Manufacturers should be using product information management systems for better results with B2B e-commerce, says Karie Daudt of Perficient Digital. In an interview, Daudt also explores what manufacturers are doing to deal with the pandemic, including upgrading their order management systems for a fuller view of supply chains.
Manufacturers can help relieve stress on their suppliers during the pandemic by opening lines of communication to keep them apprised of invoice status, writes Tradeshift executive Tony Alvarez. "If they understand what's happening with their invoices and exactly when they'll get paid, they can plan their own cash flow with more confidence," he writes.
Implementing a Lean 6S system can greatly improve productivity by bringing order to tools, parts and consumables. Jim Laprade, general manager for Applied Maintenance Supplies & Solutions, examines the six elements of 6S: "safety, sort, set in order, shine, standardize and sustain."
Management at the highest levels must fully commit to achieve an effective automation safety strategy that spreads across the entire organization, advise experts Doug Fagaly and Lee Schulte. They review other necessary elements and how to implement a comprehensive plan beginning with an assessment of risks and how each should be handled.
Companies such as Schneider Electric, PepsiCo and L'Oreal are using close connections with suppliers to continue to advance sustainability objectives during the pandemic. One goal is to ensure that suppliers survive the strains of unusual events, providing lessons in resiliency that can also be applied to climate change disruptions.
Walmart, which has opened four primary care clinics and made other recent health care-related acquisitions, will soon begin selling supplemental Medicare Advantage insurance plans. The new venture will start in the Dallas area, where Walmart is advertising for insurance agents to fill positions at Walmart Insurance Services LLC.
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market has teamed up with Shipt to launch same-day grocery delivery in 30 metro areas across the Midwest, adding the service to the on-demand delivery already provided through Instacart. In Michigan, Shipt also will offer same-day delivery of beer and wine purchased from Fresh Thyme in Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.
The Publix program that helps farmers by buying milk and produce that might otherwise have gone to waste during the pandemic has been expanded from Florida, where it began in April, to Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, with Tennessee and Virginia to be added soon. To date, the grocer has purchased 350,000 gallons of milk and more than 5 million pounds of produce that have been donated to Feeding America food banks.
Kroger has reached a multiyear deal with Vibenomics to unveil a specialized audio network for in-store broadcasts intended to promote products and enhance the overall customer experience. The grocer also announced its choice of London-based Dentsu Aegis Network as the media agency that will support Kroger's "Fresh for Everyone" branding campaign, which started last year.