U.S. Manufacturing Grows but Slower

U.S. manufacturing has been on a growth track, but that trend is slowing, according to supply chain executives polled in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business.  The overall economy has grown for 122nd consecutive month, with economic activity in manufacturing expanding in June. However, growth has been modest, perhaps related to a variety of…

Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) Launches MiR Finance – a “Robot as a Service” (RaaS) Leasing Program

HOLBROOK, New York – Mobile Industrial Robots, the first mover and market leader in autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), launched its new mobile robot leasing program. Often refered to as ”robots as a service” (RaaS), leasing lets companies of any size—from small start-ups to multinational enterprises—deploy mobile robot solutions with low (or no) upfront costs and…

Global Uncertainty Puts Resiliency in Focus

Especially in the global electronics industry, supply chain disruptors, including economic, political, geographic and more, abound.  Perhaps more than in other sectors, electronics OEMs and their suppliers find themselves dealing with a variety of countries, each with its own risk profile.   FM Global recently released its 2019 FM Global Resilience Index, which for the…

Robotics Drives Supply Chain Profits

A recent Information Services Group (ISG) study suggests that something big is happening: 72% of information services (IS) enterprises plan to increase their investment in robotics by the end of the 2019. Why? Because automation and IS are a natural fit. Leading companies worldwide are beginning to use robotics to boost their warehouse efficiency and…

Discovering the New World of Cross-Border E-Commerce

When Christopher Columbus returned from his first voyage to the Americas he was met with some dismissive criticism.  Some suggested his accomplishment wasn’t all that impressive and that the discovery of the Americas was inevitable.  Upon his return, legend has it that he entertained dignitaries at a fancy dinner by requesting that everyone be given…