sensors

How Sensors Are Moving Materials Handling Toward Safe Automation, Part 2

This is the second article in a two-part series The Industry 4.0 revolution is enabling new levels of automation, including a new generation of sensors-rich automated guided vehicles (AGVs) for use in the first wave of smart manufacturing and distribution facilities. This revolution also requires new ways of thinking across all aspects of materials handling, especially…

How Sensors Are Moving Materials Handling Toward Safe Automation

This is the first article in a two-part series The Industry 4.0 revolution is enabling new levels of automation, including a new generation of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) for use in the first wave of smart manufacturing and distribution facilities. This revolution also requires new ways of thinking across all aspects of materials handling, especially when…

How Businesses Can Control Costs in an Uncertain Trade Environment

U.S. trade policies are making headlines as the Trump Administration re-examines international trade agreements and implements tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Cost increases in raw materials, trade compliance or the transportation of goods disproportionally impact small and midsized businesses, according to research by Freightos, an online freight marketplace. Among companies that import infrequently –…

High-Tech Tackles Logistics

High-tech companies are developing leading-edge solutions to improve a variety of functions in logistics—a complex web of freight movers, third-party logistics companies and parcel delivery services. Here are a handful of companies that have recently launched logistics-related products and services: Freightos has developed an online marketplace that gives importers and exporters on-demand access to global freight services. Freight forwarders,…

tech trends

7 Tech Trends to Watch in 2017

Forecasting is still alive and well in spite of the U.S. presidential election’s outcome. Pundits claim the 2016 election was unprecedented. Businesses are hoping the same will be said about 2017’s technology market. Trends don’t necessarily guarantee market success, but as IHS Markit points out, they do impact business and consumer behavior. While 2016 was generally flat for…

Purchasing Survey: SMBs Bullish on 2017

U.S. small-and-midsized manufacturers expect to end 2016 with increased revenue, moderate capex investments and more employees, according to the PrimeAdvantage 2016 annual Purchasing and Manufacturing survey. Overall, data points to strong and sustainable growth for the broader U.S. and North American economies. Strength in mid-market manufacturing is yielding continued R&D investments for the high-tech sector,…

Leveraging Trade For Better Results, Part 1

(This is the first of two articles examining the challenges companies face regarding international trade and the results of the KPMG Thomson Reuters 2016 Global Trade Management survey) Trade has become a hot-button political issue in 2016 thanks to Brexit and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Even before these extraordinary developments, international businesses have been struggling to…