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What if Your Company Knew About Supply Chain Disruptions Before They Occurred?

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Shrinking margins. Hastening technology disruptions. Fickle consumer tastes. These are just some of the challenges businesses face as they strive to stay ahead of the competition. But what if there was at least one way businesses could outsmart the competition in the face of these challenges? What if we could predict what was going to happen before it happens? Continue Reading →

New Battery Tech is Great, But You Can’t Scale Without a Robust Supply Chain

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Tesla’s planning to build a giant battery factory that’s comparable to all lithium-ion production in the world in one factory, producing 500,000 electric vehicles by 2020. At this unprecedented scale, a big part of the strategy is going to be around the supply chain. But even smaller companies, some still in start-up mode and many depending on battery technologies, can also benefit from supply chain strategies. That’s where global manufacturing partners can help. Continue Reading →

Five Speculations on the Future of the Internet of Things

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“There is a massive, massive collection of things that are going to be connected to the Internet,” Mark Mondello, CEO of Jabil recently said during an interview with IndustryWeek. “We’re in the third inning of a nine-inning game. There are lots of good opportunities for us both within electronics and outside of electronics.”

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Aging Brings Challenges and Opportunities to Manufacturing

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The world isn’t getting any younger. Mortality and fertility have declined in nearly all countries. Globally, older persons are expected to exceed children for the first time by 2047. The speed of aging in Asia is even faster, the population of those aged 65 and above are projected to increase by 314 percent over the next 50 years. This presents some very real labor-force challenges as  the demand for consumer goods increases with the standard of living in these very regions of the world. But there are also opportunities. Continue Reading →

Jabil CEO Mark Mondello Featured in IndustryWeek

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Jabil CEO Mark Mondello recently sat down with Steve Minter for IndustryWeek, one of America’s oldest manufacturing publications, to discuss Jabil, its history, its future and where he sees the manufacturing industry going next. Continue Reading →

Road to Best Practice Sharing

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The sharing and proliferation of best practices is one of the most common challenges for companies faced with thousands of employees spanning the globe solving similar problems. In fact, it takes an average of 27 months to share a best practice across the organization, according to a Harvard Business Report. Continue Reading →

Lean Culture: It All Starts with a Value Stream Transformation

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Transformation team from Jabil Vienna working on a Value Stream Map.

Can leadership dictate culture? Yes. In fact, company leaders set the tone for the organization not only by defining the vision, but also by hiring talent and mentoring and motivating their employees. As a result, they create the organizational culture. Continue Reading →

Developing Leaders and Driving Change Through Competition

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Within industries where the same technologies are available to all competitors, there’s one thing that can elevate a company above the others. People. It sounds simple, but many companies are not making the grade. According to a recent Gallup report, 50 percent of Americans are not engaged at work. Continue Reading →