How Intelligent Automation Will Revitalize Workplace Outsourcing

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The outsourcing market is all set to be transformed by intelligent automation, according to an analyst note from Gartner.

Gartner defines these services as an umbrella term for a “variety of strategies, skills, tools and techniques that service providers are using to remove the need for labor, and increase the predictability and reliability of services while reducing the cost of delivery.”

As the analyst firm notes, replacing human labor with intelligent automation services (IAS) will only work

Subaru to Expand Inspection-Related Recall to About 400,000 Units in Japan

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Subaru plans to add about 145,000 vehicles to its inspection-related recall in Japan, according to a report by Reuters . The automaker had previously estimated that nearly 255,000 vehicles would be recalled after uncertified workers were found to have carried out final car inspections. The recall is expected to start next week.

Significance: The latest announcement by Subaru widening the scope of the recall is part of a precautionary move. In its previous announcement, Subaru said that

In U.S., Empire Recalls 5 Tons of Contaminated Kosher Chicken Breasts

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Empire Kosher Poultry is recalling approximately five tons of raw poultry products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, including metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced.

The department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a statement about the recall Friday, adding that the suspected contamination at the Pennsylvania-based factory—one of the largest producers of kosher poultry in North America—may have introduced metals into the products feared affected.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions

Walmart Labs Is Brewing Data to Power Walmart’s Future

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Walmart Stores, the world’s biggest retailer, is pushing the envelope in technology innovations, which include installing robots at its stores for specific jobs and applying technology for in-home deliveries.

A cornerstone of these innovations is the company’s Walmart Labs in Bengaluru, India, which plays a significant role in helping the retailer stay ahead, Walmart’s chief technology officer Jeremy King told ET’s Mugdha Variyar in an interview in San Francisco. Edited excerpts:

What’s your vision for technology innovations

Top 3 Drivers for IIoT Market in Automotive Industry

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Technavio market research analysts forecast the global Internet of Industrial Things (IIoT) market in the automotive industry to grow at a CAGR of more than 33% during the forecast period, according to their latest report.

The report has further categorized the global IIoT market in the automotive industry into different segments based on application (manufacturing operations, production asset management and maintenance, and inventory and supply chain management), solution (hardware and software, and services), and geography (APAC,

Human Error Is More Common Cause of Unplanned Downtime in Manufacturing Than Any Other Sector

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User error is a more common cause of unplanned downtime in the manufacturing sector than almost any other sector, according to a new Vanson Bourne global study, sponsored by ServiceMax from GE Digital.

Unplanned downtime triggered by user error is 23% compared to as low as 9% in other sectors.

ServiceMax provided the following report highlights:

The new study, “After the Fall: Cost, Causes and Consequences of Unplanned Downtime,” surveyed more than 100 manufacturers globally at the field

Kobe Steel Blames Data Scandal on Focus on Profit, Lack of Controls

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Kobe Steel Ltd said on Friday a lack of quality controls and a focus on profits was behind the widespread data tampering that has shaken up the supply chains of car and plane makers around the world.

Japan’s third-largest steelmaker, which has posted losses in the last two business years, promised to automate more of its operations and reorganize its quality control systems to recover from one of the nation’s biggest corporate scandals.

The 112-year-old

American Airlines Has Stopped Selling Food Due to a Listeria Outbreak

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American Airlines has reportedly stopped serving food on some flights out of Los Angeles due to traces of listeria that were discovered in its catering company’s kitchen. According to Business Insider , the listeria was discovered several weeks ago at a Gate Gourmet catering facility where the airline’s in-flight meals are prepared.

The company told Business Insider that traces of the bacteria were “found on surfaces that do not come into contact with food including drains and

How Autonomous Vehicles Will Challenge Traditional Supply Chains

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While most players in the automotive industry believe that autonomous cars, with varying degrees of autonomy, will soon see the light of day, a study by McKinsey & Company indicates that only up to 15% of new cars will be autonomous by 2030. For decades to come, then, automakers will be producing both autonomous and traditional cars simultaneously.

This dual production won’t seem like a significant issue until people realize how fundamentally different autonomous vehicles are.

Three Predictions for AI in 2018; The Emerging Tech Is Gaining Ground, But There’s Still a Long Way to Go

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We’re at an exciting time in society where a revolutionary technology like artificial intelligence (AI) is beginning to find its way into nearly every industry. There is a buzz about the positive benefits and there are voices of concern, but the truth is, the future of AI is a long road that we’ll all continue to walk.

As we begin to wrap up 2017, what does the near future look like for consumers and companies in