Resale of Fast Fashion? Mother Earth Is Not Impressed

Contrary to early expectations, the resale of fast-fashion items has done little to reduce carbon emissions.

A recent study shows that the resale efforts might be misplaced because, in the end, few people want to buy clothes that were trendy last season, but have now lost their appeal. Business empires have been built on fast fashion. Yet, as shoppers become increasingly concerned about the environment, fast-fashion retailers face the challenge of keeping their cash cows while adopting new […]

The USPS Wants to Deliver its Operations Strategy

The USPS continues its ambitious transformation.

Although the first two years of the ten-year transformation plan have produced mixed results, the Postmaster General wants to forge ahead with the pursuit of excellence in quality, cost, delivery, and flexibility. Because revenues from mail delivery continue to decline, the USPS is targeting shippers, a bold move for a late entrant in the package delivery business. This strategy requires a complete overhaul of the organization. Modernization and streamlining of services and […]

Do Manufacturing Workers Benefit from Automation?

Advanced manufacturing technologies promise better jobs. Is it time to rejoice?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us, and it will transform work as we know it. This article delves into the benefits that automation could bring to deskless workers: safer jobs, higher pay, more opportunities for advancement, and so on. It is undeniable that automated technologies and artificial intelligence have the potential to enrich manufacturing jobs. However, their implementation will determine how workers are actually impacted.


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Betting on ‘Made in America’

FutureStitch is reshoring its operations.

It is moving its sock production from China to the West Coast. A host of factors have contributed to the decision, and the founder and CEO believes that the benefits will outweigh the costs. Specifically, the ‘Made in America’ label is expected to be aligned with current political, economic, and societal trends that enhance the company’s image in the US. Its workforce includes formerly incarcerated women who appreciate the second chance and empower each other.


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