posts tagged with Technology

Technology, Process Change, and Leadership (repost)

IMG_3205.jpg This post originally appeared on Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Center for Aviation & Aerospace Leadership blog:

Organizations constantly seek to increase quality, productivity and efficiency. When deployed effectively, technology helps us eliminate wasted time and materials, increases efficiency, and improves service.

While incorporating technology into our operations is one of our biggest opportunities as leaders, it also presents one of our biggest challenges. Having the latest technological programs and gadgets at our disposal doesn’t do much for our operations if we’re not adequately prepared to make use of them. If our processes are outdated and full of inefficiency, redundancy and sometimes even counterproductive activity, technology may illuminate the situation but it certainly cannot resolve it.

3 Innovation Trends Reshaping Global Business: FedEx Conference Explores Innovation

Innovation-Conference.jpg Imagine a robotic vacuum cleaner that responds to your voice. Or “smart bandages” that use electrodes to help heal wounds and monitor healing. Or even entire smart cities that “know” to dim streetlights by sensing when sidewalks are empty.

Sound like science fiction? All are either in place now or will be before long. A recent FedEx conference led by our Innovation Team explored these and a host of related topics...

Behind the scenes access to critical shipments

master_dm_13_007_01_03_01_003_160-110-4.jpg What do haute couture clothes have in common with medical equipment and aircraft technology? Any guesses?

On the face of it very little. However, at a closer look you’ll see that all of the above objects are critical.

By critical shipments I mean high value, extremely time or temperature sensitive, or even irreplaceable objects – making it imperative that their location and temperature is known at all times...

Dean Kamen’s Rude Realities and Somewhat Serious Suggestions about Innovation

Dean 03.jpg “Being told ‘you’re crazy’ generally means ‘We should get started on this idea right away!’ “ – Dean Kamen

Recently, celebrated inventor and innovator Dean Kamen (creator of the Segway, iBOT wheelchair, and more) visited the FedEx Headquarters to speak to an enthusiastic group of FedEx employees about Innovation. Dean Kamen is an inspiring creative and scientific leader who holds over 440 patents, and also founded Deka Research as well as the FIRST Robotics Competition for students.

Get ready for the (next) Asian trade revolution

Picture_1.jpg.jpeg When I moved to Asia in 1994, the most common shipment was electronics.

Think big and expensive. The first, mass-produced PCs were spreading like wildfire, and innovations like the “personal communicator” – dubbed “bricks” due to their size and weight – were starting to take off.

I vividly remember those days. Around five years earlier, I’d been involved in the FedEx purchase of Asia’s Flying Tigers airlines, which as far back as the 1940s was known by its tagline – “We haul anything anywhere.” It was a critical acquisition for us because it gave us the air rights and the authority to connect Asia globally.

But there was a much different tiger on the scene by the time...