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Seeds of change

Made in the USA was once the preferred branding for manufactured products. It signaled high quality, American ingenuity and skilled jobs for citizens. Following the post war re-build of Japanese and German economies, the advent of strategic trading blocs such as NAFTA and EU, and the rapid industrialisation of South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and China, the world became equally adept at producing durable goods. One might say it was a natural consequence of advancing societies. Now 50 plus years later quality, ingenuity and skilled jobs are widespread on every continent. So too are sophisticated supply chains that tie it all…

Acceleration of digital life

John Denslinger sees Covid-19 as a catalyst for significant and rapid change regarding the digitisation of our lives. For more than a decade we have imagined a digital world where electronics, coupled with communications, offered humanity a less stressful daily life. As desirable as it sounded, the pace of consumer and business adoption was rather measured. Suddenly, a pandemic disrupted all aspects of civilisation. That one catalyst, Covid-19, brought immediate need and accelerated digital life. The good news: the technology supporting personal routines, people encounters, day-to-day commerce, transport, workplace arrangements and remote data sharing is already available. Looking back, digital…

Everyone is essential to recovery

In this article John Denslinger argues the best solution to a sustained recovery is a marketplace where all economic activity is seen as essential. Essential versus non-essential must be one of the more disparaging labels applied to America’s workforce and commerce in this new era of lockdowns. While I fully understand the good intentions safeguarding the health and well-being of the general population, the contrast should cease there. My take is that everyone is essential. Every opportunity to make a living is essential. Every business, big or small, is essential. Can anyone really argue each is indispensable to recovery, to…

Everyone is essential to recovery

In this article John Denslinger argues the best solution to a sustained recovery is a marketplace where all economic activity is seen as essential. Essential versus non-essential must be one of the more disparaging labels applied to America’s workforce and commerce in this new era of lockdowns. While I fully understand the good intentions safeguarding the health and well-being of the general population, the contrast should cease there. My take is that everyone is essential. Every opportunity to make a living is essential. Every business, big or small, is essential. Can anyone really argue each is indispensable to recovery, to…

Post Covid-19: re-imagining life

John Denslinger prepares for more robotics, kiosks, touchless, protection, detection and more re-imagining life as we know it. My editorial last month dealt with the ‘great American reboot 2020’ where I discussed an onslaught of issues confronting procurement as operations restart. Undoubtedly, those challenges will continue until the virus impact becomes a distant image in the rear-view mirror. As the reboot begins, fresh opportunities are about to be exposed. In the wake of natural and man-made disasters, it’s human nature finding solutions, implementing effective countermeasures, inventing new products and applying technology in ways not imagined before. Just look at the…

Procurement: 2020 reboot

John Denslinger argues that in the post Covid-19 electronics manufacturing world a heavy burden will fall on procurement to help pick up the pieces and restore order. While medical teams, financial institutions and governments continue working tirelessly on issues, the forecast ahead for procurement is almost as daunting. Faced with the aftermath of shelter-in-place and similar decrees, the great American industrial reboot is about to begin. Containing the spread among citizens took precedence over business as usual. Yet for many of us, that decision ripped apart global supply lines, the life blood of our industry. Left in the wake were…