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Apps, Autonomy and Ownership: Three Ways Driving Is Changing in 2018

New SUVs and trucks are dominating this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. But there’s more happening in the automotive industry than big tires and four-wheel drive. [more]


Q&A: Achieving Zero Waste-to-Landfill With 3M

Q&A: Achieving Zero Waste-to-Landfill With 3M

Science-oriented 3M is a $30bn global company with a portfolio that includes around 55,000 products. On the consumer side, 3M makes products like Post-It Notes, Scotch Magic Tape and Filtrete Air Filters, but the company has four other business groups for energy and electronics, industrial, safety...[more]


GM, DHL Use a Chinese Plant to Lead Manufacturing Change

GM, DHL Use a Chinese Plant to Lead Manufacturing Change

Inside General Motors Co’s vehicle assembly plant in this southern China city, many workers wear the red-and-yellow uniforms of DHL, the logistics company.[more]


Chinese Retailer JD.com’s Latest Gig: Supplying Restaurants

Most Chinese consumers go to JD.com to buy electronic gadgets and other items. Restaurant operator Zhang Zong uses China’s No. 2 e-commerce company to deliver 400 million pounds of carp heads.[more]


A.I. Will Create More Jobs Than It Eliminates, Analysts Say

A.I. Will Create More Jobs Than It Eliminates, Analysts Say

2020 will be a pivotal year in A.I.-related employment dynamics, according to Gartner, Inc., as artificial intelligence (A.I.) will become a positive job motivator.[more]


Opinion: The Closing of 63 Sam’s Club Stores Has Big Implications for Small Business

Last week, Wal-Mart announced that it would be closing 63 of its under-performing Sam’s Club stores at various locations throughout the country. While most of the news centered around the thousands of employees that would be affected by the decision, there’s also another significant group of people...[more]


Opinion: New Material Handling Tech Must Embrace Human Ergonomics

In the quest to increase productivity in material handling and manufacturing environments and be more responsive to the changing interests and expectations of the consumer, companies are increasingly embracing new technology. [more]


Five Global Shipping Trends to Watch This Year

Overall, 2017 was a good year for the ocean shipping industry. Operating margins for most carriers improved, driven by robust demand, positive inventory developments and higher rate levels. [more]


As Electric Cars’ Prospects Brighten, Japan Fears Being Left Behind

At a factory near the base of Mount Fuji, workers painstakingly assemble transmissions for some of the world’s top-selling cars. The expensive, complex components, and the workers’ jobs, could be obsolete in a couple of decades.[more]


Found on Instagram, Sold on Alibaba: Even the Smallest Brands Are Now Victims of Counterfeiting

Found on Instagram, Sold on Alibaba: Even the Smallest Brands Are Now the Victims of Counterfeiting

Team Dream is a small business by most any measure. The quirky cycling apparel brand has just five employees. It produces only about 100 pieces of each garment and operates out of a converted gas station in San Marino, where a closet-sized nook doubles as both a fulfillment center and R&D lab.[more]


Opinion: How IoT Will Impact the Supply Chain This Year

There has been a lot written about the internet of things (IoT) and how it will affect nearly every global industry — from retail to connected vehicles. [more]


'These Computers Can't Fail.' Why Autonomous Cars Are So Challenging, According to Nvidia's CEO

'These Computers Can't Fail.' Why Autonomous Cars Are So Challenging, According to Nvidia's CEO

Self-driving cars, a.k.a. autonomous vehicles, appear poised to take over the world. They’re everywhere, on movie screens and in magazine pages. The Jetsons-esque notion that a car could drive you to your desired destination — look Ma, no hands! — is beginning to sink in for many of us, even as we...[more]


Four Steps to Building a Business Case for Efficiency

Four Steps to Building a Business Case for Efficiency

Many large organizations have lofty efficiency goals, but struggle to turn them into reality — often because there’s limited buy-in where it truly matters.[more]


Who's Picking Your Food? A Record Number of Foreign Laborers

Recruiters in California's wine country have been known to drive two hours to Stockton to find farmworkers.[more]


Four Digital Trends Manufacturers Should Watch for in 2018

More than a half century after he postulated it, (Gordon) Moore’s Law is still highly relevant, and the consequences have dramatically revolutionized our world. [more]


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