Blogs

Sep 26, 2014

Are You Up to the Challenge of Omni-Channel?

Most manufacturers would prefer to outsource the responsibility of figuring out what to do about omni-channel, but there aren't enough experts to go around....More
Aug 13, 2014

Five Major Changes Happening Right Now in Industrial Distribution

Big things are happening in today’s industrial distribution landscape—five big things, to be exact. And they are causing an uproar in the industry as they all occur simultaneously....More
Oct 22, 2014

Goodbye to a Friend

The economic development community, of which I consider myself an honorary member, had to say goodbye to a valued member. ....More
Aug 15, 2014

Innovation Case Study: 3D Printing, Kickstarter, Snowboarding And Pavement

Here's how two makers came together to develop the world's first eSnowboard in just six months by employing a modified prototyping/iteration process using 3D printers as a key tool in the process....More
Jul 17, 2014

MH17: The Logistics of a Crash

A Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed in the Eastern Ukraine Thursday is causing a ripple effect in the skies....More
Nov 02, 2014

A Local Alternative to the Amazon Trap

I have written extensively here about how the manipulated control of a manufacturer’s products by Mega-Customers has become one of the most powerful factors in business today. In our previous book THE DISTRIBUTION TRAP and our forthcoming one, THE CUSTOMER TRAP: AVOIDING THE BIGGEST BUSINESS MISTAKE, Tim Wilkinson and I argue that....More
Nov 25, 2014

Economic News to Be Thankful For

With apologies to all, I have to say it: The U.S. economy is no turkey....More
Nov 18, 2014

Stop Fast-Track Authority in the ‘Lame Duck’ Session

The rumors in Washington, D. C. are that granting President Obama fast-track authority under trade promotion authority will be brought up in the "Lame Duck" session, perhaps as an addition to one of the bills extending certain tax credits, called "Tax Extender bills." Simply put, granting fast-track authority to the....More
Oct 04, 2014

Northeast Ohio Takes on Manufacturing Day

If you didn't think Northeast Ohio's manufacturing roots continue to run deep, you would have after attending [M]POWER Manufacturing Assembly, an event that both celebrated National Manufacturing Day and highlighted the vital role manufacturing plays in this region of the United States....More
Oct 19, 2014

Hoshin Kanri Helps Toyota Improve for the Long Term

Thanks to lessons learned from the recession, Toyota will be ready for the next economic downturn because of intensive and continuous improvement with a purpose....More

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