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Frank Cavallaro
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Robotics Drives Supply Chain Profits
Frank Cavallaro  
6/11/2019   (5) comments
Here’s why integrating automation into warehouses and logistical operations will determine the future profitability of supply chain companies.
Here's Why Supply Chain Companies Need to Try Live Video
Frank Cavallaro  
5/14/2019   Post a comment
Live video streaming offers businesses a cost-effective strategy for engaging with and appealing to today’s buyers.
Chatbots: No Longer Just a Buyer Buzzword
Frank Cavallaro  
4/9/2019   Post a comment
Chatbots are a must-have lead generation and customer service tool for supply chain businesses in 2019.
4 Examples of AI for Supply Chain
Frank Cavallaro  
3/12/2019   (3) comments
Artificial intelligence is set to change the supply chain in a variety of unexpected ways.
Use Social Media to Enhance Supply Chain Transparency
Frank Cavallaro  
2/5/2019   (1) comment
Customers want transparency of supply chain through social media.
Digital Marketing for the Supply Chain & Logistics Industries
Frank Cavallaro  
1/15/2019   (3) comments
Digital marketing will establish your company as an industry thought leader with B2B buyers.
6 Content Marketing Trends for the Supply Chain in 2019
Frank Cavallaro  
11/20/2018   (1) comment
Here are six content marketing trends for 2019 for the supply chain and logistics industries.
Social Messaging Platforms: Why Your Supply Chain Company Needs to Pay Attention
Frank Cavallaro  
11/6/2018   Post a comment
The increasing popularity of social messaging platforms means your business needs to consider how to incorporate them into marketing strategy.
Why Inbound Marketing Is a Better Supply Chain Strategy Than Outbound
Frank Cavallaro  
10/16/2018   Post a comment
An inbound marketing strategy is better than outbound marketing for supply chain companies.
What Does Automation Mean for Supply Chain Marketing & Sales?
Frank Cavallaro  
9/18/2018   (6) comments
Automation can benefit sales and marketing for supply chain and logistics industries, driving efficiencies and increasing leads.
Blogging Adds Value to a Supply Chain Company
Frank Cavallaro  
8/7/2018   (1) comment
A company blog hosted on a website offers supply chain companies a long-lasting social media resource to attract customers on the B2B buying journey.
Why the Supply Chain Needs Social Media
Frank Cavallaro  
7/17/2018   (2) comments
Social media benefits the supply chain by offering platforms for enhanced communication and customer engagement, education, and social monitoring to gain market intelligence.
Are the Robots Winning?
Frank Cavallaro  
5/23/2018   Post a comment
Automation is a wonderful boon...or a terrible sign of destruction. Let's sort out the truth in all the confusion.
Is the Tesla the Next Honda Accord?
Frank Cavallaro  
4/24/2018   Post a comment
If the auto industry hits expected sales growth, it will be a boon to the electronics industry, as the number of cars with electronic components and the number of electronic components in each car grows by leaps and bounds.
Cyberattacks on American Factories Are Real
Frank Cavallaro  
3/27/2018   Post a comment
The threat of cyberattack is real. In fact, American factories have quietly been growing more and more susceptible to threats over time.
Amazon's Next Frontier: Manufacturing & the Industrial Internet
Frank Cavallaro  
2/28/2018   Post a comment
Amazon is in a prime position to enter the Industrial Internet. That may be a big change for manufacturers and supply chain pros...it's definitely one to keep an eye on.
Automation in Manufacturing Will Create More, Better Paying Jobs
Frank Cavallaro  
1/2/2018   (2) comments
Artificial intelligence will cost our industry certain types of jobs, but the fallout in terms of new jobs may be even better.
“Registered” ELD Vendors Creates Potential Global Supply Chain Nightmare
Frank Cavallaro  
10/3/2017   (1) comment
New electronic logging device (ELD) regulations have the potential to rock supply chains and manufacturers around the globe — and not just because of anticipated transportation disruptions and increases in costs.
Explore Second-Life Market for Drones & Home Assistants
Frank Cavallaro  
8/29/2017   Post a comment
As electronics OEMs evolve their products, its important to consider what we are going to do with obsolete electronics as consumers spend on newer offerings.
Incentivizing e-Waste Recycling
Frank Cavallaro  
7/26/2017   (1) comment
As the industry creates new electronics products, and new iterations of designs, it behooves us to look at how products are handled at end of life.
U.S. Military Identifies Advanced Authentication Tech to Root Out Counterfeit Electronics
Frank Cavallaro  
5/9/2017   Post a comment
The proliferation of counterfeit electronic parts in the military supply chain is a well-publicized problem. One preventative method the DoD seems to be gravitating toward is advanced authenticating technologies. Here’s a look at what they’ve tried and recent contracts awarded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency that indicate where they might be heading.
Faster, More Flexible, Cheaper: The New Electronics Manufacturing Mantra
Frank Cavallaro  
4/25/2017   (2) comments
Flexibility is key to business success, especially in manufacturing. These three pillars of operational flexibility can put an organization on the road to success.
The Self-Driving-Truck Race is On, But Which Strategy Will Prevail?
Frank Cavallaro  
3/21/2017   (1) comment
As Uber’s robot-trucking division is engulfed by legal troubles, several startups are poised to reinvent the freight business. Starsky Robotics, Embark, and Drive.ai all recently unveiled detailed plans regarding the next phases of their technologies. Which strategy will prove successful?
Wrapping up 2016: Packaging Trends to Watch
Frank Cavallaro  
1/10/2017   (2) comments
As we get buried in wrapping paper, what are some new ways to cut the waste?
Hanjin Collapse Points to State of Shipping Industry
Frank Cavallaro  
11/29/2016   (3) comments
The downfall of Hanjin was hardly surprising and is forcing some much needed restructuring of the global shipping industry.
