

Challenged by fast fashion, prompted by speed to market and buoyed by thoughts of small runs/low inventory levels, reshoring or the return of manufacturing for a company and its brands to its country of origin (COO) has sparked continuing interest in the best strategies for market entry and what it... »


Cost of 3D Printing Expected to Drop this Year as More Vendors Enter Field

Cost of 3D Printing Expected to Drop this Year as More Vendors Enter Field

In a further sign of the falling barriers to hardware innovation, the price of 3D printing machines is expected to fall 6.4 percent in 2016, according to a report by market research firm IBISWorld. »


Distributors Have Possibility to Converge B2B, B2C Markets

In today's business world, technology has opened the door to reaching and attaining a whole new customer base. The development of e-commerce has presented distributors with the opportunity to target not only businesses but also the individual consumer, converging the B2B and B2C markets. »


The Emerging Compliance 'Hot Topic' for 2016: Regulations Regarding Trafficked, Coerced Labor

The Emerging Compliance 'Hot Topic' for 2016: Regulations Regarding Trafficked, Coerced Labor

In many businesses, supply chain management historically has fallen outside the core of the company's compliance function. But that was then. A renewed push this year by state, federal and international regulators – not to mention consumer advocacy groups, NGOs and foreign legislatures – to... »


Your Path to Advantage With Digital Supply Chains

For years, companies have used digital supply chain technologies to improve service levels and reduce costs. But the inability to connect disparate systems, provide end-to-end visibility into the supply chain, and crunch massive amounts of data, among other issues, has prevented many companies from... »


Smart Manufacturing Means Harnessing All That Data

Smart Manufacturing Means Harnessing All That Data

There's a rumor going around, centered in Germany, that we're now in our fourth Industrial Revolution. »


'Click and Collect' Beyond Ability of Many Retailers Looking to Compete with Amazon

'Click and Collect' Beyond Ability of Many Retailers Looking to Compete with Amazon

A "hat trick" refers to scoring three goals in a game. A remarkable feat for most players and certainly worthy of doffing your hat to honor the player. In magic, a hat trick describes the infamous illusion of pulling something out of an empty hat, typically a rabbit. »


After Shaking Up Retail, Amazon Takes on Logistics World

After Shaking Up Retail, Amazon Takes on Logistics World

Drones. Trucks. Cars. Worldwide brick and mortar fulfillment centers. Delivery in 30 to 60 minutes. And, now talk about leasing cargo planes. These sound like strings of strategy planning discussions from UPS, FedEx, and the likes of other logistics companies, right. »


Pharma Giant Shows 'Smart Simplicity' Key to Boosting R&D Productivity

During the long downturn in R&D productivity, a handful of bio-pharmaceutical companies have consistently bucked the trend. How did they manage it? After all, they have experienced the same industry pressures as their peers - pressures such as lengthier R&D cycle times, higher costs of failure, and... »


Reshoring to U.S. Is in Full Swing - Unless It's Declining. What to Believe?

In December, two conflicting reports were released, one by A.T. Kearney and one by the Boston Consulting Group. The A.T. Kearney report states that reshoring may be "over before it began," and the Boston Consulting Group report states that it is increasing. Why the difference in opinion and who is... »


'Calling Card' Web Sites That Aren't Enabled for E-commerce Can't Compete

'Calling Card' Web Sites That Aren’t Enabled for E-commerce Can't Compete

E-tailing behemoths like Amazon Business are infringing on electrical distributors' turf. Large distributors continue to hone and refine their e-commerce offerings. And finally, mobile e-commerce (or, m-commerce) - driven by the consumer who has grown more comfortable making purchases on... »


Management That Sets SMART Goals Acting Kinda Stupid

Worldwide, managers are setting SMART (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely) goals, expecting these to make this "the year" to revitalize or transform their businesses. Instead, most of these professionals should retire SMART, or at least rescind its status of standard operating... »


Four Technology-Driven Trends Could Upend Automotive Supply Chain

Today's economies are dramatically changing, triggered by development in emerging markets, the accelerated rise of new technologies, sustainability policies, and changing consumer preferences around ownership. Digitization, increasing automation, and new business models have revolutionized other... »


Absent Sound Strategy, Digital Initiatives Can Leave Organizations Vulnerable

Managers are increasingly nervous about the lack of progress in their digital initiatives. Too often, organizations merely add digital "pixie dust" to traditional processes or engage in a frenzy of digital experiments and ventures. Rather than drive competitive advantage, these efforts leave... »


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