Respondents to an American Productivity and Quality Center survey noted an absence of "preexisting process foundation" as one hurdle to implementing process automation. Determine which processes will benefit most from automation, and assess the skills needed for success, writes Hailey Lynne McKeefry.
Unilever will share the locations of more than 1,400 of its mills and 300 of its direct suppliers to improve sustainability standards in the palm oil industry. "Unilever believes that complete transparency is needed for radical transformation," said Marc Engel, chief supply chain officer.
Cloud-based industrial internet of things software solutions provide security through their configurations, certificate authority and resistance to unauthorized remote access, writes Michael Bachelor of Bachelor Controls. Although nothing is 100% risk-free, "it is not unreasonable to believe that a company that embraces the cloud will on average address internal security concerns more thoroughly than a company that believes it is avoiding the risk by avoiding the cloud," Bachelor writes.
Employers should be proactive as they adjust to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's two-year implementation of electronic incident reporting and the public distribution of safety data, writes Quin Rodriguez of Riskonnect. Educate workers on safety, the importance of incident reporting and how to comply with OSHA's reporting processes, Rodriguez recommends.
Supply chain professionals can get more accurate costing information when finance and accounting personnel evolve into more advisory roles, Hailey Lynne McKeefry writes. More accurate internal reporting systems and up-to-date costing models also help the supply chain and finance functions collaborate better, she notes.
More businesses should step up as apprenticeship sponsors, both individually and at the industry level, Ryan Craig and Tom Bewick write. Craig and Bewick offer five recommendations to add 5 million US apprenticeships by 2022.
KFC temporarily shuttered hundreds of UK restaurants over the weekend after they ran out of chicken amid glitches with new delivery partner DHL. "The chicken crossed the road, just not to our restaurants," the company said in an announcement.
Amazon is tidying up its grocery delivery options with a new plan to merge its AmazonFresh and Prime Now services by the end of the year, according to Yahoo Finance. Amazon has been reducing its delivery area for AmazonFresh since its takeover of Whole Foods last summer, and a recent consumer survey finds that 48% of Prime users have been ordering groceries through the service.
Andeavor received a tax benefit of $918 million in the most recent quarter ended Dec. 31, with a total profit of $879 million.
MRC Global increased sales by 25.6% from a year earlier, marking the third consecutive quarter of a year-over-year sales gain of more than 20%. The company made a profit of $35 million on $903 million in total sales after posting a loss a year earlier.