5 Most Common Warehouse Monsters

Most people wouldn’t call the average warehouse a spooky or scary place, but many are haunted by a variety of monsters that attack business efficiency and kill employee morale.  To experienced supply chain executives, these challenges are more frightening than Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and a horde of ghosts and goblins combined.  Most of…

10 Reasons New Product Launches Fails

Having a great product idea is hard. Getting that product from the drawing board to the hands of consumers is even harder. If it were easy, more people would be successful at it. In fact, companies both large and small can point to huge new product flops, especially in the high-tech electronics sector.  Consider this…

Let’s Celebrate U.S. Manufacturing Day

It may not have the cache of some of the more well-known holidays, but Manufacturing Day offers an important opportunity to raise awareness about manufacturing and its place in the United States economy. It’s time to let people know that present-day manufacturing offers exciting career opportunities in a highly technical industry. Today, four out of…

Successful Stores Solve Customer Problems

Every local electronics store or favorite online e-commerce gadget stop are there simply to sell products. Or are they? Increasingly, customers want more. They want to buy from retailers who solve their problems and do it quickly. This was a key takeaway from JDA Software Group’s second annual Voice of Store Manager Survey. “It’s clear that…

6 Common Myths About the Global Supply Chain

It should come as no surprise that supply chain is a determinant of business success. In today's digitally driven marketplace, almost nothing moves without the supply chain. Thanks to the industrial internet of things, the cloud, the smart factory and other trending technologies, businesses face increasing complexity in their supply chain. Keeping up with the…

Industrial IoT Boom Demands IP Networks

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and IP networks go together like bread and butter. In fact, the huge growth in IoT relies on access to IP-enabled networks in order to get the most out of the technology. Today’s factories and manufacturing plants are familiar with industrial IP. The technology eases the task of configuration and…

Organizations Aim for Operational Excellence

Increasingly, we live in a digital world. Organizations, then, are looking for ways to invest in systems and platforms that enhance their operational performance in ways that make them stand out from the crowd for their customers.  By choosing the right systems, organizations can enhance a variety of business goals, including on-time delivery, inventory turns,…

Digital Age Demands Supply Chain Restructuring

The digital age is upon us—and how organizations manage the transition to leveraging data more holistically will decide supply chain success and defeat. In fact, the only thing that that will be constant is change. A recent white paper from market research firm IDC, titled White Paper Digital Transformation Drives Supply Chain Restructuring Imperative, explained: …