Global Economy, Competitiveness, Foreign Trade, Operations, Supply Chain, Logistics
China aspires to create a New Silk Road—a massive trade loop spanning three continents. Through the project, the government intends to diversify and increase alternative energy supplies, create an infrastructure network to boost trade with Eurasia, and promote the economic development of some of its relatively poor provinces.
Growth & Innovation, Research & Development, Research, Innovation, Operations, Continuous Improvement, Operational Excellence, Lean, Information Technology
Given the global reach of manufacturing and the intensifying policy focus that the factory sector has enjoyed in recent years, it is critical for the public, manufacturing executives, and governments to gain perspective on what some are dubbing a “new industrial revolution.
The SEC’s conflict minerals rule is on the rocks, with the D.C. Circuit Court and two sitting SEC commissioners questioning its viability. Meanwhile, the SEC insists the June 2 reporting deadline stands, creating uncertainty for manufacturers.
Operations, Information Technology, IT Policies, IT Security, Risk & Compliance, Legal, Labor & Employment Practices
“Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) is the practice through which employees use their personally owned computing devices to connect to their employers’ computer networks. Companies that allow BYOD should consider adopting an effective policy providing important guidance regarding employee–employer interaction, addressing employer access, security, compliance with company policies, and geographical limitations.
Manufacturers can help policymakers better understand their needs: first, by helping lawmakers gain a true appreciation for manufacturing's importance to economic growth; and second, by alerting them to the very real challenges that American manufacturers face, many of which stem from negligence on the part of policymakers. To this end, MAPI has done the research for NAM's 9th edition of The Facts About Modern Manufacturing, a snapshot of how American manufacturing is faring in this evolving global marketplace.
Global Economy, Competitiveness, Government Policy, Operations, Supply Chain
With its Plan Nord, the Quebec government has committed to generating CAD 80 billion in investment over 25 years in the north of the province, including several billion public dollars to build core infrastructure and improve local socioeconomic conditions. The area’s resources include 75,000 square miles of commercial forest; vast hydroelectric, wind, and solar power potential; unspoiled landscapes and wildlife to sustain tourism; and important mineral resources—including rare earth elements.
Operations, Information Technology, IT Policies, Mobile Device Management
More than 60 million tablet computers were purchased in 2011, with Apple's iPad dominating the category. Well over three-quarters of businesses in the market for tablets plan to buy iPads, leaving little room for competitors such as Samsung, Amazon, HP, Dell, and RIM. While this is great news for Apple (and its investors), the real question is: what are businesses doing with all these tablets?