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Manufacturing And Warehousing IT News For VARs — September 22, 2014

In the news, 3D printing, automation are focuses of the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) conference. Also, manufacturing growth is anticipated through 2016, and applying Lean principles can help your clients save time and money. In addition, a webcast on Wednesday will show how digital manufacturing is transforming American industry.

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    In a recent article by the Huffington Post, researcher and writer Stowe Boyd referenced the work of two Oxford researchers, Carl Benedict Frey and Michael A. Osborne. Frey and Osborne found that 47 percent of routine jobs are at risk of being automated, with humans being displaced from these jobs and the demand shifting to more non-routine, creative work — a phenomenon, cited in a report by Liberty Street Economics, called job polarization.

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    How do I empower my team to make decisions on their own, to look at the whole picture of the problem, and bring it to resolution?

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