T&S Brass & Bronze Works in Travelers Rest, S.C., is always finding new ways to grow and improve, even though it already ships 89% of orders within 24 hours with minimal inventory. The company's optimizations include using an LED projector to remind employees about forklift traffic, regular employee rotations to prevent ergonomic injuries and the adoption of ISO 9001:2015 certification.
Increased connectivity on the shop floor leaves manufacturers more vulnerable to cyberattacks, says Deloitte partner Sean Peasley. "All of a sudden, I've got 12,000 pipeline sensors that are on my network, and I need to treat them as I would any other device" in terms of security, says Matt Watchinski of Cisco-owned Talos.
A variety of automation and robotic-assist technologies are helping warehouses become more efficient and respond to a shortage of human labor, says Adam Kline of Manhattan Associates. Robots provide an extra challenge because they are mobile and can get in the way of humans, he notes.
The automotive industry is male-dominated, but has opportunities for women who can push past the challenges, learn and listen, and work hard, says Ginger Butz of Morey. "If there's a working team, we need to make sure we're taking leadership roles," she says.
Alphabet's Google is launching a browser-based video game streaming service, Stadia, that will allow a player to run a game on a server and stream the video feed to a device. Google also announced that Jade Raymond, former executive at Electronic Arts and Ubisoft, will head Stadia Games and Entertainment.
Giant Eagle will now allow fuelperks rewards points to be used on a wider range of items, including for grocery discounts. The fuelperks plus program is getting a gradual rollout starting in the Pittsburgh and Cleveland markets.
Ulta Beauty, Sephora and Amazon are in the lead when it comes to beauty sales, with Ulta pulling further ahead of the pack, according to Cowen & Co. Ulta is winning with a personalized approach, a diverse product lineup and in-store experience and an expanded loyalty program that boasts 31.8 million members, Pamela Danziger writes.
Every basketball rim, backboard and stand in the NCAA basketball tournaments and the NBA's leagues comes from Jefferson, Iowa., home of American Athletic and its 94 employees. Hiring local is important for building chemistry and a workforce that stays for the long haul, says executive Mark Lane.
Kroger has reached a deal to sell its Turkey Hill brand, which includes beverages and dairy products, to private equity firm Peak Rock Capital. The sale will not affect employment or product consistency in the short term, said Turkey Hill spokesman David Shoffner.
For high-end customers, grocers can become curators who bring products to their attention that meet their desire to discover new dishes and flavors, Laurie Demeritt writes. This role is well-documented in the organic and natural market sector, where retailers from Trader Joe's to Sprouts Farmers Market have become customer destinations for exploration.