Companies can increase productivity and reduce workplace injuries by using behavior-based safety to identify and mitigate potential problems, writes EtQ executive Tim Lozier. "Behaviors are scored and analyzed depending on how they contribute to safer or more risky working practices and compared against actual outcomes," he writes.
Whirlpool and Spirit AeroSystems are two examples of manufacturers finding success by hiring inexperienced employees and devoting time and money toward training and education. "Even if it were a great labor market and there were tons of candidates to choose from, the way we have expanded our recruiting and retention is how it will be going forward," says Keturah Austin of Spirit AeroSystems, which offers apprenticeships and coaching through its Grow Your Own program.
After a disaster, UNICEF's global team goes to work to send rescue gear, food, vaccinations and other critical supplies. To do this, it relies on a warehouse in Denmark equipped with robots that run 24 hours a day to get supplies on a plane within 48 hours.
Experts believe Amazon was the large, unnamed customer that pulled back two-thirds of its business with XPO, and the e-commerce retailer was also behind the closing of New England Motor Freight. The trucking and logistics industry is strained under the realization Amazon is moving further into the sector, potentially putting established companies at risk.
Canada is developing supply chain legislation to battle modern slavery and forced labor. Initiatives in the apparel and textile supply chain would require certification based on eight fundamental human rights, among them child and forced labor bans.
The DHL Global Connectedness Index found that globalization across trade, capital, people and information reached an all-time high in 2017. "Increasing international cooperation continues to contribute to stability, so companies and countries that embrace globalization benefit tremendously," DHL Express CEO John Pearson said.
IKEA is pondering a plan to launch an e-commerce platform that would sell furniture from other brands and retailers. The retailer is also talking with Amazon, Alibaba and other third-party marketplaces about opportunities to sell its branded goods on their platforms.
Setbacks are a chance for leaders to examine their fears, learn how to manage discomfort and act effectively anyway, writes author and former FBI agent LaRae Quy. Looking at the worst-case scenario can be helpful in the sense that you're not surprised when challenges arise, she writes.
McKesson uses order-picking devices and other automated technologies at its 26 distribution centers to ensure it meets the needs of pharmacy customers, says executive Ammie McAsey. In April, McKesson will welcome Brian Tyler as CEO, move its headquarters to Texas and open a distribution center in Seattle.