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Making Manufacturing Easier for the Makers

Ayah Bdeir and her five-year-old company, littleBits, have become stars of the maker movement by emphasizing simplicity and ease-of-use. The company, which makes color-coded, interchangeable parts that snap together to form ready-to-use electronic circuit…
Ayah Bdeir and her five-year-old company, littleBits, have become stars of the maker movement by emphasizing simplicity and ease-of-use. The company, which makes color-coded, inte… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/making-manufacturing-easier-makers/

Study: U.S. Manufacturers Trail Offshore Competitors on Innovation, Strategic Planning

U.S. manufacturers are falling behind offshore competitors when it comes to the breadth and formality of their innovation initiatives, according to a recent survey by accounting and consulting firm McGladrey.
Popular Discussions U.S. manufacturers are falling behind offshore competitors when it comes to the breadth and formality of their innovation initiatives, according to a recent … https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/study-us-manufacturers-trail-offshore-competitors-innovation-strategic-planning/

Learning from a Rocky Reshoring Experience

Reshoring appears to be gaining momentum, most recently with reports from Boston Consulting Group indicating that the U.S. and other western countries are becoming more cost-competitive compared to countries previously considered low-cost, particularly Ch…
Popular Discussions Reshoring appears to be gaining momentum, most recently with reports from Boston Consulting Group indicating that the U.S. and other western countries are be… https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/learning-rocky-reshoring-experience/

Looking for Help Reaching Global Markets? Try Your Own Back Yard

These days, all manufacturers face challenges traversing what is, increasingly, a global marketplace. But, for small manufacturers, the challenges can be greater. Take global logistics for air and freight, for example. While it is convenient and easy to …
These days, all manufacturers face challenges traversing what is, increasingly, a global marketplace. But, for small manufacturers, the challenges can be greater. Take global logi… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/looking-help-reaching-global-markets-try-your-own-back-yard/

Dialogue: McLaren's Flexible Factory

British automotive company McLaren is heading for the fast lane of the world’s luxury car market with an innovative new sports car design. McLaren’s new purpose-built production facility, with Alan Foster in charge, is based on a forward-thinking operatio…
British automotive company McLaren is heading for the fast lane of the world’s luxury car market with an innovative new sports car design. McLaren’s new purpose-built … https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/dialogue-mclarens-flexible-factory/

Keep Your Eye on Logistics Costs

Manufacturers face an uphill battle these days as they try to fill hundreds of thousands of open positions across the country—for machinists, engineers, maintenance personnel, and others. And despite the sluggish economy, they’re not the only ones struggl…
Manufacturers face an uphill battle these days as they try to fill hundreds of thousands of open positions across the country—for machinists, engineers, maintenance personne… https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/keep-your-eye-logistics-costs/

Report: Drive Manufacturing Policy at the State, Local Level

A recent report from the Brookings Institute's Metropolitan Policy Program make a strong case that government policies and programs aimed at supporting US manufacturing should be driven primarily at the state and local levels, with the federal government …
A recent report from the Brookings Institute's Metropolitan Policy Program make a strong case that government policies and programs aimed at supporting US manufacturing should be … https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/report-drive-manufacturing-policy-state-local-level/

Sir James Dyson, Nalco Co., and Chirch Global Manufacturing Win Top ML100 Awards

PALM BEACH, FL -- Three manufacturing leaders who distinguished themselves by forging innovative new business models and advocating forcefully for their industry were recognized last night with top honors in the eighth annual Manufacturing Leadership 100 …
PALM BEACH, FL -- Three manufacturing leaders who distinguished themselves by forging innovative new business models and advocating forcefully for their industry were recognized l… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/sir-james-dyson-nalco-co-and-chirch-global-manufacturing-win/

Supply Chain Risk: After the Aftershocks

Nearly a year after a devastating 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami rocked Japan, scientists are tracking a massive, ocean-borne debris field that continues to migrate eastward. Scientists say the field—2,000 miles long, 1,000 miles wide, and consistin…
Nearly a year after a devastating 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami rocked Japan, scientists are tracking a massive, ocean-borne debris field that continues to migrate eastward… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/supply-chain-risk-after-aftershocks/

Welcome to 'The Global View'

Manufacturing Executive is pleased to launch a new feature, The Global View blog, by Everette Phillips. The Global View will explore a wide range of issues and challenges facing manufacturers as they seek new opportunities in emerging markets and low-cost…
Manufacturing Executive is pleased to launch a new feature, The Global View blog, by Everette Phillips. The Global View will explore a wide range of issues and challenges facing m… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/welcome-global-view/

The Future Ain't What It Used to Be

As baseball’s Bard of Brooklyn, Yogi Berra, once said, “It is tough making predictions, especially about the future.” Those who orchestrate supply networks and supporting transportation and logistics operations in volatile economic times face stark remind…
As baseball’s Bard of Brooklyn, Yogi Berra, once said, “It is tough making predictions, especially about the future.” Those who orchestrate supply networks and … https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/future-aint-what-it-used-be/

Report: Chinese Distribution, Logistics Providers Are Maturing

Chinese third-party logistics providers and warehouse operators are rapidly supporting more sophisticated schemes for moving product manufactured in China-- or elsewhere in Asia--to markets in North America and Europe, according to a report issued today b…
Related Articles Article 1 Article 2 Article 3 Stay in Touch               Not a Council Member? Click HERE to find out more about the Manufacturing Leadership … https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/report-chinese-distribution-logistics-providers-are-maturing/

First Movers" Use Materiality Analysis to Link Sustainability, Supply Chain Management & CSR

Invites all to discuss my 2nd Post in a 3-Part Series- "First Movers" Use Materiality Analysis to Link Sustainability, Supply Chain Management & CSR.
Invites all to discuss my 2nd Post in a 3-Part  Series-  "First Movers" Use Materiality Analysis to Link Sustainability,  Supply Chain Management & CSR. Popula… https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/first-movers-use-materiality-analysis-link-sustainability-su/

Supply Chain & Logistics Surveys Underscore Positive Benefits, Challenges Ahead for Sustainability- New Blog Post

Hello all- I am inviting you all to review and discuss my latest post: Supply Chain & Logistics Surveys Underscore Positive Benefits, Challenges Ahead for Sustainability http://bit.ly/fKGAUN , exerted below from my Value-streaming blog (WWW.valuestream2…
Hello all- I am inviting you all to review and discuss my latest post: Supply Chain & Logistics Surveys Underscore Positive  Benefits, Challenges Ahead for Sustainability… https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/supply-chain-logistics-surveys-underscore-positive-benefits1/

Supply Chain & Logistics Surveys Underscore Positive Benefits, Challenges Ahead for Sustainability- New Blog Post

Hello all- I am inviting you all to review and discuss my latest post: Supply Chain & Logistics Surveys Underscore Positive Benefits, Challenges Ahead for Sustainability
Hello all- I am inviting you all to review and discuss my latest post: Supply Chain & Logistics Surveys Underscore Positive  Benefits, Challenges Ahead for Sustainability… https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/supply-chain-logistics-surveys-underscore-positive-benefits/

Auto Logistics: Revving Up Service Parts Logistics Operations

To say that Ford Motor Company’s service parts supply chain is complex may be the understatement of the millennium. As one of the world’s largest automakers, Ford boasts $118 billion in revenue and nearly 200,000 employees worldwide. Its U.S. service part…
To boost efficiency and pave the road for global service parts logistics management, Ford is steering a 10-year plan to revamp its service parts network, processes, and technolog… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/auto-logistics-revving-service-parts-logistics-operations/

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