Digitizing the B2B Industry: Getting Ahead of Digital Transformation Trends
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by USCCG
2d ago
  Adapting to new trends often comes in waves. We’d prefer if we could pace ourselves and anticipate new technology, but it’s never that simple in a digital landscape. As technology improves, companies must adapt. Adapting to new technology can save hundreds of thousands of dollars in operational and administrative costs. Moreover, the mere appearance of adoption can make the difference in clients perceiving you as a reputable thought leader or an obsolete brand past its prime. Your intention, of course, is to keep your brand relative and alive. That is why prepping your company’s culture ..read more
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Manufacturing Challenges 2023: How to Join the Resurgence
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by USCCG
1w ago
  The COVID-era supply chain disruptions are slowly but surely easing up for manufacturers around the globe. While the worldwide market is not yet fully recovered, signs point to a strong resurgence in 2023, with a return to normalcy by 2024. Even though good news is on the horizon for manufacturers, there are still a number of challenges to be aware of that will impact day-to-day operations. Here’s an overview of a few of the top manufacturing challenges for 2023, and how to handle them. Challenge: Legacy technologies Many manufacturers operate with legacy technologies — outdated hardwar ..read more
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The Supply Chain Risk Management Playbook: Navigating an Uncertain Future
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by USCCG
2w ago
  In many industries, globalization has resulted in the consolidation of suppliers and increasingly interdependent Supply Chains. Globalization has increased efficiencies and economies of scale, but it has led to decreased diversity of sourcing and supply options. Increasing geopolitical tensions, pandemic related lockdowns, and ideological polarizations have increased supply chain disruptions for many products and materials. Supply Chain Risk Management System An active Supply Chain Risk Management System cannot ensure continuity of supply, however, it can provide a playbook with options ..read more
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Manufacturing Cycle Time: What It Is and How To Improve It
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by USCCG
3w ago
  In most business settings, time is measured by hours and days — how long will it take to receive a proposal, mockup sheet or important presentation. But in the manufacturing world, time is measured in product cycles. From sourcing materials to testing to packaging, how long will it take to get one product from conception to full completion? That is the essence of manufacturing cycle time. Not to be confused with lead time, cycle time is how long it takes to complete a unit of product, from the beginning of the manufacturing process until the product is ready to ship. In this article we ..read more
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How Upskilling Your Employees Can Create a Stronger Organization
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by USCCG
3w ago
  Knowledge is power, right? The problem? Most working professionals learn the majority of what they will ever know about their chosen profession between the ages of 18-22. They’re kids still, at that age, not even legally allowed to rent a car. Sure, they’ll learn more on the job. Arguably, they’ll learn everything that really matters at work. But those pedagogical skills. The theory and tech that goes into professional life — that’s typically learned in the more formal classroom setting. Without upskilling, your staff can wind up in professional limbo. Fortunately, there are many ways t ..read more
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Supply Chain Analytics: How It Guides Data-Driven Decision Making (infographic)
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by USCCG
1M ago
  Supply chain analytics refers to the collection of data and information that provide insights into logistics performance, from inventory management to fulfilling and shipping orders. How Data Analytics is Changing the Supply Chain Landscape The ever-increasing reliance on big data is altering the landscape of supply chains as we know them. Historically, the majority of supply chain management was dependent on intuition and experience. However, with the introduction of powerful data analytics technologies, supply chains are now guided by data-driven decision making. The ever-increasing a ..read more
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How Software and Modern Tech are Changing Manufacturing Industries
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by USCCG
1M ago
  The manufacturing industry is one of the most important sectors across the world. It’s instrumental in supporting a thriving economy, provides jobs to communities, and sparks innovations that improve lives. Nevertheless, it is also a sector that faces significant challenges. The good news is that the rise of our digital landscape offers a range of supportive solutions. Over the last couple of decades, developers have committed to creating tools that help make the manufacturing industry more agile and impactful. These applications aren’t limited to improving productivity. Rather, the too ..read more
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Looking Under the Hood: What’s Ahead for the Automotive Industry in 2023?
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by USCCG
2M ago
  The automotive industry outlook shows it travelling down the road toward another challenging year. The global supply chain is still reeling from COVID-era issues resulting in slow manufacturing times. Reduced consumer demand for traditional vehicles is impacting the industry, and the gasoline crisis amid the Russia-Ukraine tensions is keeping people off the roads. Despite these challenges, there is great reason for positivity. Brighter skies are on the horizon. One especially bright spot: Electric vehicles. EVs have taken the market by storm, with many manufacturers worldwide making ple ..read more
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What Supply Chain Executives Can Expect in 2023
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by USCCG
2M ago
  Supply chain executives dealt with a variety of headaches over the past two years. Disruptions, delays, workarounds and all-out stoppages became all too familiar as COVID brought the fragility of the world’s supply chains into full view. Even consumers are now experts in supply chain woes. As 2022 draws to a close and 2023 waits just around the corner, what can supply chain executives expect from the coming year? Unfortunately, challenges still lie on the road ahead. Disruption is still with us. Those headaches haven’t gone away. But, hang in there. We see reasons for optimism, too. Sup ..read more
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How Data Mining Can Be Beneficial for the Supply Chain
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by USCCG
2M ago
  Since Covid people who never heard the term “supply chain” have become painfully aware of what it means and how deeply it impacts their lives. It doesn’t take a viral pandemic to create supply chain disruptions. A factory fire, a natural disaster, or resource scarcity — everyday occurrences — can all lead to items disappearing from shelves. The recent formula shortage was largely due to a single factory being temporarily shut down. Product shortages can be a significant hardship for families all around the world. In this article, we talk about how data mining can add stability and predi ..read more
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