Manufacturers face many challenges of ensuring global supply chains and delivering global orders on time. Customer demands can change rapidly, bad weather and strikes can result in delays or cancellations of component parts, and machines do break down.
The 2019 Qingdao Forum on International Standardization took place on 27-29 October, under the guidance of IEC, ISO, ITU, the Standards Administration of China (SAC) and the People’s Government of Shandong Province. The event was hosted by the Qingdao Municipal Government.
Earlier in the year, the World Trade Organization (WTO) published the 2019 edition of its Global Value Chain Development Report entitled Technological Innovation, Supply Chain Trade, and Workers in a Globalized World.
In this early part of the 21st century, a growing number of anxieties crystallize around the use of robots and automation, both in the workplace and in our homes. We worry about robots taking our jobs, becoming smarter than us…and eventually replacing us altogether.