Warehouses continue to look for efficiency and ways to minimize logistics problems, but they are increasingly implementing technology workers are familiar with to streamline adoption. Smartphones, for example, are something millennial workers know how to use, and they can do most tasks necessary.
Henry Schein will make its animal health division an independent company and merge it with Vets First Choice to form Vets First Corp., which will be majority owned by Henry Schein shareholders. Vets First Choice CEO Ben Shaw will lead the new company.
Thermo Fisher Scientific will expand a manufacturing facility in St. Louis by 64,000 square feet. The $50 million project will expand Thermo Fisher's biologic drug substance operations and create 80 technical positions.
Seemingly vexing company problems can be easier to comprehend with the insights of field representatives -- if companies are willing to listen, writes Ian Heller. Heller shares how working with a sales rep while at Grainger helped him better understand a specific market segment.
A highly connected digital platform that allows for real-time data tracking and a high level of customer personalization are critical for companies looking to compete in business-to-business e-commerce, writes Srini Venugopal of Epicor Software. Competitive B2B firms, he argues, must also ensure product choices are accessible and detailed production information is available online.
Automotive experts say Tesla has tried to do too much, too quickly with automation, experiencing similar problems other automakers encountered in earlier large-scale automation efforts.
Researchers have successfully created rich, true pigments of virtually every color expect for red, although the discovery of YInMn blue in 2009 has sparked hope for further innovation. The pigments industry is worth about $30 billion, according to research firm Ceresana.
Factory workers are open to smart technology, but they want or expect to have a role in the decision-making process, according to an Intel study. "These individuals are potential allies in the path to the future, if only we can harness their interest in change," study authors Irene Petrick and Faith McCreary write.
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