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The Manufacturing Side of Digital Transformation

Smart factories unlock the promise of Industry 4.0.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, often called Industry 4.0, is now underway. This is the manufacturing side of digital transformation — “smart factories” that deliver intelligence on demand. The evolution of data-driven autonomous systems and machine learning tools underpins the promise of Industry 4.0 as organizations look to connect IoT devices, collect critical metrics, visualize data […]

5 Small Business Tips for Boosting Customer Loyalty

From better service to finding a niche, these small business owners developed a formula to keep customers coming back again and again.

Brett and Cristi Burnham run Happy’s Nutrition, a Connecticut smoothie, juice and tea bar. Hall of Fame athletes in the area’s local high school, they count current coaches and athletes as some of their best customers. Though the small business owners have a storied sports history, neither quite knew how to eat right for much of their […]

eFulfillment for Everyone

Thanks to the launch of a new fulfillment service, small- and medium-sized businesses don't have to keep all the plates spinning at once.

Here’s a question for you. What’s the one universal resource that grows larger the more we use it? Answer: trust. And together with fulfillment, trust is at the heart of retail. Why? Because while products are important, we as consumers need delivery of our online purchases whenever and wherever we want. Every time. More than […]

Finding the Path to a Zero-Emissions Future

It’s not a matter of if, but when zero-emissions technologies will become the new normal.

Are we heading toward a future where all trucks and buses have no emissions? The answer is a resounding yes. The next question? What is the fastest way to get there? CALSTART, a national nonprofit consortium where I serve as CEO, worked with the California Air Resources Board to identify eight vehicle segments where zero-emissions […]

How Future Factories Will Change Manufacturing — and Supply Chains

The Fourth Industrial Revolution provides us a massive opportunity, a chance to redesign supply chains so they never sleep.

We’re witnessing a transformation of manufacturing supply chains that’s ushering in the fourth modality of logistics. To ground, air and ocean, we can now add digital. The move to the digital supply chain  — the power source for Industry 4.0  — creates multiple opportunities for every company in every industry. But every revolution needs exemplars […]