For the past several years, politicians have started to get rather blunt when talking about the American manufacturing industry.
"There are some jobs that are not going to come back," President Obama said during the second presidential debate against then-Republican nominee Mitt Romney. "Because they are low-wage, low-skill jobs."
This view has been shared by many influential leaders. In some cases, it appears to be true. As Forbes contributor Tim Worstall wrote shortly after the debate, it is highly unlikely that we will ever have an army of highly-paid American workers making iPhones on U.S. soil.
But there is a difference between saying that some jobs will never return and saying that American manufacturing is dead. In fact, as the U.S. economy recovers, there has been some good news to come out of the manufacturing sector. Recent reports show that American manufacturers are planning to do more hiring in the near future than they have in the past five years.
According to a recent article on ere.net, 58 percent of industrial employers say they will add workers in the next 12 months. In addition, a full 60 percent reported feeling optimistic about the economic future of the U.S. Although only 40 percent said the same about the world economy as a whole, the report noted that this is still higher than what was recorded last year.
Along with technicians and production workers, these companies say they will be putting an emphasis on hiring skilled labor to work alongside some of the more complicated machinery in some of these plants.
Managing A Supply Chain? There's An App For That
What will some of these skilled workers have to do? Many will be responsible for managing their companies' supply chains. In a recent article on Supply Management, contributor Tom Woodham explains some of the traits that makes a supply chain "best in class." among them, he writes, are a clear vision with "demonstrable improvement achieved," a short- and long-term strategy that emphasizes the importance of sustainability and the ability to connect "demand sensing capabilities" to these plans.
Thanks to improvements in mobile technology tools, many manufacturing executives are coming to rely on ERP Software to carry out these tasks. Users can carefully monitor supply chain activity and demand projections. Thanks to better resource management and the ability to make important decisions more quickly, employees find that their productivity improves when using ERP Software such as IFS Applications.
There are a wide range of IFS Applications available, and businesses that handle all aspects of manufacturing have many different needs. Some have a number of different plants and warehouses that need better coordination. Others must deal with the complex interactions between human workers and their machine counterparts.
By working with IFS Business Partners like Nayo Technologies, manufacturers can find the customized solution that works best for their organization, which will seamlessly integrate and interface with IFS Applications.