Kickstart Your Business Intelligence Roadmap

By Lisa Anderson

According to McKinsey surveys of global Supply Chain leaders (May 15-May 22, 2020, n=60), 85% struggled with insufficient digital technologies in the supply chain. One of the key digital technologies is business intelligence (BI) and analytics. According to Tableau, the projected return on investment of BI in a three-year period is 127%. Clients and colleagues are seeing the importance of adopting BI and predictive analytics to proactively manage the company and make critical decisions. Are you on a roadmap to adopting BI?

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2021 Brushware September-October eMag Now Available

 

The 2021 September/October Artist Brush Special Edition of Brushware magazine is now available to all readers in eMag (digital edition) format. August is American Artist Appreciation Month and we’re celebrating with the release of our brand new Artist/Detail Brush Special Section that highlights top brushes from FM Brush, Gordon Brush and Yongli Filament & Bristle Co. Check out the new section on page 21. The issue also recognizes ABMA Executive Director David Parr and his 20-year legacy as he prepares an exit strategy for 2022. The extended coverage from Bob Lawrence begins on page 29. We also have Zephyr’s R.J. Lindstrom as our profile and Lisa Anderson’s column covers the urgent need for leaders to craft a business intelligence plan. In our Pulse segment, Jeffrey Mink from FM Brush and Eric Zhao from Yongli Filament & Bristle Co. offer insights on the artist brush sector of the industry. Plus, the issue includes the US Import/Export trade stats for the first half of 2021 and our full economic dashboard.

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Post Pandemic Skills Gap

By Lisa Anderson

According to Prudential’s latest Pulse of the American Worker Survey, one in four workers plan to look for a job at a different company once the pandemic has subsided. Additionally, a recent Robert Half survey found that 38 percent of workers feel stuck in their careers, and an EY survey found that more than half of employees globally would quit their jobs if not provided post-pandemic flexibility. Clients and colleagues are starting to see a surge of employees “on the move.” What are you doing to retain your top talent and attract new talent?

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Post Pandemic: People or Robots?

By Lisa Anderson

According to Statista Research Department, the global market for robots is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of around 26 percent to reach close to $210 billion by 2025. To back that up, Automation World reports almost 45 percent of respondents to their adoption survey currently use robots in their assembly and manufacturing operations and almost 25 percent expect to add robots in the next year.

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2021 Brushware May-June eMag Now Available

The 2021 May/June eMag issue of Brushware magazine is now available to all readers and is jam-packed with articles on the world of brushes, brooms, mops and paint products. Bob Lawrence profiles artisan broom maker Brian Newton in The Saga of Broomcorn Johnny as we extend our editorial coverage to explore the full range of the brush and broom culture.

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Modern ERP Launchpad for Growth

By Lisa Anderson

If you don’t have a modern enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, your growth prospects will be limited in comparison to your competition. It didn’t use to be as important; however, according to KPMG, for the majority of US CEOs, the pandemic has meant an acceleration of digital transformation by months or even years. Although there are several technologies considered a priority, modernizing and upgrading ERP is a cornerstone launchpad for growth. Clients and colleagues are seeing the critical importance of not only having a central database for performing business transactions but also one that enables a superior customer experience.

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21 Insights for 2021: Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Technology

Our supply chain columnist Lisa Anderson has released a new Emerging Above & Beyond eBook download that offers 21 insights for 2021 from experts in manufacturing, supply chain and technology. While Anderson normally releases a prediction report at this time each year, she pivoted to focus on key lessons learned during 2020 and how leaders should adapt and proactively position businesses to emerge above and beyond in 2021.

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Current Issue

SEP/OCT 2021

-2021 Artists Brush Special
-David Parr: Exit Strategy
-Profile: R.J. Lindstrom
-The Pulse: Artist Brush
-Business Intelligence
-First Half: US Import/Exports

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