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Mass Customization & Personalization: Rising Trends in 2021

In our eBook Emerging Above & Beyond: 21 Insights for 2021 from Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Technology Executives, two technology executives discuss the critical importance of personalization. With the dramatic rise in e-commerce during the pandemic and experts agreeing that it will only accelerate, hyper-personalization has emerged as a [...]

2021-04-15T20:28:44+00:00April 1, 2021|Categories: e-Commerce, Innovation, Technology|Tags: , , , |

Micro-fulfilment & Why It Matters

What is micro-fulfilment? Let's start with a definition of micro-fulfilment. It refers to small-scale distribution centers located closer to the end customer to address the issue associated with the last mile. These micro-fulfilment centers are often attached to local retail stores or contained in larger distribution centers. For example, [...]

Special Report: 21 Insights for 2021

Since 2020 was certainly a year of exceptions, when I started thinking about publishing a predictions report for 2021, I thought it was better to evolve it to what would be most meaningful to clients and colleagues for the year ahead. Thus, we repositioned to focus on key lessons [...]

Industry 4.0 & Why People Are Even More Important

The more technology we use, the more we need a high level of engagement with people. As John Naisbitt, the preeminent social forecaster of our time and the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Megatrends, said, "High tech. High touch." He was absolutely correct. The more [...]
2021-03-03T22:45:35+00:00February 24, 2021|Categories: I've Been Thinking, Leadership, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , |

Which Technologies are Gaining Momentum in Supply Chain?

The technological transformation is occurring at an unprecedented pace. What was expected to happen by 2035 is in process now. Industry 4.0 has taken manufacturing and supply chain by storm. Executives are realizing that they must upgrade their technological infrastructure to thrive in 2021. Which technologies are gaining momentum [...]

Collaborative Partnerships & Creating Resiliency

As we see which companies emerge stronger from COVID, it is becoming apparent that those with a resilient supply chain and strong supply chain partnerships thrive while the rest are coming out in a weakened state. Of course, the situation has not stayed the same - those constantly changing [...]

Digital is Key to Manufacturing in 2021

As I wrote in this month's Brushware magazine (page 20), manufacturing is trending to digital. We were already on this path the last few years, and it accelerated 5 fold during COVID. According to the Hackett Group, 77% of companies have strengthened their commitments to digital transformation [...]

The Prominence of Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Technology

Although much is in doubt as we go into 2021, there is one area that is certain. Manufacturing, supply chain and technology will be prominent, essential and progressive. According to Bloomberg, an Institute for Supply Management gauge of factory activity unexpectedly increased to 60.7 from 57.5. To support vaccine [...]

Manufacturers Trending to Digital

Published in Brushware Magazine, December 31, 2020 According to the Hackett Group, 77% of companies have strengthened their commitment to digital transformation due to the COVID crisis. In fact, they are not only strengthening their commitment, but the pace of adoption is increasing. A McKinsey survey found that the [...]

Pivotal Year for Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Although I meant this phrase in reference to 2020, there is no doubt 2021 will also be a pivotal year for manufacturing and supply chain. The pandemic created significant disruption yet it also created VAST opportunities for those already prepared and/or resilient and innovative. Customers [...]
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