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The Big REthink
18 minutes | 7 days ago
What Does it Take to Keep Today’s Increasingly Mobile Workforce Connected?
Around the world and across sectors, a rapidly growing number of workers are dependent on mobile devices to do their jobs. Yet research shows that, on a weekly basis, 50 percent of workers experience technological issues that get in the way of their work. Why is that number so high, and what challenges do IT professionals face when it comes to troubleshooting and preventing problems? On this episode of The Big REthink, Gary Lee, chief revenue officer for B2M Solutions, joins host Barry Ross to discuss. Plus, they consider the impact of technological issues on businesses’ bottom line and the consumer experience.
20 minutes | 21 days ago
Protect & Defend: Technology’s Role in National Security
For civilians and outsiders, it might be easy to assume that, when it comes to national security, the U.S. government has an endless array of cutting-edge technologies to choose from. But a set of unique challenges, from logistical limitations to fiscal responsibility, make technological innovation more difficult than some might imagine. On this episode of The Big REthink, Schuyler Moore, senior defense advisor to the House of Representatives, joins host Barry Ross to discuss those obstacles, and some of the solutions already in place.
21 minutes | a month ago
Authenticity at Work: The Power of Vulnerability
At work, we’re often expected to present our best selves, checking our emotional needs and insecurities at the door. Where did that expectation originate, and what benefits might there be in creating a workplace that embraces authenticity? On this episode of The Big REthink, researcher, author and speaker Jez Rose joins host Brian Rowley to answer these questions and more.
23 minutes | 2 months ago
Creating Community: How Technology is Changing the Live Worship Experience
For many churchgoers, personal connection is a key component of the live worship experience. As congregations grow and demand for remote streaming increases, how can technology help foster human bonds? On this episode of The Big REthink, Donnie Haulk, CEO of AE Global Media, Inc., joins host Barry Ross to answer this question and more.
16 minutes | 2 months ago
In the Fast Lane: What 5G Means for Businesses and Consumers
Faster data transmission, lower latency, higher resolution and increased usage capacity are a few features of 5G wireless technology. How will it impact businesses, and what differences can consumers expect in their everyday lives? On this episode of The Big REthink, Vijay Paulrajan, Executive Director - Devices, Verizon Business Group, having responsibility for business products and marketing, joins host Barry Ross to discuss. They also consider how 5G is promoting the growth of technology on a larger scale.
23 minutes | 3 months ago
Adapting in Aisle 5: How Grocers Are Responding to Customers’ Changing Needs
Now more than ever, grocery store customers want – and need – safe, quick and convenient ways to shop for food. On this episode of The Big REthink, Matt Judkins, director of corporate marketing communication for Hussmann Corporation, joins host Susan Campbell to share his take on the technologies that are helping grocers provide just such an experience, from online ordering to contactless pickup. Plus, they discuss sustainability initiatives in grocery stores and supply chains, and what the future of food retail might look like.
18 minutes | 3 months ago
What Digital Transformation Means for Manufacturers – And Their Human Workforce
Digital transformation. Industry 4.0. Internet of Things. A wave of digital technologies has benefitted the manufacturing industry in recent years, increasing efficiency, streamlining operations and cutting costs. While some in the industry have embraced this change faster than others, more manufacturers are getting on board before they’re left behind. On this episode of The Big REthink, Shawn Robinson, senior product manager for process automation at Panasonic, joins host Barry Ross to discuss this digital shift for manufacturers, and how these technologies are impacting factories around the world. They also discuss ways in which factory workers can not only adapt, but thrive, in this changing landscape.
30 minutes | 3 months ago
Order Up: How Digital Tools Are Reshaping the Takeout Experience
In recent years, online ordering, mobile apps and other technologies have made dining faster and more convenient than ever for restaurant customers. And with that convenience comes increased demand – especially amid ongoing safety protocols and social-distancing guidelines. On this episode of The Big REthink, Michael Lavigne, president and CEO of CLEARVIEW - A Panasonic Company, and Che Baird, customer relationship manager at Panasonic Canada, join host Susan Campbell to discuss how technology is helping restaurants keep up, how it’s creating a more personalized experience for customers and what its role is in predicting demand.
31 minutes | 4 months ago
Unlocking Innovation: The Power of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Business
For businesses, data regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion is integral to understanding everything from the way we learn in the workplace to the development of new products. On this episode of The Big REthink, Kurt Merriweather, Vice President of Products and Innovation at The Diversity Movement, joins host Susan Campbell to discuss how companies can use this critical information to create value for their employees and consumers alike. Furthermore, they consider the role that bias plays in our decision-making, and the benefits of embracing a multicultural point of view.
10 minutes | 5 months ago
How Are Sensors Changing Our Everyday Lives?
Once a relatively rare form of technology, sensors are poised to become a $240 billion global market by 2022, thanks to falling costs and their increasingly sophisticated capabilities. On this episode of The Big REthink, Eric Johnsrud, a product engineer at Panasonic Industrial Devices Sales Company of America, joins host Barry Ross to discuss the evolution of sensors, how they’re changing industries from automobiles to mobile communications, and their impact on efficiency in both our professional and personal lives.
