The volume of B2B e-commerce in the U.S. is predicted to be a staggering $1.2 trillion by 2021. This enormous growth is the ongoing product of many disruptive forces acting on the current marketplace, including rapid technological adoption, changing customer behavior, and increasing competition. Manufacturers are facing more pressure than ever to open digital commerce channels as a strategy for driving sustained growth. But how exactly do you establish those channels? Who are they built for? What are the best practices?
Corporate Affairs, Growth & Innovation, Leadership, Functional Management, People Management, Human Resources, Leadership Development, Recruiting & Hiring, Staff Training & Development
Generation Z has arrived, and they're bigger, more diverse, and more tech savvy than their millennial predecessors. This blog post is the first in a three-part series detailing Gen Z’s uniqueness and how companies can prepare for the newest generation to hit the workforce.
And finally, the digital transformation is helping companies discover and monetize new business models. That might mean delivering new value added services for the fleet of products forming your installed base. Or it might mean creating entirely new revenue streams for your company.
Operations, Continuous Improvement, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Quality, Supply Chain
On June 14, 2018, MAPI will hold its inaugural Operations Data Analytics Forum in Rosemont, IL. Akshat Thirani, co-founder and CEO of Amper Technologies, a technology company on a mission to build modern and practical tools for manufacturers to get complete visibility and analysis on their operations, will co-present on the business outcomes of using data analytics and IoT in manufacturing operations.
Akshat took the time to answer a couple of questions to lay the foundation for his presentation and give us a little more insight into his background.
Operations, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Procurement, Quality, Supply Chain, Logistics
In an increasingly digital world, surrounded by connected devices, manufacturers are recognizing the necessity and benefits of moving from a linear supply chain model to a flexible, digital supply network (DSN). DSNs integrate data and information from the various sources that contribute to the production and distribution of manufactured goods. This data is available instantaneously, allowing manufacturers to make quick decisions and adapt to changing market needs. Additionally, DSNs reduce product costs, increase profitability, and improve quality. With wide-ranging benefits, one would expect that a majority of manufacturers have implemented DSNs. However, according to a survey conducted by MAPI and Deloitte, only 28% of respondents have started implementing DSN solutions.
Leadership, Human Resources, Leadership Development, Staff Training & Development
One of the biggest challenges that CEOs face is developing next-generation leaders. If you have top talent, you must be able to identify them, invest in their development, and challenge them to keep them. In this article, we outline the skills that make a great leader in today’s complex and rapidly changing business environment and tactics companies can employ to make and shape their future leaders and create a sustainable leadership pipeline.
The 2016 Panama Canal expansion added a third set of locks while doubling its shipping capacity. With the physical enlargement came a new transit booking system and a slot auction. Both addressed bottlenecks by shortening wait times at peak seasons. In its first fiscal year of operation, the number of ships rose 3.3% while total tonnage increased 22%. This singlehandedly stemmed from the new maximum size of Panama vessels that can transit. As expected, the expansion resulted in some diversion of traffic, higher demand for passage, and new investment in ports – primarily on the East Coast – to accommodate larger ships. The greatest potential impact for manufacturing companies will be on trucking capacity.
Global Economy, Competitiveness, Economic Environment
At a time where there is too often a commonly held belief that U.S. manufacturing is in decline and is a poor career choice, the Daniel Meckstroth Award for Excellence in Manufacturing Research aims to showcase the value and improve the competitiveness of American manufacturing through original economic research. MAPI is proud to co-present the winners, Kevin L. Kliesen and John A. Tatom, with the inaugural award for their original research titled,"Is American Manufacturing in Decline?”.