When employees are feeling "stuck, struggling or successful," leaders should be able to reframe stories to provide hope, encouragement and motivation, writes Mark Sanborn. "Sometimes people need to be resold on themselves; to hear the encouragement from someone they know and trust that they can do it," he writes.
Indian River Consulting Group's Pandemic Revenue Index of 14 distributors rose by 18.4% the week of Jan. 4-8. The jump follows two holiday weeks that also saw increases.
The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors' 2021 Digital Summit on Jan. 27 and 28 "won't be just another Zoom meeting," NAW President and CEO Eric Hoplin says. The digital format will allow more people to attend, where they will experience exclusive content; "interactive elements like polling and chat forums with speakers;" and "valuable opportunities to engage, learn, listen and talk with peers," Hoplin says.
Formlabs is showing off its breakthrough wax-based resin that can serve as a material for 3D printing. "I think the industry as a whole is probably going to start moving towards end-use and more manufacturing use -- not as much focus on prototyping," says engineering leader Kathy Bui.
Arcimoto is projecting annual sales of 50,000 of its three-wheeled electric vehicles in the next two years and in preparation is acquiring a 185,000-square-foot factory. The facility "helps reduce risk during scale" and saves time that would be spent planning a new factory, says Chief Strategy Officer Jesse Fittipaldi.
Focusing on data rather networks is the best way to achieve a zero-trust security model, writes Altaz Valani of Security Compass. With remote work and flexible schedules obscuring network perimeters, a data-centric approach allows for greater security by requiring authentication each time employees try to access data.
Makers of computer chips are seeing strong demand from manufacturers across industries, creating supply issues that won't be easy to resolve because of lengthy development and production cycles. Contract chip manufacturers are being asked to increase production and investment as a result.
Manufacturers in need of new workers can benefit from top-down, structured diversity and inclusion policies that address common pitfalls and expand the available pool of talent, write Gina Janeiro and Hadley Simonett. Workplace cultures need attention, too, whether it's in the form of cliques or inadequate training for staff and supervisors, they write.
Ports in Southern California are grappling with rising dockworker illnesses and surging imports, which have led to a backlog of ships awaiting available docks and slowed the delivery of goods to retailers. "The Americans that have not been impacted by COVID will continue to spend, and the surge could go on through late spring," said Mario Cordero, the Port of Long Beach's executive director.
The Transportation Security Administration is set to release rules that could allow some commercial shippers to ensure the security of their own cargo rather than screening it at airports. "Anytime you can push the screening responsibility upstream, it's a good thing for the carrier because it's an on-time business," said Gary Wade, vice president of security at Atlas Air.