Manufacturing to benefit most from 5G | Clorox announces new CEO, Q4 sales surge | Merger with DiamondPeak to fuel Lordstown Motors work
August 4, 2020
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Ford Motor CEO and President Jim Hackett will retire, effective Oct. 1, and be replaced by Chief Operating Officer Jim Farley. Hackett's three-year tenure includes an ongoing $11 billion restructuring.
Full Story: The Verge (8/4),  CNBC (8/4) 
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The manufacturing industry will have the most to gain from 5G as it seeks to improve efficiency, security and other factors, according to a KPMG report. Connected machines, edge computing and integrated logistics are some examples of the ways 5G will affect manufacturing.
Full Story: Manufacturing (8/2) 
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Clorox announces new CEO, Q4 sales surge
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Clorox has tapped Linda Rendle, the current president and a 17-year veteran of the company, to serve as CEO starting next month. Organic sales increased 24% for its fourth fiscal quarter, surpassing analyst expectations and serving as its strongest quarter "in modern history," said CEO Benno Dorer, who will transition to the role of board chair when Rendle takes over in September.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/3),  CNBC (8/3),  Reuters (8/3),  MediaPost Communications (8/3) 
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Merger with DiamondPeak to fuel Lordstown Motors work
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Lordstown Motors has agreed to merge with DiamondPeak Holdings and go public, being listed as RIDE on Nasdaq. The deal is expected to close by the end of this year, and Lordstown founder and CEO Steve Burns said the merger "will get us into production and also help bring new models quicker than we could have."
Full Story: Yahoo/Bloomberg (8/3) 
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Avoidable shipping mistakes can be costly
The shipping industry has changed dramatically with the pandemic, and if you're not keeping up, you're letting your bottom line take a big hit. Shippers are making five key mistakes as the industry shifts toward a D2C model. Find out what they are and how to fix them. Protect your bottom line
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Cybersecurity
Security experts say industrial robots are open to hacking that could compromise data and physical safety, with the researchers finding vulnerabilities after reverse-engineering apps made available by ABB.
Full Story: BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (8/4) 
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Fix Onboarding & Scheduling to Lower Turnover
Employee turnover can be as high as 50% in the first six months. Automate onboarding & scheduling and sharply reduce turnover. New hires will hit the ground running and stay happy. Download: How to Quickly and Remotely Onboard Manufacturing Employees Post-Pandemic.
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Industrial IoT
Digital twin technology is being more widely considered during the IC design process, Brian Bailey writes. "Digital twins are a great idea, but not a reality yet -- at least not to the extent of seamlessly covering all abstraction layers of a complex system," says Rob van Blommestein of OneSpin Solutions.
Full Story: Semiconductor Engineering (8/3) 
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Post-Pandemic Impacts & Ensuring Resiliency
Unprecedented challenges have arisen in DCs. The need to quickly develop and adopt new capabilities to maximize resiliency is key. Learn more about fundamental shifts in the DC, their impacts, and how best to respond in this webinar.
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Workforce of Tomorrow
HR leaders at manufacturing companies should be working closely with local schools and colleges on awareness and apprenticeships, rethinking job descriptions and employee-development programs, and considering targeted advertising to reach the right candidates. Neogen, a maker of food safety products, uses Facebook advertising to match with people's interests and by geography, generating interest unmatched by other marketing channels, says HR executive Julie Mann.
Full Story: Society for Human Resource Management (tiered subscription model) (8/1) 
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Austin Community College in Texas is offering its Certified Production Technician program as an eight-week virtual course. The program, focused on semiconductor manufacturing, previously took four months to complete.
Full Story: KXAN-TV (Austin, Texas) (8/1) 
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