Columbus Day 2018

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Columbus Day is a U.S. federal holiday commemorating the date when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas. Because Columbus and colonization remain controversial subjects, Columbus Day is not as widely celebrated as other U.S. celebration of Columbus’ landing on 12 October 1492 took place some 300 years later (1792) “by the Columbian Order (Society of St. Columbus Day has been observed on the second Monday of October since 1971.

5 Reasons Why Manufacturers Who Focus on Customer Experience Will Win


Manufacturers have always struggled to know their customers. Unfortunately, this means manufacturers face an even greater challenge, as more customers translate into greater use of customer service. But, our predictions’ post noted how manufacturers are having trouble with transforming customer input into responsiveness and enhancements to the customer experience. But, how do manufacturers turn their focus to the customer experience? Manufacturing

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5 Reasons Why The Use of the IIoT by Manufacturers Is Unavoidable


The Industrial Internet of Things ( IIoT ) has been a major topic among manufacturers and third-party logistics providers ( 3PLs ) for several years. However, the IIoT is beginning to encroach on all aspect of manufacturing and supply chain management for its wide-ranging deployment and application to improving processes. Over 2017, this will become an impossibility as the IIoT by manufacturers moves closer to every aspect of the economy and business operations, and you know why.

Manufacturers, Technology, and the Digital Age

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Manufacturers have historically found themselves at the cutting edge of technological advances. It’s surprising, then, to read stories encouraging manufacturers to jump aboard the Digital Age technology bandwagon. ” He noted, “Each of these technologies will fundamentally change how products are manufactured.” 2] It makes perfect sense that manufacturing must adapt to the digital age. Manufacturing Cycle Time.

Trends 2019: Manufacturing

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Over half-a-dozen years ago, Brookings Institution analysts, Susan Helper, Timothy Krueger, and Howard Wial, asserted, “Manufacturing matters to the United States because it provides high-wage jobs, commercial innovation (the nation’s largest source), a key to trade deficit reduction, and a disproportionately large contribution to environmental sustainability.”[1] Manufacturing trends. The changing manufacturing environment is often described as Industry 4.0

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5 Future Applications of the Industrial Internet of Things in Manufacturing & Logistics


Manufacturers are set to invest up to $70 billion in the Industrial Internet of Things ( IIoT ) by 2020, reports John Greenough of Business Insider. While leading manufacturers continue to review the scope and potential benefits of the Industrial Internet of Things the majority asserts Megan Crouse of , continue to debate the effectiveness and capacity to implement IIoT solutions in today’s manufacturing processes. IIoT’s Greatest Impacts on Manufacturing.

Manufacturing and Machine Learning

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Manufacturing remains an important part of any national economy — even as the service sector plays an increasingly important role in advanced economies. The loss of manufacturing jobs is part of the phenomenon that spurred the rise of political populism; however, there is near unanimity among analysts that manufacturing has changed forever. People longing for the return of blue collar, factory floor manufacturing jobs will ultimately be disappointed.

Trends and Predictions 2020: Manufacturing

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Thanks to the Trump administration’s trade wars, IDC analysts note, “Costs throughout the manufacturing value chain are seemingly impacted every day. The uncertainty appears likely to continue into 2020, and thus manufacturers’ optimism has experienced a noteworthy setback. … The coming year promises to be an ever-changing environment for manufacturers as they try to regain their footing amidst continued volatility in costs and policy decisions.”[1]

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Advanced Analytics Continue to Get a Bigger Plate at the Manufacturing Dinner Table


Manufacturers face thousands, if not millions, of potential problems and challenges in the coming year. In fact, an auto manufacturer in Flint made the decision to refrain from using the city supply of water in the manufacture of automobiles. Why Are Advanced Analytics Becoming Popular With Manufacturers? Data collection, analysis, and appropriation will be defining factors for manufacturers this year.

Digital Transformation Helps with Corporate Alignment

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For example, manufacturing may be tasked to fill all orders which requires having inventory on-hand in distribution centers. Louis Columbus ( @LouisColumbus ) suggest ten way cognitive technologies can help companies achieve successful digital transformations.[4] Columbus writes, “AI is helping to more precisely define customers’ preferences and needs, leading to more accurate personas that guide digital transformation projects from the very beginning.”

6 Recent Trends in Manufacturing Technology to Increase Agile Responsiveness, Continuous Improvement & Customization


A Quick Recap of Recent Trends in Manufacturing Technology to Think About 2017. Although apps and smart devices will make an impact in manufacturing technologies this year, a few other recent trends in manufacturing technology will dramatically redefine industry standards. Sustainable alternatives to traditional manufacturing will replace existing processes, and avoiding the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will finally become impossible.

Study Shows Two-Thirds of Companies Yet to Execute Digital Transformation in Supply Chain Planning


A North American-based survey of nearly 200 supply chain professionals from top CPG, distribution/wholesale, food and beverage, manufacturing, and retail companies found that 58% of respondents are still in the exploring or evaluating phases of digital transformation. Founded in 2002, Spinnaker has offices in Boston, Columbus, Denver, Houston, Memphis, Pittsburgh, London, and Singapore. PRESS RELEASE.

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Artificial Intelligence and Omnichannel Operations

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“Inventory optimization is a complicated thing that touches many aspects of the consumer goods supply chain, and often requires close coordination among manufacturers and distributors. 5] Louis Columbus, “ 10 Ways AI & Machine Learning Are Revolutionizing Omnichannel ,” Forbes , 17 February 2019. [6] Many analysts believe the future of retail rests on the shoulders of omnichannel operations powered by artificial intelligence (AI).

The Internet of Things and the Supply Chain: Serious or Just Flirting?

