Industry Market Trends

To Our Readers: Welcome to ThomasNet News Career Journal

October 14, 2013

Dear Loyal Reader, Today, we are reintroducing IMT Career Journal as ThomasNet News Career Journal. Read More

Industry Market Trends

Industrial Distribution’s Talent Gap: Facing a Massive Demographic Shift

October 14, 2013

Finding qualified job candidates who can tackle the challenges of global supply chain management today remains difficult. Recruitment is particularly problematic in the field of industrial distribution, a critical link in the global supply chain. Read More

Industry Market Trends

Smart City Technologies Drive Efficiencies in Power and Water

October 14, 2013

Half of the people in the world, 3.6 billion, now live in cities, according to a report from management-consulting firm McKinsey & Company. That’s more than at any other time in human history, both in raw numbers and in proportion. The firm projects that by 2030, that percentage will rise to 60 percent, or 5 billion people.

This unprecedented growth presents a challenge in environmental management. Sustainable urban growth, says McKinsey, will “depend upon investment in infrastructure that reduces emissions, waste production and water use, as the way we build and renovate our cities will determine their ecological sustainability for decades to come.”

The world’s cities today are “data rich” but “information poor,” says a paper from research firm Ovum. “While cities are collecting more raw data than ever before,” the firm asserts, “they are encountering difficulties in breaking down silos and converting the data into usable, actionable, accurate information.” Ovum believes that “smart cities technologies” can help spur a needed transformation. Read More