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How intelligent automation will impact and revitalise global supply chains - Supply Chain Digital
The idea of automation in manufacturing and the supply chain is nothing new - since the earliest days of the industrial revolution we have sought to automate tasks with machines, and lower the cost of manufacturing processes. 
automation  logistics  global-supply-chain  Around-the-web  this-week-403 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Why Skilled Labor is the No. 1 Location Driver for Manufacturers Today - Quality Magazine
The state of U.S. manufacturing is a hot topic in national economic and political conversations today. Issues like tax reform, trade partnerships and regulations are fueling a national debate over how to create and retain U.S. manufacturing investment and jobs.
this-week-403  Around-the-web  Matt  skilled-labor  skills-gap  workforce  workforce-development  workforce-training  jobs  manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  economic-development 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
The Headquarters Checklist: How Do Companies Pick a Location? - Knowledge@Wharton
If by announcing a search for a second headquarters Amazon intended to play one city against another and generate millions of dollars in free publicity, it has worked. Many observers believe Amazon has long known where it wants to be — or at least has never seriously considered more than two or three specific sites — since there are no more than a handful of cities that fit the requisite criteria.
Around-the-web  Matt  site-selection  economic-development  headquarters  amazon  ecommerce  technology  this-week-403  this-week-408 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
America’s ‘Retail Apocalypse’ Is Really Just Beginning - Bloomberg
The so-called retail apocalypse has become so ingrained in the U.S. that it now has the distinction of its own Wikipedia entry.
this-week-403  Around-the-web  Matt  ecommerce  retail  amazong  jobs  warehouse-facility  warehousing  economic-development  this-week-408 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
How Many Robots Does It Take to Fill a Grocery Order? - Bloomberg
It once took online grocer Ocado two hours to put together a box of 50 food items. Now machines can do it in five minutes.
this-week-403  Around-the-web  Matt  food-industry  robotics  technology  jobs 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Millions of Professional Drivers Will Be Replaced by Self-Driving Vehicles - NBC News
At a time when a booming economy has led to record freight shipments, the trucking industry is struggling with a severe shortfall of drivers.
this-week-403  Around-the-web  Matt  autonomous-vehicles  trucking  tech  technology  high-tech  logistics  supply-chain 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Where blue-collar jobs go begging, a plea for more 'able bodies' - MSN
Immigration, however, isn’t a miracle solution, according to Routhier, the Desjardins economist. Ultimately, companies will have to boost productivity.
this-week-403  Around-the-web  Matt  manufacturing  jobs  workforce  economic-development 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Redesigning the Industry -- an Automotive News special report
A new auto industry is forming, triggered by a reimagining of the vehicle itself. New business models are coalescing, centered on technology innovators, fleet operators, services businesses and platform providers.
How will it all shake out?
automotive-industry  industry-reports  autonomous-vehicles  parts-suppliers  global-supply-chain  Around-the-web  this-week-403 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Chinese Auto-Glass Magnate Faces Union Challenge in Ohio - The New York Times
“I started from the very bottom of society, so I understand the wants and needs of those at the very bottom,” said Mr. Cao in an interview earlier this year. “We should take care of the needs of our employees as part of a family.”

Now, in a factory with roughly 2,000 employees in Moraine, Ohio, 7,600 miles away, Mr. Cao’s paternalistic attitude is facing a deep test.
this-week-403  Around-the-web  labor-costs  organized-labor  workforce-development  automotive-industry 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Rural Communities’ Untapped Potential for Growth - GOVERNING
They have valuable assets that make them fertile ground for startups. To tap those assets, they need to build entrepreneurial ecosystems.
this-week-403  Around-the-web  Matt  entrepreneurship  startup  tech  innovation  innovation-hubs  rural-economic-development  rural-economy  economic-development  site-selection 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Millennials to Small Cities: Ready or Not, Here We Come - Stateline - The Pew Charitable Trusts
As the economy improves and millennials move around the country in search of jobs, some are finding themselves far from the youth culture they learned to expect from city life in other parts of the country. But the tradeoff can be a less burdensome cost of living, a more tightknit community, and a chance to make new towns their own.
Around-the-web  this-week-403  demographics  millennials  Metros  workforce-migration  tech-forum 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
GOP Tax Plan Puts Billions in Muni Market Savings at Risk - GOVERNING
State and local stakeholders were blindsided by an aspect of the tax bill that would eliminate tax-free financing for many large government projects.
this-week-403  Around-the-web  Matt  government-policy  taxes-incentives  economic-development 
november 2017 by areadevelopment

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