Supply Chain
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10/12/2018

Holiday sales are expected to increase by nearly 5% over last year, but a report by Optoro suggests retailers may not be ready to handle the high return rate that is standard for e-commerce. Liquidation through auction sites such as eBay or B-Stock is one option.

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Supply Chain Dive
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eBay, Optoro
10/12/2018

An undercover investigation suggests Apple overcharges customers for repairs and prioritizes replacements over repairs. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation was quoted $1,200 for repairs to a computer by an Apple employee, but an independent repair shop said the cost to repair was about $75.

10/12/2018

There's no single way to pursue lean principles, but the companies that have the greatest success are the ones that do it continuously, says Rachna Shah, a professor at the University of Minnesota. Without an ongoing focus "in a disciplined way over the long term, you cannot have the same levels of improvement in productivity," Shah says.

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University of Minnesota
10/12/2018

Manufacturers are more vulnerable than other industries to state-directed cyberattacks, according to a 2018 report from Verizon, writes Indegy Chief Technology Officer Mille Gandelsman. Gandelsman offers advice on three areas manufacturers can shore up.

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Automation
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Mille Gandelsman, Verizon
10/12/2018

Threat analysis, when used correctly, is a powerful way to secure industrial internet of things assets, writes Satish Gannu of ABB. "The first step in threat analysis would be to hold off taking any immediate action -- patching, not patching, something else -- until we validate if a system vulnerability actually exists and, if it does, how it can be exploited," he writes.

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Dark Reading
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ABB
10/12/2018

A survey from Deloitte found that most respondents prioritize supply chain digitization, but are less likely to consider it a factor in innovation. Chief supply chain officers are also unlikely to be making such investment decisions, the survey found.

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Deloitte Insights
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Deloitte
10/12/2018

Companies can ensure their contractors and suppliers uphold their standards for safety by following practices such as pre-qualifying potential partners and conducting a full risk assessment before work begins.

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EHS Daily Advisor
10/12/2018

Science, technology, engineering and math learning is the gateway to careers in manufacturers for men and women alike, writes USG Corp. CEO and President Jennifer Scanlon. Manufacturers and schools should be hosting each other and working together to show young people how STEM skills can be applied to manufacturing, she writes.

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IndustryWeek
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USG, Jennifer Scanlon
10/12/2018

Hurricane Michael's path from the Florida Panhandle up through the Carolinas left numerous truck terminals closed due to power outages and damage. The storm's impact on the industry will come as spot market truckload rates spike while relief efforts consume truck capacity and supply chain disruption continues.

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Carolinas
10/12/2018

With more warehouses located on the outskirts of town to meet growing e-commerce demands, cities have had to update transit options to allow workers to reach these locations. Dallas Area Rapid Transit is using GoLink, an on-demand app-based service that allows logistics companies and warehouses for retailers to get workers in place.