Adapting to the cloud environment will require resellers to always look toward the next generation of technologies and solutions, says Apay Obang-Oyway of Ingram Micro's Northern Europe unit. Ingram Micro has expanded availability of the e-learning and e-training program it tested through IBM and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.
Amazon Business is looking to go after commodity markets in business-to-business sectors rather than in specialized and complex sectors such as jet engines, Evan Klein argues. Commodity-based companies should consider selling through Amazon.com's platform, but only "in tandem with an omnichannel approach -- having a physical location, effective sales force and strong digital presence," he writes.
On-demand warehousing can optimize utilization and reduce inventory costs, according to data from FLEXE. On-demand arrangements are often preferable to subleasing, which typically has longer terms, says David Egan of CBRE.
Amazon last month made its first attempt at automating some of the truck delivery process by launching Relay, an app that lets truck drivers get in and out of the company's warehouses faster. It's the first connection between the e-commerce giant and millions of truck drivers.
Showing vulnerability as a leader can reveal an authentic and human side of your personality that resonates with team members, writes Mary Jo Asmus. By showing your softer side and admitting you don't know all the answers, you can build team connections and trust.
Ace Hardware reported third-quarter net income of $53.8 million, compared to $50.2 million the prior year. "A retail same-store sales increase of 7.1% was the predominant fuel behind our strong 9.1% overall sales increase and record setting third quarter revenue," Ace CEO John Venhuizen said.
DistributionNOW posted a third-quarter loss of $9 million, compared to a prior-year loss of $56 million. Chief Accounting Officer David Cherechinsky will become chief financial officer, with current CFO Daniel Molinaro moving to an executive vice president role.
Warehouses can minimize the expensive "empty travel" of human workers by using robots guided by a management system, writes Steve Banker of ARC Advisory Group. He writes about the potential productivity gains of Locus Robotics' LocusButs, which are offered to companies as a monthly rental.
Manufacturers will benefit when mixed reality enables workers to translate visual data into predictive maintenance and understand instructions better, Adam Uzialko writes. Yiwen Rong of uSens says success will come not from machines themselves, but from how manufacturers use information.
Smaller manufacturers shouldn't let technical jargon intimidate them, writes Stevie Hay of Aptean. It may not be realistic to hire a chief data officer, he writes, but cloud-based manufacturing execution systems can help smaller companies learn more about their operations and improve decision-making.
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