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  • Cazza to Build World's First 3D Printed Skyscraper

    • APICS staff
      2017
    Cazza announced plans to build the world’s first 3D printed skyscraper, according to Construction Week Online.......Read More
  • Wal-Mart Invests in Brazilian Market despite Sluggish Sales

    • APICS staff
      2017
    Wal-Mart Stores is investing $320 million throughout the next three years to revamp its hypermarkets in Brazil to appeal to consumers who are increasingly choosing smaller, cheaper shopping options. This investment is an attempt to counter the company's slipping sales in the world’s fifth-largest consumer market, which dropped more than 4 percent last quarter, The Wall Street Journal reports. ......Read More
  • Amazon Plans Air Cargo Option for Chinese Sellers

    • APICS staff
      2017
    Amazon Logistics announced that it will soon offer Chinese sellers the option to fly their goods internationally as air cargo. This expands on the company’s ocean-shipping service to US warehouses, The Wall Street Journal reports.......Read More
  • Intel to Acquire Mobileye

    • APICS staff
      2017
    Computing giant Intel is expanding its relationship with Mobileye by acquiring the vision technology company. The $15.3 billion deal is the largest-ever acquisition of an Israeli company, TechCrunch reports. ......Read More
  • Aldi Goes Omnichannel in Asia

    • APICS staff
      2017
    Aldi is planning to start online sales of wine, snack, and breakfast products to consumers in China through Alibaba’s Tmall e-commerce platform. Australian suppliers will help facilitate the market expansion, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.......Read More
  • Boeing Plans First European Plant

    • APICS staff
      2017
    Chicago-based aerospace giant Boeing is planning to build its first European plant in post-Brexit England, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. The company plans to invest 20 million pounds in a facility in Sheffield, England, to supply parts for its 737 and 777 planes, with a particular focus on actuation systems that extend and retract wing flaps during different phases of flight.......Read More
  • Takata to Pay $1 Billion in Penalties

    • APICS staff
      2017
    As a result of one of the court cases following its airbag recalls, Japanese automotive supplier Takata Corporation pleaded guilty to one count of criminal wire fraud in a Detroit federal court. In recompense, the company will pay $1 billion in penalties, The Wall Street Journal reports.......Read More
  • McDonald's to Expand Food Deliveries in Select Markets

    • APICS staff
      2017
    Following a consumer survey last year, McDonald’s is beginning to expand delivery services in new test markets. The fast-food giant has been offering delivery in Asia and the Middle East for years, but it now is trying out delivery in the United States, Europe, and new Asian markets, according to The Wall Street Journal.......Read More
  • McDonald's Reinvents Straw for Improved Shake Consumption

    • APICS staff
      2017
    To pair with the latest variety of its seasonal Shamrock Shake, McDonald’s created a limited-edition straw designed to better facilitate consumption of the two-layered ice cream drink, Tech Times reports. ......Read More
  • Ford Acquires Artificial Intelligence Start-Up

    • APICS staff
      2017
    Ford Motor Company has acquired a majority ownership of artificial intelligence start-up Argo AI. According to The Wall Street Journal, the auto giant plans to invest $1 billion in Argo AI throughout the next five years to support its own self-driving car technology goals.......Read More
  • Industries Average 40 Percent Digitization, McKinsey Finds

    • APICS staff
      2017
    A new report from McKinsey & Company reveals that the digitization trend is not as pervasive as it seems. On average, industries are less than 40 percent digitized, it reports. ......Read More
  • Panama Canal Carries Record 36.1 Million Tons in January

    • APICS staff
      2017
    The newly reopened Panama Canal carried a record amount of cargo in January, according to Global Trade. The total weight of the 1,260 ships that passed through the original and expanded locks measured 36.1 million tons.......Read More
  • Apple to Assemble iPhones in India

    • APICS staff
      2017
    The Karnataka government of India officially confirmed Thursday that Apple will open an iPhone assembly facility in Bengaluru this spring, according to Times of India. India is the third country to assemble iPhones.......Read More
  • ERC to Promote Remanufacturing in Europe

    • APICS staff
      2017
    A new trade association has been formed to increase the rate of remanufacturing in Europe and promote the economic and sustainability benefits of the remanufacturing industry. The European Remanufacturing Council (ERC) will represent the businesses that currently produce 30 billion euros of remanufactured products and employ 190,000 workers, Resource reports. ......Read More
  • Amazon Plans Its First Air Cargo Hub

    • APICS staff
      2017
    Amazon announced plans to build its first air cargo hub—which will be located at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport in Hebron, Kentucky—for its growing fleet of planes, The Wall Street Journal reports. Last year, Amazon planned to lease 40 planes, but it currently only has 16 in its fleet.......Read More
  • Suppliers Cut 434 Million Tons of Carbon Dioxide Emissions

    • APICS staff
      2017
    CDP’s “Global Supply Chain Report 2017” revealed that suppliers worldwide cut carbon dioxide emissions by 434 million tons last year. In doing so, the participating companies also delivered an associated cost savings of $12.4 billion—more than twice the amount of savings achieved in 2015, according to GreenBiz.......Read More
  • Australia, Japan Collaborate on Alternative Energy

    • APICS staff
      2017
    Australian Maritime Safety Authority representative Alex Shultz-Altmann and Japanese Transport Ministry representative Masumi Ito signed a memorandum of understanding last week allowing liquid hydrogen to be shipped in bulk for the first time, paving the way for potential commercial trade among other nations. The agreement is part of a sustainable energy trade pilot project that is scheduled to begin in 2020, according to The Japan Times.......Read More
  • Fiat Chrysler Disputes EPA Allegations

    • APICS staff
      2017
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) CEO Sergio Marchionne is disputing allegations made by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the London-based automaker utilized undisclosed software in some of its models that allowed the vehicles to release more emissions than legally allowed. Marchionne said in a press conference that he is concerned people will draw parallels between these allegations and Volkswagen’s situation, the Detroit Free Press reports.......Read More
  • South Korea Turns to US Eggs Amid Bird Flu

    • APICS staff
      2017
    After losing 26 million chickens to bird flu since November, South Korea has entered into an agreement to buy shell eggs from the United States, according to ABC News. The H5N6 bird flu strain has been the worst in the country’s history, killing a third of its egg-laying hens. Although deals are still being signed, Urner Berry Protein Market Analyst Brian Moscoguiri reports that there are contracts for as many as 3 million to 4 million eggs.......Read More
  • AI Spending to Reach $47 Billion by 2020

    • APICS staff
      2017
    As artificial intelligence (AI) becomes more prevalent in the business community, International Data Corp. predicts that corporate spending on this technology will nearly sextuple within four years from an estimated $8 billion in 2016. Declining technology costs and an increasing need to identify patterns within the growing amounts of business data are driving this trend, The Wall Street Journal reports.......Read More