CIRAS DIGEST: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

  • The Wall Street Journal’s website has a story about how cloud computing will lead to an expansion of 3-D printing among small manufacturing firms, since you won’t need to operate and run the actual machine.
  • Meanwhile, Industry Week has a Q&A with Susan Helper, chief economist at the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, about recent “fact finding” as part of President Barack Obama’s “Supply Chain Innovation Initiative.” Nutshell: It’s clear small manufacturers are important (since 42 percent of everything in supply chain comes from firms with fewer than 500 employees), but those companies are sometimes constrained in innovation, and that holds back the entire industry. [No mention of what to do about that, however.]
  • Elsewhere, a stock forecast site called Profit Confidential says U.S. manufacturing “looks to be struggling” after industrial production in America fell for the fifth straight month in April. The author wonders whether there will be a recession in early 2016.
  • And last but not least, the Des Moines Register site has tips for drinking alcohol at business events. Among them: “Avoid audibly exhaling, “Aaahhhh,” every time you take a sip.

 

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