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By: M. Mitchell Waldrop

Since May 2015, in a section of its WorldPort distribution center in Louisville, Kentucky, United Parcel Service (UPS) has been operating a spare parts warehouse with no spare parts. Instead, the facility is stocked with ultrafast 3D printers that can build up almost any plastic part that’s required, layer by layer by layer—and have it ready for UPS to deliver anywhere in the United States by morning.

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By: M. Berk Talay

In April, Ford announced that it will be phasing out nearly all of its passenger cars in the United States. If all goes according to plan, 90 percent of Ford’s portfolio in North America will be trucks, SUVs, and commercial vehicles.

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By: Eryn Brown

In ancient times, the story goes, cooks in the city of Sybaris were granted yearlong monopolies for the sale of unique dishes they created. Since then, generations of inventors have relied on patents to discourage copycats from stealing their best ideas. Economists, in turn, have tallied up patents to try to measure innovation (an otherwise squishy concept to define and assess), which has long been tied to economic growth. Certainly, the thinking went, protecting inventors’ work must encourage new ideas in the marketplace.

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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest


In our June 15, 2018, episode of QDL, we get a field report from the HxGN LIVE user conference, examine the “story of quality,” and consider the importance of experience.

HxGN Live recap

Mike Richman went to HxGN LIVE... but I didn’t. I relive it vicariously through Mike’s field report.

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By: Nick Castellina

It is a great time to be a small business in manufacturing. Today’s digital disruption is about ideas, not major capital investments or facilities with sprawling footprints. Although it’s true that larger companies possess more resources, yet with the right technology, small companies can behave like large ones—while still retaining the agility that makes them perfectly suited to the digital era.

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By: Rob Matheson

The future of transportation in waterway-rich cities such as Amsterdam, Bangkok, and Venice—where canals run alongside and under bustling streets and bridges—may include autonomous boats that ferry goods and people, helping clear up road congestion.

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By: Laurel Thoennes @ Quality Digest

In May 2015, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and his cabinet issued a strategic industrial plan; its title translates to “Made in China 2025.” The plan took more than two and a half years to draft and included the input of 150 experts from the China Academy of Engineering. Made in China 2025 was described as an “initiative to comprehensively upgrade Chinese industry” by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), an American think tank based in Washington, D.C.

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By: Maria Guadalupe

Your competition is no longer what it used to be. In this age of information at our fingertips, same-day delivery, and seamless payment options, customers now expect more from business than ever before. Companies must adapt to thrive.

Agile, the flexible way of working, has spread from software development to organizational change—for small startups and even large, traditional organizations. The Agile software methodology is iterative and collaborative; it ensures that small, autonomous groups work together to align with customer needs.

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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest


In our April 27, 2018, episode of QDL, we looked at the Global Brain and whether leaders really care about their employees.

“Why Tech Innovation Isn't the Answer Everyone Thinks It Is”

Is technology innovation the answer everyone thinks it is for firms that want to do more than just compete and instead create new markets and achieve rapid growth as the giants have?

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