Employee idea sessions create innovation at Cimpress | Report: E-commerce is leading CPG sales growth | AI is scaling because of its many uses, early ROI
October 19, 2018
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Employee idea sessions create innovation at Cimpress
Cimpress hosts on-site workshops each year where employees can share ideas and production insights with management, writes Gianni D'Angelo, an assistant plant director. "Cimpress has become a $2.5 billion revenue company in no small part by giving employees a voice in the way the business is run," writes D'Angelo.
IndustryWeek (10/19) 
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Report: E-commerce is leading CPG sales growth
Online sales are less than 5% of the US consumer packaged goods market, but are 40% of the category's year-over-year sales growth, according to Nielsen and Rakuten Intelligence. On a per-buyer basis, overall spending was basically flat, but online sales were up 16.6%.
B2B E-Commerce World (10/18) 
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AI is scaling because of its many uses, early ROI
Artificial intelligence is maturing at a faster rate than earlier digital technologies, because it can be applied in so many ways and offers a relatively high return on investment for early adopters, write Jacques Bughin and Jeongmin Seong of the McKinsey Global Institute.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (10/17) 
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Cybersecurity
Device-to-device IoT protocols may be vulnerable
Two common device-to-device communication protocols for internet of things networks -- Message Queuing Telemetry Transport and the Constrained Application Protocol -- may expose logic flaws that open the door to denial-of-service and other attacks. "The best way to protect against a logic flaw DoS attack such as this is by keeping both client and broker software aligned," researcher Federico Maggi says.
Dark Reading (10/18) 
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Supply Chain
Deloitte: Smart packaging has promise across sectors
The use of smart packaging is in its infancy, but industry leaders are turning toward three key applications: inventory, product integrity and user experience, according to a study from Deloitte. "Producers, which include packagers, material producers, and technology providers, stand to gain by designing and/or manufacturing all or part of the solutions," write Mike Armstrong, Francesco Fazio, Daniel Herrmann and David Duckworth.
Deloitte Insights (10/15) 
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Column: Aftermarket services, reverse logistics are key to profit
Software, traceability and employee training are just some of the challenges cited by manufacturers, contractors and other companies trying to profit from after-sales services, writes Charles Rathmann of IFS. "Only by assigning reverse logistics' mission critical importance will organizations be able to capitalize on aftermarket services, keep to regulatory constraints, and meet evolving customer expectations," he writes.
The Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News (10/17) 
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    Industrial IoT
    Column: Rethink your use of open-source IoT platforms
    Many companies struggle to develop an internet of things infrastructure that meets their needs and does so economically, writes Aldo Ferrante, president and CEO of ITG Technologies. Open-source platforms are one option, he argues, but can be costly and are usually best for original equipment manufacturers.
    Smart Industry (10/18) 
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    Safety
    What to know about machine guarding
    Proper machine guarding is an important safety mechanism with the potential to reduce preventable workplace injuries, writes Rockford Systems sales executive Matt Brenner. Risk assessments and safeguarding assessments are the two main ways to do this, each with its own strengths.
    Machine Design (10/18) 
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    Sustainability
    For sustainable future, General Mills looks to past
    For sustainable future, General Mills looks to past
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    To create the sustainable future necessary for large-scale food production, General Mills is reinventing farming with a look back at classic methods like regenerative farming. "We consider this form of returning to some of our old practices a form of innovation," said Carla Vernon, president of General Mills' natural and organic operating unit.
    Fortune (10/17) 
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