19 minutes | 5 months ago
How VR is Helping Combat Social Isolation at Senior Living Facilities
For too many residents of senior living communities, whether they're just moving in and getting adjusted or have been there for years, social isolation is the norm. Prolonged loneliness has a severe impact, not only on emotional wellness, but physical health, too. On the latest episode of The Big REthink, Rendever Cofounder and CEO Kyle Rand joins host Barry Ross to discuss the data on loneliness and health, his personal connection to it, and why he built a virtual reality (VR) company to help. He explains how shared VR experiences – from a trip to Barcelona to visiting a childhood home – not only let seniors explore the world with ease, but also pave the way for closer social bonds and, ultimately, better health for the long term.
27 minutes | 6 months ago
As Consumers Seek Immersive Experiences, Tech Is Key
Thanks to the constant evolution of technology, the way we experience everything from trade shows to museums to shopping has become increasingly immersive. On this episode of The Big REthink, Cameron Uhlig, owner of Camagine Design, joins host Susan Campbell to discuss technology’s role in engaging customers and telling brands’ stories. They also consider the topic of troubleshooting and the challenges of forging human connections in an increasingly virtual world.
10 minutes | 6 months ago
How Do Automation and U.S. Trade Policy Impact Manufacturing Jobs?
Automation technology and U.S. trade policies have long been blamed for the loss of manufacturing jobs in America. But is that enduring narrative based in fact? On this episode of The Big REthink, Panasonic Process Automation Business Head Gustavo Sepulveda shares his take on what actually leads to job cuts - and creation - within America’s manufacturing businesses. Plus, he and host Barry Ross consider the role of supply chains and what manufacturing might look like as some companies with operations abroad move closer to home.
23 minutes | 6 months ago
Remote Work Changed So Much. But What Changes Are Here to Stay?
With much of the workforce continuing to work from home, every facet of office life has been transformed. From daily routines to the tools that teams use to communicate, companies and employees have been adapting en masse to new ways of working. On the latest episode of The Big REthink, Gina Tokar, Vice President of Operations at Panasonic Systems Solutions Company of North America (PSSNA), joins us to share some of the solutions that she has developed to achieve balance while working from home, some tips on how leaders can support their employees through this process, and the potential lasting impact of our pandemic-era approach to work.
18 minutes | 7 months ago
How Android Is Making Inroads Into Enterprise
The Android operating system (OS) has long been synonymous with consumer-facing smartphones. But behind the scenes, developers have been using it to support enterprise businesses in transformative ways. On this episode of The Big REthink, Jim Ward, president and founder of software consulting firm Elite EXTRA, joins host Barry Ross to discuss how Android has become instrumental for creating large-scale, customized solutions. From its hardware-agnostic flexibility to its fluid integration into existing, proprietary software, he shares how the OS is making inroads and supporting businesses in new ways.
28 minutes | 7 months ago
New Technology in Quick-Service Restaurants Is Transforming Customer Experience
As businesses across every sector continue to adopt new protocols and approaches to customer experience, the quick-service restaurant (QSR) industry has been on the frontlines of change. In our latest episode of The Big REthink, Forbes and Restaurant Dive Contributor Alicia Kelso join to share some of the challenges restaurants are facing and the ways they’re using technology in the process. With safety, speed and accuracy among the top priorities for off-premise dining, she describes the tactics, like integrating third-party apps into point of sale systems, that are helping QSRs thrive now and remain nimble for the future.
26 minutes | 8 months ago
A College President on How to Transform Higher Education for a New Era
Amid school closures and the widespread move to remote learning, colleges are racing to find new ways to connect with students. On Episode 31, Dr. Michael John McDonough, president of Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey, shares some of the challenges that he and his faculty have faced and how they’re working to meet them. From hybrid modalities of online and in-person learning to finding new ways to assess students’ coursework mastery, he discusses the opportunity to upend how we think of higher education and how it can be more useful for students, industry and society at large.
17 minutes | 8 months ago
Signature Verification Technology’s Role in the 2020 Election
Starting in 2016, approximately 25% of voters in the U.S. submitted their ballots by mail. This November, that number is expected to jump by 50%, posing major hurdles for counties that have traditionally counted ballots by hand. On this week’s episode, Fred Scherman, National Sales Manager - Scanners at Panasonic, joins host Barry Ross to discuss signature verification technology and how it can create significant efficiencies for election officials amid unprecedented numbers of mail-in ballots and pandemic-driven staffing restrictions. Through scanning both sides of ballots, batch-sorting and enhanced record keeping, Fred shares how the technology can help streamline ballot-counting and support elections in this new context.
33 minutes | 9 months ago
How Restaurants Are Meeting the Challenges of a Market Transformed
The global pandemic has impacted every facet of daily life, but few sectors have been as affected as food service. On the latest episode of The Big REthink, Agnes Sowa, Senior Program Manager at Panasonic Digital Solutions Center, joins host Barry Ross to discuss how some restaurants have adapted despite massive changes to how they do business. She shares one approach that’s allowing kitchens to simultaneously meet the increased demand for takeout and remain attentive to customers who still pick up or dine in person – all while ensuring the maximum safety of guests, staff and delivery workers amid the next normal.
32 minutes | 9 months ago
Preparing for New Workplace Trends & Environments: An Analyst Weighs In
As the definition of a frontline worker has expanded practically overnight and an unprecedented number of people are working from home, companies’ approaches to mobile deployments have had to transform, too. Analysts, who once made predictions four to five years in the future, are now helping companies enable fluid workflows and prepare for what employees might need in monthly increments instead. In today’s episode, Bryan Bassett, Senior Research Analyst for Enterprise Mobility at IDC, joins host Barry Ross to discuss the balancing act between meeting today’s demand for mobility deployments and assessing what work will look like post-pandemic.
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