While the COVID crisis has alleviated some of the challenges that just over a year ago were causing manufacturers to pull their hair out before meeting demand, the underlying demographic and skills challenges around the manufacturing labor supply have only continued to degrade.

How can you understand this challenge? Fundamentally, understand how generational change has taken place is the first step. From there, understanding how technology can change productivity is key to not falling in the same trap once things are “back to normal”.

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