Author: Phil Stoten

What’s the SCOOP – That Was February

In my last column, two weeks ago, I shared that Melbourne, the city I currently call home was going into a five day snap lockdown to combat some COVID-19 transmission that had escaped from hotel quarantine. Well, the good news is that five day quarantine seems to have worked and life downunder is pretty much back to what we are calling “covid-normal”.

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What’s the SCOOP – January 2021

Whilst we were wondering if 2021 was going to be more of the same shelter-at-home, zoom meeting, virtual conference, work from home stuff or if mass vaccination would return humanity to some kind of pre-covid normality, the US inaugurated a new President and a new ear started.

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CES Opening Day – What’s the SCOOP?

This year’s CES could scarcely say more about where the world finds itself at the start of 2021. The event, regularly attended by close to 2,000 journalists and 200,000 industry executives and consumers, has gone virtual and today the first keynote, numerous press conferences and the CTA Trends to Watch presentation was viewed online rather than in person on the Las Vegas strip.

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What Manufacturers Want From The Next POTUS

It’s election day in the US next week and the candidates are lining up on many issues, not least this year’s pandemic and the future of the economy. This year, more than ever, supply chains, manufacturing geographies and manufacturing jobs have been hotly debated. Concerns over dependance on China, on supply chain agility and on resilience to disruption have been central in multiple debates.

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