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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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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Playing the supporting role: military in-service support moves forward with next-generation equipment

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Aviation & Defense, Strategy

Introducing a new asset into a military force used to be simple. Manufacturers made the equipment, the military bought and maintained it and, when it became obsolete, they invested in a new asset. But today, many military organizations don’t maintain their own equipment. Instead, they are choosing to outsource equipment maintenance to OEMs or third-party…

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What you need to know about quality assurance and management for the automotive industry

by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Automotive, Business Technology, Strategy

Quality can be defined as “fitness for use as defined by the customer.” A quality product or service contributes to customer satisfaction; poor quality means ­dissatisfied customers. In today’s competitive marketplace, the process of controlling internal and external quality processes has become increasingly important and more complex for all ­companies. Especially in the automotive industry,…

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Service Industry Expert Podcast

by   |    |   1 minute  |  in Business Agility, Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, IFS Radio Network, Research, Service Management, Strategy

IFS Radio Network podcast: how service companies can use technology to improve and enhance their customer experience. 32% of field service organizations (FSOs) are failing to attain at least 80% customer satisfaction, according to a recent research study by Raconteur Custom Publishing on digital change in the service industry. Why? Because the use of technology,…

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Manufacturing Industry Experts

by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Business Agility, Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, IFS Radio Network, Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing, Research, Strategy

IFS Radio Network podcast: how technology is impacting industrial manufacturers and how some of the industry’s leading businesses are taking advantage of it today. The industrial manufacturing industry has a strong appetite for technology. Now that manufacturers have experienced the game-changing benefits of automation and the emergence of interconnected and intelligent manufacturing systems, companies of…

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