The Trump administration's foreign tariffs have caused businesses to use new tactics to avoid paying more for foreign goods, such as designating new trade zones and changing design processes to reclassify a product. Some companies, such as Harley-Davidson, have said they may need to move production outside of the US.
The sustainability program at Walmart has faced challenges over the years, primarily that its customers look to the retail giant for its low prices while environmentally friendly products tend to have a higher price tag. Walmart has chosen to focus attention on its suppliers to provide sustainable options, rather than asking consumers to pay more.
Humans and artificial intelligence systems will have to work together for increased productivity in the supply chain, write Gary Hanifan and Kris Timmermans. They identified three categories of jobs that will emerge in an AI-based system: trainers, explainers and sustainers.
The union that represents UPS and its workers, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, approved two agreements that include pay raises, 5,000 new jobs and the creation of "hybrid drivers." Rank-and-file Teamsters will vote on the contracts in September.
Companies are competing to keep costs low and put out products as quickly as possible, but this has led to more labor violations, writes Pierre-Francois Thaler. He proposes that improved visibility and more cooperation between businesses will resolve labor issues.
The idea of work-life balance has two camps: Segmentors who want a distinct division between work and life, and integrators who are happy to intermingle those realms, writes Leah Fessler. These identities are not necessarily permanent, and one isn't superior, so what matters most is that managers learn where the tendencies of their employees, Fessler writes.