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6/19/2018

Smart cocktail-making Bibo Barmaid uses Keurig-like single-serve pouches to create delicious cocktails in under 30 seconds. Users just fill the appliance with water and their choice of spirit, choose a cocktail and insert the pouch.

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6/19/2018

Manufacturers such as Caterpillar and Ford are establishing microservices software structures so that they can offer subscription data services in addition to physical products, says Zuora founder and CEO Tien Tzuo. "These are companies with physical products that they're realizing are smart products, and they're finding all these new revenue streams that they now can create and sell and monetize," he says.

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6/19/2018

Advances in additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, have made the technology faster, smarter and competitive enough to keep pace with conventional manufacturing plants, writes Richard D'Aveni of Dartmouth University's Tuck School of Business. He argues that additive manufacturing is now feasible for mass manufacturers through any of six business models.

6/19/2018

HP Chief Technology Officer Shane Wall says blockchain could help protect manufacturers' intellectual property, including part designs. Watermarks on 3D-printed parts could provide a way for original manufacturers to trace ownership along the blockchain.

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6/19/2018

Teel Plastics takes an incremental approach to internet of things deployment that saves money, allows for a learning curve and delivers quick results, the company's Owen Gwynne says. "We feel the start-small approach is best for us because it gives us the opportunity to master unseen issues before we commit to a major implementation," he says.

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6/19/2018

An incremental approach to the industrial internet of things can help overcome budget constraints and skepticism from executives, said panelists during the Automation Conference & Expo in May. "To justify the cost and determine the benefit you're going to get, make it a pilot project," suggested B&R executive John Kowal.

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6/19/2018

Manufacturers can successfully recruit by reaching students early on and by focusing on women, minorities and people from different economic backgrounds, USG Corp. President and CEO Jennifer Scanlon says. "You really get great results when you have people who shine a different light on the same problem," she says.

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6/18/2018

Retailers including Dollar General and Costco Wholesale, and manufacturers like Hostess Brands and Hormel Foods, are making changes to the supply chain amid rising freight costs and shipping delays. Dollar General has added distribution centers, expanded its private truck fleet and added more trucking companies to encourage competitive pricing.

6/18/2018

Wegmans and Publix were named consumers' favorite grocers in a survey by Market Force Information. Wegmans took the top spot for the third straight year, followed by Publix, Trader Joe's, ALDI and H.E. Butt Grocery.

6/18/2018

Sprouts Farmers Market has seen strong growth from its partnership with Instacart, CEO Amin Maredia shared at a conference last week. Instacart has excelled at meeting the challenges of fresh delivery to consumers' homes, Maredia said.