Amazon could become the largest grocery retailer by 2030, especially if it continues to boost its growth through acquisitions, according to business analyst Brittain Ladd. Amazon needs to grow its grocery infrastructure and could do so by acquiring another national chain such as Target, Ladd said.
Cromwell, a London-based subsidiary of W.W. Grainger, is introducing Zoro UK, a website providing industrial products to British customers. Grainger also has Zoro-branded offerings in Japan and the US.
Customer application reviews and field engineering are two on-site ways to detect and mitigate packaging issues, writes Megan Ray Nichols. Laboratory-based testing for climatic and mechanical faults provides the benefit of a static, predictable testing environment, she notes.
Four factors including misguided hiring practices based on candidate likability may underlie sluggish sales, Bill Blades writes. Make training a priority, shore up social skills and remember the role of humor, he recommends.
Using digital techniques such as ultrasonic leak detectors to monitor compressed air system usage helped a Ford plant save $400,000 per year, according to retired manager Joe Ghislain. Start with baseline measurements, which Ghislain says are useful for determining what needs to be improved and for obtaining the funding to continue.
Protection from cybersecurity threats that are growing in number and complexity depends on treating security as an ongoing, often-assessed process. The most comprehensive cybersecurity approaches balance security, innovation and privacy, says Ilya Kabanov of Schneider Electric.
Take measures to reduce the risk of forklift-related injuries in winter, starting with equipping workers with adequate personal protective equipment and protective canopies or windscreens, Adam Robinson writes. Install pneumatic tires for better traction and use winterized fluids, he suggests.
Any intrinsic safety plan should ensure that devices are certified, hazards dealt with and design implications understood, Dave Perkon writes. He notes that there are also numerous safety considerations related to wiring.
3M achieved its goal of zero-landfill status at its Cynthiana, Ky., plant in 2010 by assembling a team dedicated to the effort, taking such actions as creating an in-house recycling center and visiting a local landfill, 3M executive Ann Meitz says. She notes that publicizing such goals and releasing annual reports are important parts of the process.
Atlanta-based startup Roadie's mobile app allows for individuals going about their daily routine to help with package delivery by picking up shipments on their way. The company, which is using predictive analytics to match the habits of everyday commuters and college students with package pickup, believes it can help keep costs down and trucks off already-crowded streets.
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