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Old Tech Can't Help Re-shored Businesses, But Robotics May

When companies bring products back from off-shored manufacturing operations, such as China, the processes cannot be simply dropped back into place and configured with the same old machines and process flows from 20 years back. Most re-shoring operations include new and upgraded equipment, software... »


Apparel Industry Faces Some of Biggest Challenges Meeting Omnichannel Demands

Shoppers are demanding a seamless experience across all brand channels, both on- and offline, but retailers – particularly in apparel - are struggling to move at the speed their consumers want and need. »


Hanjin Collapse Spotlights Concerns About Shipping Temperature-Sensitive Perishables

Recent events, such as the Hanjin collapse, have shone a spotlight on the deeply interconnected nature of today's container shipping networks and demonstrated how little visibility many shippers have into the whereabouts and status of their cargo as it moves through a complex web of service... »


Dispensing With Financial Advisors, Companies Need Proper Teams in Place for Successful M&A Deals

Dispensing With Financial Advisors, Companies Need Proper Teams in Place for Successful M&A Deals

The internal organization that manages a company's M&A processes has always been a major contributor to the success of its deals. Today, as companies increasingly choose to manage their M&A processes internally, without the support of financial advisers, it's all the more important to have the... »


Industrial Internet of Things Gets Much Needed Security Framework

The publication of the Industrial Internet Security Framework by the IIC is a vital early step towards creating security in the Industrial IoT. Strong security becomes increasingly crucial as more and more critical infrastructure becomes connected and remotely controllable. »


Johnson & Johnson Sees Internet of Things as Way to Improve Healthcare

Johnson & Johnson Sees Internet of Things as Way to Improve Healthcare

The Internet of Things has been widely celebrated as a game-changing technology for field service and maintenance applications because it allows one device to "talk" to another, communicating when a machine or system could potentially degrade or fail. But what if the "breakdown" is occurring not... »


RFID Reader Infrastructure Comes in Many Flavors

Retailers have many choices when it comes to RFID reader infrastructure, from handhelds, fixed, POS, overhead and more. »


Recent Growth Picture Mixed in Africa, But Don’t Count the Region Out

Many observers are questioning whether Africa's economic advances are running out of steam. Five years ago, growth was accelerating in almost all of the region's 30 largest economies, but the recent picture has been more mixed: while growth has sped up in about half of Africa's economies, it has... »


Robots Enter Finance Departments of Many Fortune 500 Companies

In fairly short order, robots have begun taking over in the corporate world -- infiltrating finance departments, some other functions, and operational areas in a number of industries. For the most part, robots are being deployed to automate repeatable, standardized, or logical tasks historically... »


Driverless Transport? Don't Take Your Hands Off the Wheel Just Yet

Jitendra Malik, a researcher in computer vision for three decades, doesn't own a Tesla, but he has advice for people who do. "Knowing what I know about computer vision, I wouldn't take my hands off the steering wheel," he said. »


What Attracts Talent to the Supply Chain?

APQC recently concluded a survey on what organizations are doing to attract talent to the supply chain field. This research examined which factors are priorities for organizations when attracting talent and what characteristics supply chain professionals are looking for in a boss and supply chain... »


How IT Makes Aerospace-Defense Supply Chains Work Efficiently

The aerospace and defense supply chain is under pressure. According to FinancialTimes.com, in 2020, Boeing and Airbus are expected to deliver more than 1,800 passenger jets, a 45 percent increase over 2013. »


3D Printing, Smartphones Upend Retail, E-commerce

3D Printing, Smartphones Upend Retail, E-commerce

The assembly line at Feetz has 100 humming 3-D printers. Their sole purpose is to make shoes. »


Anti-Trade Fever Likely to Carry the Day, Regardless of Who Wins White House Race

Anti-Trade Fever Likely to Carry the Day, Regardless of Who Wins White House Race

Anti-trade fervor is reaching heights we haven't seen since the Smoot–Hawley Tariff was passed in 1930. »


China's Version of 'Supply-Side Reform' Not at All What Reagan Had in Mind

China's Version of 'Supply-Side Reform' Not at All What Reagan Had in Mind

To understand policymaking in China, pay attention to the buzz phrases. The country's favorite economic slogan, "supply-side structural reform," just got its most international exposure so far, at the Group of 20 summit in Hangzhou. »


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