There is a lot of planning happening here with business development and marketing. We’re working on our conference schedule, blogging schedule and a couple of campaigns that center around educating our clients and helping our prospects. Check back in the coming weeks for educational information.

  • Zebra Technologies Corporation’s study, Zebra’s 2017 Manufacturing Vision Study, following the upcoming trends of industrial manufacturing, revealed manufacturers are adopting the IIoT (infographic to easily explain IIoT) to enhance visibility and improve quality. Competition and demand (both for consumers and for companies) for quality products, processed quickly make for the push for technology to be used at a greater pace. It is predicted that one-half of manufacturers will use wearable technology.
  • Interested in the shipping industry? Here’s a series of articles that cover a wide scope of issues about changes in the ocean cargo industry. Supply Chain Dive covers over capacity and the state of ocean rates to name just a couple.
  • Logistics Management came out with Masters of the Long Haul and their 34th Annual Quest for Quality Awards for Truckload Carriers.
  • Manufacturing growth is positive for July, says ISM, reported by Supply Chain Management Review  and Jeff Berman.   “ISM Manufacturing Committee Chair Tim Fiore explaining in the report that the comments generally reflected expanding business conditions, with new orders, production, employment, backlog and exports all growing in July compared to June, as well as supplier deliveries slowing (improving) and inventories unchanged during the period. In an interview, Fiore described July as a strong month, despite some mild declines in key metrics.“Some of the drop-off in the PMI was driven by the decline in new orders, which makes sense,” he said. “That was due to declines in the transportation and machinery sectors that were offset by chemical products and computers and electronic equipment, which gained in the index.”The piece went on to say, “Other notable metrics in the report included:
    • supplier deliveries down 1.6% to 55.4 (above 50 indicates contraction for this metric);
    • backlog of orders down 2% to 55, growing for the 6th straight month; and
    • imports and exports down 2% and up 2%, respectively”

    Looking at the state of the manufacturing sector through July, Fiore said that the sector is in the 16th month of a 30-month expansion cycle.”

As of September 8, 2020, Crimson & Co (formerly The Progress Group/TPG) has rebranded as Argon & Co following the successful merger with Argon Consulting in April 2018. 

Bruce Strahan

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