The future of manufacturing has arrived, and with it comes doomsday predictions about how artificial intelligence and automation will transform the Texas workforce.[Continue Reading]
Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes job growth.
The Lone Star State has experienced annual employment growth for 27 consecutive months, according to the latest data from the Texas Workforce Commission. Meanwhile, the state's unemployment rate fell to a record low of 3.8 percent in August.
Despite a nationwide struggle to find strong labor supply for advanced manufacturing, Texas boasts an available workforce, a steady economy, and an outlook for continued growth. Texas...[Continue Reading]
When a recall occurs due to a food safety issue, the consequences are widespread and lasting.
Eggs, ground beef, onions, peanuts, peppers, spinach, and most recently, romaine lettuce, have all been in the spotlight due to food safety concerns. And with each incident, the pressure on food manufacturers increases as consumer confidence declines.
Manufacturers will find themselves with greater problems if they do not address food safety issues quickly and efficiently. According to a recent...[Continue Reading]
The food manufacturing industry is expected to grow at 4.2% annually, reaching $31.5 billion in value by 2020, according to BCC Research. And as the industry grows, food manufacturers are faced with a variety of challenges.
Today’s consumers want products that address a wide range of health and dietary needs. Meanwhile, consumers are also placing an increased importance on waste reduction, labeling and sourcing transparency, food safety, and delivery.[Continue Reading]
In 2016, Chipotle reported its first-ever quarter of declining sales, with revenue down 6.8% to just under $1 billion. During the period, same-store sales declined 14.6% and net income plummeted 44% to $67.9 million. This decline, of course, was a result of the company’s food safety crisis following the burrito chain’s devastating E. coli and Norovirus outbreaks.[Continue Reading]
When the earliest forms of agriculture were sprouting up nearly 10,000 years ago, we had little knowledge that someday we might be faced with food sustainability challenges. Our current methods for producing nutritious foods are not able to keep up with the pace of our population growth. According to some estimates, there will be more than 9 billion humans on this planet within the next 50 years, and we need to double our food production by 2030.[Continue Reading]
The preparation, processing, and packaging of our food has increasingly become an automated process with the rise of robotic and automation equipment. And this trend — which is expected to continue for the next several years — brings perks for both the manufacturer and consumer.[Continue Reading]
Texas is widely known as a top business destination for a variety of industries. And while cotton, cattle, and oil may historically come to mind, the versatile state has greatly diversified its economic base over the years.
Currently, Texas’ extensive business portfolio spans not only its flagship industries of petroleum refining and chemical products, but also advanced technology and manufacturing, automotive, aviation and aerospace, biotechnology, information technology, energy, and more.[Continue Reading]
Over the past couple of decades the internet has changed the way we work and live, revolutionizing and disrupting just about every industry from retail to healthcare. Productivity has increased as costs have decreased, all while providing better products and services to consumers. Yet for all it’s impact, one of the industries that has seen great changes and improvements from the rise of the internet has been one people tend not to expect — manufacturing.[Continue Reading]
When it comes to traditional and advanced manufacturing, intellectual horsepower is a significant driver behind long-term success. This is one reason why Texas continues to shine as a hotspot for companies across a diverse set of industries – in particular, all types of manufacturing. Long heralded as one of the nation’s most robust business environments, the Lone Star state offers sweet Southern appeal for Texas manufacturing businesses.[Continue Reading]