Achieving Transportation Excellence

Achieving Transportation Excellence

BY GARY JAMES Industry members and shipping companies share insights A growing driver shortage. Rising diesel fuel costs. New federal government requirements that limit driver flexibility and delay deliveries. Increasing expectations from both customers and consumers that products will arrive at storefronts and doorsteps like clockwork. BedTimes spoke with shipping companies, as well as a […]

Skills needed by 2030

Skills needed by 2030

As automation moves into workplaces, the types of employee skills needed will shift, according to a new report by McKinsey Global Institute. McKinsey Global Institute, the business and economics research arm of McKinsey & Co. with headquarters in New York, looked at 25 core skills for today’s workplace and those of the future in France, […]

Looking ahead

Looking ahead

Walking the floor at ISPA EXPO 2018 in March in Charlotte, North Carolina, and talking with producers was an eye-opening experience. Several conversations with machinery makers centered on increasing automation and making production more comfortable for the human operators of machines. In this month’s cover story, BedTimes contributor Gary James reports on a number of […]

Making a bed was never this easy

Making a bed was never this easy

BY GARY JAMES Backed by software and automation, equipment suppliers reveal new machines and entire production lines designed to take much of the hard labor out of manufacturing mattresses Always on the lookout for ways to improve the efficiency, safety, productivity and ergonomics of today’s mattress- and pillow-making operations, machinery makers introduced a range of […]

How Automation May Affect U.S. Jobs

How Automation May Affect U.S. Jobs

Out of four industrial countries, the United States is expected to lose the most jobs to automation in the next 15 years, according to a study by global consulting firm PwC and reported by Recode.net. As many as 40% of U.S. jobs could be automated, the article says. Germany has the next highest percentage of […]