Finding the Way Out of Inventory Dilemmas
Frank Cavallaro  
10/25/2016   Post a comment
Warehouse rents are reaching record heights as inventory is building up across the country. Organizations with a flexible supply chain network are better positioned to combat the issue.
Waving tariff wand unlikely to benefit anyone
Frank Cavallaro  
8/2/2016   (2) comments
Concerns over manufacturing layoffs cannot be solved by waving tariff wand
The automated warehouse: Who’s driving anyway?
Frank Cavallaro  
7/12/2016   Post a comment
The evolution of driverless robotic vehicles continues unabated, but what will it take for them to overtake certain warehouse tasks?
The Big Cost of Fast & Free in Logistics
Frank Cavallaro  
6/7/2016   (7) comments
In the race to get consumers their orders at ever-increasing pace, shippers and retailers try to mitigate the financial impact.
The Art of Overcoming the Supply Chain Talent Shortage
Frank Cavallaro  
4/26/2016   (1) comment
Finding the right person for the job requires more than simply posting a job opening. Supply chain recruiter Rodney Apple shares his insights.
Pack It Up: the Evolving Business of Protective Packaging
Frank Cavallaro  
3/29/2016   Post a comment
Momentum favors sustainable packaging although there is still a lot of room for improvement.
Taking Action on Data: Is it Getting Any Easier?
Frank Cavallaro  
3/1/2016   (1) comment
Data overload is frequently cited as the biggest hurdle to taking advantage of sophisticated telematics systems. Are companies getting any better at helping their customers break down, interpret, and use the data?
Counting the High Cost of Doing Nothing
Frank Cavallaro  
1/26/2016   Post a comment
Many companies mistakenly believe holding off on investments equals saving money when, in fact, it can become a costly strategy down the line.
Low-Profile Colleges Pay Off Big for Would-Be Manufacturing Pros
Frank Cavallaro  
1/5/2016   (24) comments
The college graduates of 2015 were the most indebted ever – until the next round of grads wave their diplomas in the spring.
What’s Preventing Onshoring from Taking Off?
Frank Cavallaro  
12/1/2015   (2) comments
The issue of onshoring is more complex than we may realize.
Manufacturer's Definition of ‘Made in USA’ Costs Big Bucks
Frank Cavallaro  
10/27/2015   (2) comments
The “Made in USA” label does not always mean the same thing to companies as to the Federal Trade Commission.
Will Analytics Render Old-Fashioned Job Interviews Obsolete?
Frank Cavallaro  
9/29/2015   Post a comment
Increased reliance on analytics may edge out traditional job interviews, at least if we are to believe some experts.
Data Under Siege: Time for Organizations to Turn Focus on ITAD
Frank Cavallaro  
8/25/2015   Post a comment
Despite the flurry of media reports about high-profile security breaches, too many organizations don’t pay enough attention to the fate of their retired IT assets.
Changing Minds: The First Step to Closing the Manufacturing Skills Gap
Frank Cavallaro  
7/28/2015   Post a comment
In order to attract more young people to the manufacturing industry, negative perceptions need to change.
Sometimes All You Need is a Non-Team Player
Frank Cavallaro  
6/30/2015   Post a comment
In order to get the largest pool of qualified applicants, leave “teamwork” out of the job description.
Is the Data Steward the New Data Police?
Frank Cavallaro  
5/26/2015   Post a comment
Some business users are under the impression data stewards play dual roles, championing the organization’s data governance program while also using their position to crack down on anyone stepping out of line.
Pizza Hut Has Something to Teach the Supply Chain
Frank Cavallaro  
4/28/2015   Post a comment
Pizza Hut’s “subconscious menu” tickles our imagination, making it a winner even if it never reaches U.S. restaurants.
The Long, Long Wait for a Manufacturing Renaissance
Frank Cavallaro  
3/31/2015   Post a comment
Although a growing number of companies are moving manufacturing back to the United States, it has yet to translate into a significant impact on the overall economy.
Battle for Competitive Difference Fought in the Cloud
Frank Cavallaro  
3/17/2015   Post a comment
As the market keeps growing, an increasing number of global players are wielding cloud-based portfolios to gain a competitive edge.
Why the Sharing Company Can Count on Success
Frank Cavallaro  
3/4/2015   Post a comment
Peer-to-peer enterprise sharing holds the key to long-term business success for electronics OEMs.
Analytics Squeeze Value Out of IoT
Frank Cavallaro  
2/17/2015   (1) comment
Data flows through the supply chain but holds little value unless correctly leveraged.
How Lean is Too Lean?
Frank Cavallaro  
2/3/2015   Post a comment
Several factors have made inventory management a vexing problem for many organizations.
Walmart’s Inventory Struggles Offer Valuable Supply Chain Lesson
Frank Cavallaro  
1/20/2015   (4) comments
Walmart’s search for ways to address excess inventory and empty shelves remind us that resting on past achievements is never an option.
Looking Forward: The Occasional Pitfalls of Predictive Analytics
Frank Cavallaro  
1/6/2015   (1) comment
While the adoption of predictive analytics keeps growing, a few common pitfalls threaten to lessen the effectiveness of the insights.
The Story of Connectivity Told by a Christmas Tree
Frank Cavallaro  
12/23/2014   (3) comments
A wireless Christmas tree encapsulates the increased presence of the Internet of Things in our everyday lives.
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Live Chat 01/15: CPOs Re-Shape Their Business Roles
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Live Chat 11/12: Examining the Cyberthreat to Supply Chains
The number of cyberattacks is on the rise and hackers are targeting the supply chain. Drew Smith, founder and CEO of InfoArmor, will be on hand to discuss the reality of today's threat landscape and what to do about it.