Operations & Policies

With logistics spending reported to have hit $10.6 trillion last year alone, it’s surprising that some executives still focus attention on manufacturing processes, and not the supply chain as a whole to benchmark productivity. When doing so, organizations miss out on staggering cost-reduction opportunities. It’s common for financial teams to look at logistics only as a hefty,
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Once upon a time, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google were darlings in Congress and people’s hearts. They seemed to promise a dazzling new techno-future. But that relationship has soured significantly, as Facebook and Google have become platforms for deception as much as enlightenment and commerce. Fear over Facebook grew in the 2016 election with
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While the $1 trillion infrastructure funding in the bipartisan bill is critical and long overdue, even with final passage, the U.S. will still be faced with the hard reality that regulatory paralysis has made it increasingly difficult and time-consuming to get permits for major infrastructure construction projects. Consequently, infrastructure projects have ended up costing the
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Has Mick Jagger become Washington’s newest consultant? He currently has Washington D.C. singing his Rolling Stone magazine designated 100th greatest song of all time—”You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you find, you get what you need”—with him. On Wednesday, the heralded bipartisan group of Senators who have been negotiating the terms of
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Marc Braun’s departure from Cambridge Air Solutions carries import for U.S. manufacturing CEOs for three reasons, thanks to his reputation as an innovative leader. Braun’s just-announced stepping down this month as president of the HVAC-systems maker in Chesterfield, Missouri, is a significant change in leadership at one of the true workplace-innovator companies in America. Chairman
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In less than a year as CEO of Levenger, the provider of artisanal home and office products, Margaret Moraskie has been practicing her own fine art: balance. Among Moraskie’s tightrope acts these days are balancing post-pandemic openness with caution, external brand revitalization with the needs of Levenger’s internal culture, and her desire to establish more
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On his first day in office, President Biden laid out an ambitious regulatory agenda that was the mirror image of his predecessor’s hands-off, laissez-faire approach.  Climate change? The Environmental Protection Agency will make it a top priority, including tough new emissions rules and even support for litigation against fossil-fuel companies. Racial equity? The Justice Department
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Small and mid-size U.S. manufacturers and their representatives are increasingly confident the Biden administration will support American factories and enact policies that encourage the decoupling of supply chains from China while discouraging U.S. companies from further investing there. But they also understand it will take a lot more than political posturing to make a dent
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While the education system has long experienced disparities in funding and resources, the unmet needs of K-12 classrooms have never been more apparent than during the pandemic. Within a matter of weeks, many districts shifted to remote learning and curriculums were uprooted — a process that, under normal circumstances, would have taken years of deliberations
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