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How Sierra Leone Is Using 3D Printing to Become a Model State

By combining 3D printing and complex data analytics, we can improve decision making in boardrooms and state houses around the world.

  The advent of 3D printing, like other Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies, has broad and unexpected uses. This groundbreaking machinery creates objects layer by layer and can construct intricate patterns and structures previously impossible to manufacture. Globally, 3D printing, coupled with automation, has already affected how 21st-century manufacturing takes place across industries from aviation to […]

The Not-So-Distant Future of Fuels

After years of investment and research, for UPS, now is the time for alternative energy sources.

Mike Casteel, director of fleet procurement for UPS, recently gave a keynote address on “the future of fuels” at the annual meeting of the Fuels Institute in Dallas, Texas. Afterwards, Fuels Institute Executive Director John Eichberger interviewed Casteel, who has more than 40 years of logistics, energy and automotive experience. Below is their candid chat about […]

A Candy Entrepreneur’s Sweetest Marketing Advice

Marketing in the B2B space presents distinct challenges. But these 4 strategies could take your business to the next level.

Torie Burke, CEO of Torie & Howard, founded her business in 2010 (launched in 2012) with her business partner, Howard Slatkin. The company sells USDA-certified organic candies via distributors and retailers, with a small portion of sales going directly to consumers via the company’s e-commerce site. Their ultimate goal? To clean up the candy aisle by […]

The New Face of Global Manufacturing

Local micro-factories democratize innovation, making production more readily available to all entrepreneurs, inventors and makers.

The production of goods has evolved significantly over the past few decades. Today, large factories in low-cost regions, primarily in Asia but also increasingly in Eastern Europe and South America, build many products. This has largely been good for consumers. Products manufactured overseas have powered our cars, connected our networks and furnished our lives. Lower […]

The Generational Currents Reshaping Industrial Buying

Millennials are rising fast in the purchasing profession and shaking things up as they assume greater influence inside their companies.

The men and women purchasing supplies these days for U.S. manufacturers, healthcare companies and other industrial businesses don’t look or act like their counterparts did just a few years ago. Millennials — members of the demographic cohort born between 1981 and 1996 — now constitute the largest single age group among industrial buyers in the […]