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Technology – Should We Take It or Leave It?

Technology - should we take it or leave it? Its adoption has impacts on ROI, if strategically aligned with business goals.

Fully Autonomous Vehicles Will Be Here by 2020

Autonomous vehicles seem to arise at every corner.  Last week, I heard a presentation on autonomous vehicles by the executive VP of Hyundai, and earlier this week, I participated on a panel at Future Ports Annual Conference with a Caltrans researcher on autonomous vehicles.  What is clear is that [...]

Robots & Demographics

According to Industry Week and Moody's Investor Service, there could be a significant upside to robots with the near-term demographic time bomb in Japan and Germany.

The L.A. Times & Automation

I toured the Los Angeles Times last week and was impressed with the automation.  Although newspapers seems like an old business, it was impressive in pure size and volume with minimal people.

Are Robots Good or Bad?

According to the Material Handling & Logistics, robots are slashing U.S. wages and worsening pay inequality.  That is certainly a provocative statement!  According to new research by MIT's Daron Acemoglu and Boston University's Pascual Restrepo, one additional robot per thousand workers reduces the employment to population ratio from .18 percentage points to .34 percentage points and slashes wages from .25% to .5%.  

What’s Important in Technology?

Technology is an integral part of managing your business and supply chain. Are you leveraging technology to improve your business performance?

What are Executives Looking for in Supply Chain Professionals?

What are executives looking for in supply chain professionals?  That was the topic of the panel I participated on at the Drucker Supply Chain Forum with executives from the Walt Disney Company, Source Intelligence, Intelligent Audit and CSCMP.   So, what is the consensus?

Manufacturers Upbeat But Worry About Skills Gap

According to Industry Week, the Fed's survey of the economy expressed optimism; however, it also noted that labor markets are tightening.  Since I'm also embarking on refrehsing my 2013 Skills Gap research report, thus far, I've noted the same concerns for high-skilled positions. I hear far less conversation about [...]

Is Digitization Hype?

Digitization isn't going to take over our day-to-day operations anytime soon; however, if we want to lead in our industry and provide exceptional service to our customers, we better get ahead of this curve, no matter how slow-moving at the moment.  
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