Automotive electronics can cause confusion and legal worries for repair shops, and it's worth knowing that calibrations are not the same as scanning before or after repairs, writes Mitch Becker. "Whether you do mechanical repairs in-house or farm them out, you as the shop must know what how and when to do the electronic procedures associated with [advanced driver-assistance systems]," Becker argues.
Actionable information systems, or connected video, will help manufacturers to ramp up security, identify inventory issues and spot potential production flaws, writes Michael Bachelor, president at Bachelor Controls. To do this, he writes, video cameras must have Wi-Fi or USB IP capabilities and be able to function in real-time, like smart sensors.
Companies can resolve seemingly unresolvable issues in sales and operations planning by using cognitive technology supported by artificial intelligence and machine learning to analyze data more quickly and improve decision-making, writes Denise Byers. "It removes from S&OP stakeholders the near-impossible task of aggregating information and generating actionable insights," Byers writes.
Electrical systems should be regularly examined and upgraded ahead of a potential disruption in power supply that can be costly in terms of downtime, labor and profit. A recent upgrade for a manufacturer of nylon intermediates focused on protecting its primary transmission line by installing a new switchyard, adding a redundant fiber optic network and giving each power source a dedicated substation transformer.
Manufacturers need to rethink how they market themselves to potential hires, upgrade HR's processes and understand that competition comes from all industries, writes Pragmadik CEO Andrea Belk Olson. "Even though you might believe a candidate is seeking a position in the manufacturing industry, they might be able to simply find a better paying, more flexible and higher-growth job in another industry," she writes.
US and EU negotiators will meet Tuesday in hopes of quickly reaching a trade deal featuring zero tariffs and nontariff barriers, as outlined by President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has emphasized Trump's desire for speedy action, saying "this is not meant to be a five-year project."
The consumer goods and packaged goods industry sees value in supply chain sustainability with cost savings being the biggest driver of change, according to an iPont Systems study. It found 92% of firms are behind on their commitments to sustainability, but factors such as reducing environmental impact and protecting reputation continue to drive supply chain efforts.
Delays from traffic congestion cost the trucking industry $74.5 billion in operational expenses in 2016, according to the American Transportation Research Institute. That's the equivalent to almost 1.2 billion hours of productivity loss or 425,533 drivers not working for a year.
Walmart-owned Sam's Club will offer online shopping and delivery via Instacart from half its US stores by the end of October, the companies said. The deal, which represents an expansion of Walmart's partnership with Instacart, will also allow nonmembers to shop online at Sam's Club.
Employees who are eager to please often take on too much work, which is all the more reason for CEOs and other leaders to establish clear goals for their teams, writes Joel Trammell, CEO of Black Box Network Services. "Once an employee truly understands the mission and strategy, he or she has a powerful sorting tool for incoming requests," he writes.