Amazon, Target and Macy's have announced significant hiring plans ahead of the holiday season. UPS says it will hire 95,000 people to handle holiday-related shipping, while FedEx will hire an additional 50,000 workers for the holidays.
Alibaba and JD.com have committed almost $330 million to improve parcel-delivery efficiency as the e-commerce giants prep for the upcoming Singles' Day event. Alibaba's logistic arm, Cainiao Network, is establishing 40,000 residential pickup locations across the region while JD.com is providing subsidies to its merchants to offset higher warehousing and distribution costs.
Carelessness exhibited by employees was cited by 54% of IT professionals as the primary cause of cybersecurity incidents in the workplace, a study by Keeper Security and the Ponemon Institute has found. Issues with passwords also were cited as problematic, with many respondents saying that password policies did not exist or were not enforced at their companies.
Emotionally intelligent leaders set aside their egos to recognize weaknesses and work through them, writes LaRae Quy. Embrace the discomfort, practice and experiment, and hire smart people to fill in the gaps, she writes.
The authors of "The Loyalist Team: How Trust, Candor and Authenticity Create Great Organizations" discuss their research into the ideal team dynamics. "On these teams, individuals trust each other without reservation and assume positive intent, put the team agenda ahead of any personal agenda and hold each other accountable," they say.
Good facilitators don't have to be formal leaders -- they just need to be able to bring people together to work toward solutions. There are many ways to facilitate effectively, including forgoing an agenda, using small groups to collaborate and providing more information in a written format than through speaking, Brandon Klein writes.
Thyssenkrupp and Tata Steel have agreed to merge their European operations to compete more effectively with imports and address overcapacity. Thyssenkrupp expects to have a contract by early 2018, pending regulatory approval.
Distribution centers and warehouses should consider replacing bring-your-own-device arrangements with mobility as a service, writes Marco Nielsen of Stratix Corporation. MaaS provides hardware and software consistency while allowing for upgrades, he writes.
Third-party logistics providers need to provide deep visibility throughout the supply chain, along with strong IT capabilities and an emphasis on relationships, writes Scott McDevitt of Translogistics. Cost savings alone is insufficient, he argues.
Resistance to moving on from expensive legacy systems keeps manufacturers from making progress on quality management, writes Steven Brand of California Manufacturing Technology Consulting. Other barriers include the challenges of a more complex and global supply chain.