At the same time it announced the locations of its two new headquarters facilities in New York and Virginia, Amazon said it will also make a significant investment in Nashville, Tenn. The new operations center is expected to create as many as 5,000 jobs, making it the largest employment boost in the state's history.
Amazon announced Tuesday that it will split its planned second headquarters between Long Island City, N.Y., and the Crystal City area of Arlington, Va. The selection of the sites, which will create a total of about 50,000 new jobs and bring $5 billion in new investment, comes after a search that took more than a year and began with 238 competing cities.
Learning to lead well requires a combination of "learning and doing," writes Wally Bock. Accept that mistakes are a part of growth and commit to the work that gets less fanfare, such as working side-by-side with teams to model the behavior and performance you expect, he writes.
Supply chain operators can combine blockchain and advanced analytics to identify and prevent financial fraud -- an issue that's affected about 30% of companies over the last five years, reports Deloitte. "[E]arly adopters could glean interesting competitive advantage by leveraging blockchain's inherent anti-fraud functionality," says Mike Prokop of Deloitte & Touche.
The most effective salespeople know their clients -- their value propositions, their company structures and, most importantly, how to target them with a specific case for your product or service, writes author Troy Harrison. "To eliminate surface selling, you should position yourself so that you have great and specific answers to the question, 'Why is this a solution for my business in particular?' " he writes.
The internet of things and cloud computing are driving the fourth industrial revolution, giving rise to robotics, automation and other technologies that change how people work and the jobs they perform, writes Christopher Mims. While measuring the impact of the shift through a series of charts, Mims argues that the US risks falling behind China in terms of robotics and research & development spending.
Overall equipment effectiveness is a useful metric that allows manufacturers to compare equipment within the same plant or across multiple factories side by side, potentially uncovering opportunities for improvement, writes Louis Columbus of IQMS. "The surest way to increase OEE is to find new ways to permanently improve product quality, gaining a great reputation with customers in the process," he writes.
Networks should be designed from the ground up with cybersecurity in mind, says Gary DiFazio of Tripwire. DiFazio details six other fundamental steps for securing assets, including event monitoring and asset inventory.
The belief that failing fast is the ideal way to test out and implement changes in a digital supply chain isn't ideal, notes Richard Bradley and Meg Alderman, who say moving towards a customized, adaptive strategy is best when trying to scale. This guide offers comprehensive guidelines for building a digital supply network that allows for scaling quickly with the right strategy for the organization.
There's a direct relationship between safety and productivity, says Mark Eitzman of Rockwell Automation, noting that the safest companies worldwide are also the most productive. Top performers, he adds, are efficient at analyzing data and encourage collaboration between safety and engineering teams.