2018 retail industry trends

by   |    |   6 minutes  |  in Business Agility, Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Research, Retail, Strategy, Supply Chain

Digital is everywhere in retail today. The threat from more agile, internet-based companies continues to drive traditional players to try innovative new approaches. Over the next year, we will see innovative in-store education centers, more “endless aisles” concepts and Blockchain for sustainability at the top of the retailers´ agendas. These are the 2018 retail industry trends…

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2018 construction industry trends

by   |    |   6 minutes  |  in Business Agility, Business Technology, Construction and Contracting, Creativity & Innovation, Research, Strategy

Factories in flat-packs and homes built in factories—modular construction will build new momentum in 2018. However, the construction industry is battling with significant skills shortages and must manage increasing globalization. These are the three industry predictions for 2018 from Kenny Ingram, Global Industry Director of Construction and Contracting at IFS. Trend #1 Skills shortages will…

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Is unified commerce putting the customer experience back on center stage as it should be?

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Research, Retail, Strategy

In these days of fake news, there is a tendency to dramatize the fact that change is constant and occurs gradually but happens suddenly. I would like to shed some light on the retail apocalypse, the digital revolution within retail and the fact that the industry will never be the same again…ever. Is this true?…

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Modular and offsite construction: evolution or revolution?

by   |    |   6 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Construction and Contracting, Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, Manufacturing, Strategy

Modular offsite construction has been around for many years, but is it about to really take-off? There has been a lot of activity over the last 12 months that suggests this evolution may become a revolution, one that will drastically transform the construction industry. Key challenges and opportunities for the construction industry November 21-22, 2017,…

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Q&A: Why manufacturers are moving to service-based business models

by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Manufacturing, Research, Strategy

Expert advice on how manufacturers can provide services and solutions that supplement their traditional product offerings. In this Q&A, I ask our industrial manufacturing industry expert, Antony Bourne, to answer six questions on how manufacturers can benefit from service-based business models. Meet our industrial manufacturing industry expert As the Vice President of Global Industry Sales…

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Is bad enterprise software driving away your best employees?

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Digital Transformation

As complex industrial organizations seek to evolve, diversify, grow and change, there are a number of things that can hold them back. Poor enterprise software may not support their diversifying or developing operation. And this lack of enterprise software usability can cause talented managers to leave for greener pastures. A study IFS conducted of 200…

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Cryptocurrency – time for a rocket launch or a giant bubble burst?

by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Finance

Since the publication of Satoshi Nakamoto’s white paper, Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System in 2008, cryptocurrency led by Bitcoin, has been on a rollercoaster journey of discovery and legitimacy. But, with ‘Altcoins’ now joining Bitcoin in the hundreds, this $400 billion asset class is now being taken seriously by the financial establishment as a potential…

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Digital Transformation in Construction

by   |    |   6 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Construction and Contracting, Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, Research

The digital revolution is transforming the way organizations work, engage with their customers and generate revenue. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the construction, retail or healthcare sector, every industry is being impacted by the proliferation of devices, hyperconnectivity and emerging innovations like artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT). This new and…

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A day in the life of Kenny the production planner

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Process Manufacturing, Strategy

Production planning is never easy, but do you have a thought for those in food and beverage where nothing is ever straightforward? This is the story of Kenny, a production planner who I once met, and number one in a three-part series of stories. Kenny the planner – Specialty Peppery Salads (SPS) Thursday PM Kenny…

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