Supply Chain
Top stories summarized by our editors
10/12/2018

Part of leadership is enabling others to carry on for you after you're gone, writes Ken Downer. Training with succession in mind also creates accountability, empowers people to make decisions and gives you time back in your day, he writes.

More Summaries:
Ken Downer
10/12/2018

Ceva Logistics has refused a $1.55 billion acquisition offer from DSV. "[T]he board of directors concluded that the proposal significantly undervalues Ceva's prospects as a standalone company," Ceva said.

Full Story:
Reuters
More Summaries:
CEVA Logistics, CEVA
10/12/2018

Distributors can connect with customers and personalize their experiences by encouraging face-to-face interaction, being direct in seeking business and highlighting new technology, Bridget McCrea writes. "A quick walk around the jobsite will reveal all sorts of areas where new tools and parts can be making a difference," says Perceptive Selling Initiative CEO Jim Herst.

Full Story:
TED Magazine
More Summaries:
Bridget McCrea
10/12/2018

Leaders should take note of employee feedback regarding co-workers, especially when it relates to a person's personality changing in the presence of management, Ian Heller writes.

More Summaries:
Ian Heller
10/12/2018

Holiday sales are expected to increase by nearly 5% over last year, but a report by Optoro suggests retailers may not be ready to handle the high return rate that is standard for e-commerce. Liquidation through auction sites such as eBay or B-Stock is one option.

Full Story:
Supply Chain Dive
More Summaries:
eBay, Optoro
10/12/2018

An undercover investigation suggests Apple overcharges customers for repairs and prioritizes replacements over repairs. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation was quoted $1,200 for repairs to a computer by an Apple employee, but an independent repair shop said the cost to repair was about $75.

10/12/2018

There's no single way to pursue lean principles, but the companies that have the greatest success are the ones that do it continuously, says Rachna Shah, a professor at the University of Minnesota. Without an ongoing focus "in a disciplined way over the long term, you cannot have the same levels of improvement in productivity," Shah says.

More Summaries:
University of Minnesota
10/12/2018

Manufacturers are more vulnerable than other industries to state-directed cyberattacks, according to a 2018 report from Verizon, writes Indegy Chief Technology Officer Mille Gandelsman. Gandelsman offers advice on three areas manufacturers can shore up.

Full Story:
Automation
More Summaries:
Mille Gandelsman, Verizon
10/12/2018

Threat analysis, when used correctly, is a powerful way to secure industrial internet of things assets, writes Satish Gannu of ABB. "The first step in threat analysis would be to hold off taking any immediate action -- patching, not patching, something else -- until we validate if a system vulnerability actually exists and, if it does, how it can be exploited," he writes.

Full Story:
Dark Reading
More Summaries:
ABB
10/12/2018

A survey from Deloitte found that most respondents prioritize supply chain digitization, but are less likely to consider it a factor in innovation. Chief supply chain officers are also unlikely to be making such investment decisions, the survey found.

Full Story:
Deloitte Insights
More Summaries:
Deloitte