Technological advances present a wonderful opportunity to deliver better outcomes and improved care for patients, writes Henry Schein CEO Stanley Bergman. Instead of allowing technology to "put distance between patients and caregiver," create a structure where advancements help people serve others, he writes.
Grainger will bolster its websites and add a distribution center in Kentucky, says CEO D.G. Macpherson. "Our top priority now is to drive profitability and sustainable growth in the United States with our Grainger and Zoro brands," he says.
Logistics professionals are using data analytics, drones, smart lockers, extended delivery times and other tools to ease supply chain congestion in densely populated urban areas.
Reverse logistics firm Returnly is offering a Green Returns option for certain retailers that allows customers to get refunds without requiring product returns. "It just makes good business sense to reward our best customers instead of moving forward with a return that cannot be resold," said Thinx executive Brendan Hastings.
The purchasing managers index for US manufacturing this month is at its lowest level since 2009, although still expanding at 50.6, IHS Markit says. New orders shrank for the first time in nearly a decade.
Manufacturing incubators can offer contacts and support, help manage risk while encouraging innovation, and reduce costs, writes Katherine Began of Polycase. Incubators can also potentially provide equipment that manufacturers otherwise wouldn't access.
Warehousing and distribution centers are looking for older workers to fill labor gaps, and technology is helping them bear the physical burden more safely. Loading docks are a key part of this development, writes Rite-Hite Product Manager Chad Dillavou.
Attracting and holding on to qualified workers is the top concern for Minnesota manufacturers surveyed by Enterprise Minnesota, outranking worries about the cost of providing insurance and paying for energy and materials. One possible solution is working closely with state schools to develop skills in youth, said Erik Hokuf of AirCorps Aviation.
Severe storms brought torrential rains, floods, hail and tornadoes to eight states, among them Texas and Iowa, and forced freight haulers to deal with serious delays this past week. Forecasters predict more storms over the Memorial Day weekend.
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