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How to Resist the Christmas Productivity Slide

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas: toys in stores, holly on doors and unproductive workers, possibly drunk on floors.

How Manufacturers can Learn from Mother Nature

As manufacturers continually look for ways to improve products and solve design challenges, they're looking more to Mother Nature as a source of inspiration.

Companies Eyeing 10% Productivity Gain Thanks to Automation

The mass commercialization of self-driving cars and virtual offices may still seem like futuristic concepts to many business leaders. But automation technology is advancing fast, offering CEOs across various industries scope to enjoy sizable near-term boosts in productivity, according to a new survey.

How to Prevent Supply-Chain Scandals: a Stanford Professor Shares his Tips

The problem of unethical supply-chain practices has reared its ugly head again, challenging business leaders from even the most reputable companies to verify the stringency of their checks and balances.

Supply-Chain Costs Ease as Shipping Glut Persists

The world's biggest container line, A.P. Moller-Maersk, this morning booked a sharp decline in profit, indicating the recent spike in transport prices caused by the collapse of rival Hanjin shipping was more a blip than a boom.

U.S. Manufacturing’s Productivity Depends on the Sector and Point of View

In the highly politicized environment leading up to the 2016 presidential election, there are varying and drastically differing viewpoints about the state of manufacturing in the United States. Some argue that American manufacturing is doomed, while others say it's rapidly growing and entering a new era of productivity.

Supply-Chain Costs Rise as “Nuclear Bomb” Hits Global Shipping

A crisis has emerged in the global shipping industry, pushing up transport rates and leaving CEOs questioning whether they'll need to consider passing increased supply-chain costs onto their customers.

How to Optimize Costs and Growth with Demand-Based Approaches

For many companies, cost-cutting efforts quickly translate into a competitive “race to the bottom” in which retailers, manufacturers and consumers alike all lose out on greater growth and access to exciting innovations. It’s a dangerous cycle, but it doesn’t have to happen.

Nike Could Move Some Manufacturing Jobs Closer to Home

Nike is entering into a partnership in a deal that could move manufacturing facilities closer to their markets to meet the rising demand for apparel.

New Potential Way to Manufacture Glass Could Improve Efficiencies

Recent findings by university researchers may reveal a more efficient way to manufacture glass. This could be a significant discovery for an energy-intensive industry where heating constitutes a large portion of production costs.
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