Amazon is planning to move its annual Prime Day shopping event to June after holding it in October last year because of the pandemic, according to sources, though a company spokesperson declined to comment on the date. Prime Day had been held in July since its beginning in 2015.
Hand sanitizer sales increased by over 600% in 2020 but have fallen sequentially in recent months as the pandemic wears on. Off-brand manufacturers, especially imports, are likely to leave the space, but Gojo expects "a sustained increase in awareness of the importance of safe and effective hygiene practices across all markets and product categories," says Chief Marketing Officer Rishi Dhingra.
Ford and General Motors will continue to limit production at some North American plants because of a shortage in semiconductor chips. However, GM will resume production of Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups next week.
The US should build semiconductor chip factories in the next five years as "a long-term solution to a near-term, crushing dilemma," writes Julie Orlando, chief product officer at Nanotronics. Artificial intelligence in the production process can help, even with existing equipment.
Operation Next is a no-cost manufacturing training program in Michigan that helps people gain skills in industrial technology maintenance, computer numerical control machining and more. "If you're a minority that is hesitating to enter the world of manufacturing, this is an accessible, stepping-stone program focused on opportunity and success," says Alicia Amey, a welding student in the program.
Manufacturers are increasingly looking to robots, automation and other technological aids to shop-floor work, but humans will retain a role, says Blake Moret, chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation. "If you combine a skilled and engaged workforce with advanced tech, you make a more successful company that can do more, hire more people, and profitably engage in new lines of business," Morat says.
Gap plans to introduce a system this year that is related to its Bright loyalty program and sorts customers into three delivery tiers based on their spending. Online sales for the company increased 54% in 2020 and accounted for 45% of all purchases.
California's 2nd District Court of Appeal Division 2 is now the second state court to rule that the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act does not preclude California from including trucking under Assembly Bill 5. The case involves East Coast Transport truck drivers who said they should have been classified as employees, rather than independent contractors.
Supply chain executives should keep a close eye on five key trends this year, including the rise in shorter supply chains, specialized and smaller suppliers' bankruptcies and cyberattacks on logistics and production, according to an Everstream Analytics report. The Annual Risk Report 2021 also mentions continued air cargo constraints and growth in multimodal solutions.
MSC Industrial had $18 million in profit on sales of $774 million in its fiscal second quarter, with sales down 1.5% from a year ago but up slightly from Q1. Safety and janitorial sales were up 15% year over year.