elena koycheva 774495 unsplashThe single biggest issue for US manufacturers is the uncertainty of the relationship with China and how tariffs will affect products, pricing, delivery, and costs. But that’s not to say there aren’t other issues to consider.

maturingWe’re now well into the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The First Industrial Revolution was about steam and railroads, the Second about electricity, and the Third brought about by the Internet. AI, the basis of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, will completely change the way business is done and companies are run in the next five to ten years, just as the Internet has done in the last ten. The transformation will be bigger than that any previous revolution has brought about.

amazon deliveryThis season’s spending is projected to be 14.8 percent more than that of 2017. That is, online spending at least. Adobe Analytics looked at 80 of the top 100 U.S. retailers and a wide swath of their customers and predict online sales between Cyber Monday and Christmas will produce an additional $284 million in sales over last year.

john salvino 417565 unsplashIt's still one of the toughest jobs an IT professional faces. It's not the providing of cloud computing services, but convincing your non-technical clients that it’s safe to take the plunge and migrate to the cloud. This remains a frustrating task; especially when they’ve reviewed reliable and credible data and still resist.

global supply chain franck v 512310 unsplashIt is well known that China has been the biggest producer of goods for many years. From children’s school supplies to the contents of every handyman’s toolbox, “Made in China” is found in small print. However, China’s labor costs, much due to its economic growth from manufacturing, have risen to the point that the competition from nearby Asian countries is taking some of that manufacturing business. These shifts, along many others over the last two decades, have been heavily influenced by the conglomerate Alibaba, affecting the supply chain of companies worldwide.