For companies in the manufacturing industry, research and development is tremendously important.
The role of the CIO is in flux, and executives who fail to embrace change risk stagnation and, even worse, irrelevance.
Earlier this year, we reported on the findings of Capgemini Consulting and Penn State University's 18th annual study of the global logistics market, as outlined by FleetOwner. The study predicted the return of manufacturing to the United States in the wake of the outsourcing boom – a phenomenon known as reshoring.
In December of 2012, Forbes contributor Brian O’Connell took a moment to lay out several energy trends that would impact companies, including the price of energy, an increased reliance on renewables, the “greenification” of commercial buildings and the transition from oil to natural gas.
Culture is a critical yet often overlooked component of corporate operations. It can affect everything from the success of executive search and recruitment to the productivity and satisfaction levels of workers.
According to Penn State University’s 18th annual study of the global logistics market, there will be a paltry 1 to 3 percent rate of growth in developed economies such as the United States over the next 12 years, which will in turn drive the return of manufacturing to American shores.
Several high-profile companies have fallen victim to well-publicized data breaches over the past year and there’s been considerable buzz about IT security across virtually every industry. Despite this, the majority of IT executives don’t perceive unknown security risks stemming from new tech trends as being top-priority, and consequently aren’t dedicating as much time and effort as they should to shoring up their defenses, according to a recent Dell study.
So, you’ve decided to onboard a new chief security officer. Whether this involves leveraging the services of an executive placement firm or launching your own internal executive search and recruitment effort, professionals with a particular set of qualifications are likely to be the strongest candidates.
In this day and age, consumers have higher expectations than ever before, and retailers are under increasing pressure to synthesize purchasing channels in order to provide a more streamlined shopping experience for their customers.
The findings of the 2013 Culture and Change Management Survey conducted by the Katzenbach Center at Booz & Company offer insight into one of the most important elements of running a successful company: Corporate culture. (more…)
For Canadian shoppers, omnichannel retail is no longer just a nice perk. Rather, it has become a necessity – at least according to a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers survey.
Typically, the first step of an executive search and recruitment initiative involves determining the requirements and parameters of a specific role. What will the executive’s core duties be? What experience should the ideal candidate have, and what skill sets should he or she be equipped with? (more…)
Over the past few years, an increasing number of executives have warmed to the idea that culture should be a vital part of the employee onboarding and assimilation process, but Meghan M. Biro, CEO of TalentCulture Consulting Group, put forward an even more revolutionary idea in an article for Forbes.
The manufacturing sector is abuzz with chatter surrounding omnichannel – the latest and greatest approach to unifying channels and personalizing customer service in the modern world – and technology plays a crucial part in making this strategy a reality.
Over the past several years, Twitter has become one of the most populous and well-known social networks, with approximately 241 million monthly active users as of February 2014. The site – which allows users to post 140-character messages, plus videos and photos – has become a staple of many people’s daily lives, whether they use it to stay in touch with their friends and family, keep tabs on their favorite celebrities or monitor breaking news.
One of the latest high-profile data breaches to hit the news involved big-box retail chain Target, which has nearly 1,800 locations in the United States and more than 100 in Canada. An estimated 40 million payment card numbers belonging to the big-name retailer’s customers were breached over a time period that began the day before Thanksgiving and spanned several of the busiest shopping weeks of the year before the issue was finally identified on Dec. 15.
These days, it may seem as if data breaches are an unfortunate reality of doing business. In November, news broke of a massive security incident involving approximately 150 million encrypted email addresses and passwords for Adobe user accounts, and a massive breach affecting upward of 110 million Target customers was revealed soon after. Worryingly, those events were by no means the first of their kind to hit the headlines in 2013. (more…)
For some members of the C-suite, the term “omnichannel” conjures up the idea of a retail supply chain united across numerous channels, including mobile, online and traditional brick-and-mortar in order to facilitate purchasing and streamline the customer experience. (more…)
Over the past few years, natural gas has emerged as a cheaper and more abundant resource than oil. Add this to the fact that the U.S. has significant natural gas resources, and it makes sense for an increasing number of companies – especially those with broad transportation budgets – to shift toward using this fossil fuel in place of diesel.
Compared to many other industries, the banking sector is behind the curve when it comes to understanding and applying big data. < !–more–> However, as Bob Palmer, leader of an IBM industry marketing team for big data, noted in a September piece for IBM Big Data Hub, this situation is beginning to change.
Transparency in the workplace has been linked to a number of positive trends, including higher rates of employee retention, increased worker productivity and an uptick in corporate loyalty among staff members.
Marketing executives are continuing to leverage social media, increasingly using mobile and feeling more confident about measuring the return on investment of their efforts, according to a recent survey by software and digital information content development industry association SIIA.
Although it’s important to take culture into consideration when attempting to determine whether a prospective executive candidate will assimilate well into a company, some firms still find that they run into trouble even after factoring cultural fit into their searches.