Distributors need a sound e-commerce strategy and a commitment to operational excellence if they want to fend off Amazon Business and other competitors. "[W]hatever strategy is pursued, a distributor needs real-time ERP tracking of the quantity of each item in each storage location, including on receiving docks (inside and outside), and on the floor," Dick Friedman writes.
SpartanNash posted a profit of $15 million on revenue of $2.4 billion for the first quarter. Separately, the company has installed digital menus and listed calorie counts on food offerings at its Family Fare stores.
Avnet is consolidating four distribution centers into one Hong Kong-based facility. Separately, it's introducing new Pi-based offerings through Element14, which Avnet owns through its acquisition of Premier Farnell.
Makers of industrial equipment who integrate tasks and skills into a customercentric approach are safer, more cost-effective and more profitable, Mike Evans of Cambashi said in an interview.
Two-dimensional technology is critical to inspection processes, especially for tasks involving contrast detection and pattern alignment, writes Terry Arden of LMI Technologies. Its limitations include difficulty with lighting and object movement, he writes.
Sales and operations planners can measure demand planning's outcomes by creating specific objectives equivalent to production standards, Dave Turbide writes. Balancing demand and supply "eliminates a lot of the finger-pointing that often happens when things don't go quite as planned," he writes.
A successful industrial internet of things strategy begins with using automated information to control processes and accumulate data, writes Jason Andersen of Stratus Technologies. Three other important stages of IIoT development are insight, intelligence and invisibility.
Women comprise more than 50% of the staff on Carey Manufacturing's factory floor, compared with the average of roughly 30% reported by the Department of Labor.
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