The North American Free Trade Agreement will be renegotiated this year, and is likely to affect supply chains. Edwin Lopez in this article explores how supply chains will change, ultimately to save costs, and the importance of modernization and managing trade partners effectively.
AmerisourceBergen partnered with Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain to study the impact of standardized serialization and supply-chain visibility on achieving end-to-end traceability, which the Drug Supply Chain Security Act mandates by 2023. Data quality, communication and collaboration are essential to complying with DSCSA's requirements, said Chris Reed of Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain.
Distribution centers that want to avoid ransomware attacks must prepare before Microsoft stops supporting its mobile operating system in 2020, writes Ron Kubera of Lucas Systems. Distribution centers should assess which devices are vulnerable and develop migration plans, Kubera writes.
A focus on design is essential to manufacturers who want to unlock the full value of additive manufacturing, writes Sarat Babu, CEO of Betatype. "One of the big challenges here is that software really needs to be informed by the entire process from design to production," Babu writes.
A do-it-for-me marketing approach provided immediate access to marketing experts without the strain of recruiting, Scott Costanzo of Cataract Steel writes. This approach can increase lead generation and provide the data needed for customized follow-ups, he writes.
Software can be an essential component of communication between design and manufacturing teams, Diego Tamburini of Autodesk writes. Manufacturers who apply generative design techniques eliminate the waste of designing components that can't be manufactured, he writes.
A short YouTube video of a failing and falling drone shows the vulnerability of 3D printing to hackers. Researchers at the University of South Alabama, Ben Gurion University and Singapore University of Technology and Design demonstrated how a hacker with access to the computer host of a 3D design could introduce subtle changes that fatally undermine the final printed product.
As cyberattacks increase and become more complex, companies need to focus on resource management to best protect themselves, Christopher Mims writes. Some basic "security hygiene" tips include using the cloud, investing in technology with "baked-in security" and making sure IT staff members can also handle cybersecurity.
Businesses must understand whether their purchasing culture is financial or operational to use their supply chains most effectively, writes Ned Hill of the College of Engineering's Ohio Manufacturing Institute at Ohio State University. A solely financial purchasing culture can lead to product failures and liability, Hill writes.
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