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” Louis Columbus ( @LouisColumbus ), a Principal at IQMS, believes another technology, blockchain, will make the IoT/supply chain even stronger. … Blockchain and IoT are defining the future of supply chains based on the initial success of Proof of Concept pilots focused on the logistics, storage and track-and-trace areas of supply chains across manufacturing.”

It’s Turkey Time!


Unlike other manufacturing industries, it’s a lot harder to make up for a miscalculation in raw material needs when you’re dealing with living, breathing animals that only reproduce at a specified rate. Forget Columbus Day this year and come celebrate Thanksgiving with us instead! by Alexa Cheater Okay, so there may be a bunch of readers out there thinking ‘Huh? It’s not even close to Thanksgiving yet.’

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Trends Shaping Industry 4.0

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We live in the Digital Age and most business consultants insist businesses, including manufacturers, need to transform into digital enterprises in order succeed. Louis Columbus ( @LouisColumbus ), a Principal at IQMS, asserts, “Machine learning algorithms, applications, and platforms are helping manufacturers find new business models, fine-tune product quality, and optimize manufacturing operations to the shop floor level.”[2] Industry 4.0

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Agile retailing: new ways to manage uncertainty, disruption and innovation

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We are delighted to welcome Charlotte Kula-Przezwanski from Columbus Consulting (CCI) as our guest blogger. In the past 25 years alone, The Limited in the United States applied Toyota’s quick-response modular manufacturing process to reduce lead times from concept to market. At Columbus Consulting we believe it is the combination of mindset, principles, process, methods, and tools that enhance a retailer’s ability to lead change and adapt to it. Partner, Columbus Consulting.

People, Processes, and Technology All Required for Supply Chain Transformation

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UPS analysts note, “From advances in information availability to cutting-edge manufacturing processes to increased supply chain visibility, there’s no shortage of tools … companies can arm themselves with to stay relevant — and competitive. Louis Columbus ( @LouisColumbus ) goes so far as to insist, “Analytics will revolutionize supply chains in 2018.”[7] ” Emergence of digital manufacturing technologies.

Navigating inventory through the eye of the COVID storm


For consumer hardware manufacturer Tricam, they were “Were already facing challenges with our supply chain and imports” as “almost all of it is made in China,” the first country to be hit by COVID-19 noted Andrew Larson, the company’s Fulfilment Director. “By

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Reflections, Thank-you(s) and Rethinking the Future

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Localized manufacturing. Shipment and manufacturing of the unit of one. Two million sailors died between the age of Columbus and the invention of steam engines. Last week I spoke at the CLX Logistics Conference in Philadelphia on the future of Supply Chain Management.

Who said supply chains are boring?: Seven Great Historical.

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Christopher Columbus: A Logistical Pioneer. When they finally saw Hispaniola, Columbus ran the Santa Maria aground. Manufacturing Central. Who said supply chains are boring? Whenever I tell a friend, colleague or family member about my job as soon as the words "supply chain" are muttered I immediately see glassy eyes followed by a yawn or two. Little do they realize that every time they discard or recycle a carton of milk they are completing the end of the supply chain cycle.

Predictive Analytics: Supply Chain’s Cloudy Crystal Ball

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The 2019 MHI Annual Industry Report polled more than 1,000 industry leaders, with most hailing from manufacturing and supply chain industries. ” Systems, like the Enterra Intelligent Inventory Management System , are designed to help retailers and manufacturers better manage inventory fluctuations. How often have you wished you could glance into a crystal ball and see the future?

New Panama Canal Options: Running the Numbers with a TMS


East Coast to Columbus, Ohio—as opposed to the traditional option of using West Coast facilities—are negligible. Also, shippers want short transit times for fashion items, while pump manufacturers prefer higher inventory levels in warehouses—not on ships—so they can take advantage of every opportunity to make sales. New Panama Canal Options: Running the Numbers with a TMS.Connect by TMC.

Who said supply chains are boring?: 6. Winfield Scott: A Native.

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Last week we highlighted Christopher Columbus: A Logistical Pioneer. Manufacturing Central. Who said supply chains are boring? Whenever I tell a friend, colleague or family member about my job as soon as the words "supply chain" are muttered I immediately see glassy eyes followed by a yawn or two. Little do they realize that every time they discard or recycle a carton of milk they are completing the end of the supply chain cycle.

Technology Helping Truckers & City Planners Reduce Traffic


In a pilot program in Columbus, Ohio, government vehicles collaborated with public data-sharing programs to better understand traffic flow and greatly improve the “pacing” of their city’s traffic lights. She is a regular contributor to Manufacturing Transformation and American Machinist. Traffic and congestion are expensive and annoying problems for any city and its people. It seems to have been getting worse for a while , too.

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Van Rates Sag, Flatbeds Add 2¢, Before Q1 Closes

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Meanwhile, Buffalo had a bounce-back week, and it was in the mix on several key van lanes: Columbus to Buffalo , up 30¢ to $3.73/mile. HOT MARKETS : Rock Island , IL, is home to farm equipment manufacturers, who must have shipped a bunch of orders last week. We're just a few days away from Easter and Passover, which coincide with the close of the first quarter. It's common for shippers to hustle freight out the door before the quarter ends, and this is the deadline.

Why Branch Put Down Roots in Minneapolis


Since Techstars, we’ve relocated from Pasadena, increased our staff, raised $10 million in funding, and expanded our product offering across verticals including retail, restaurants, hospitality, call centers, manufacturing facilities, and banking. While tech on the coasts builds products that help young, urban Millennials, we see opportunity in tackling the big problems of the entrenched industries of this region -- healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, and retail.