Snubbed for GE headquarters, Chicago gets 100 tech jobs as consolation

GE Transportation | March 15, 2015

Snubbed for GE headquarters, Chicago gets 100 tech jobs as consolation
GE  which employs around 2,000 workers in the Chicago area — said it will base GE Transportation's new Digital Solutions business at 500 W. Monroe St., where its main transportation business is already headquartered. It will also create 60 jobs in its digital health care business in northwest suburban Barrington.Newly hired software engineers, developers, data scientists, product analysts and project managers will develop systems to help railways run more efficiently and to improve clinical health care services, among other projects, the firm said.In addition to the recent announcement that GE Healthcare would move its headquarters and a handful of top executives from London to the Loop, Monday's news offers a measure of comfort after Boston in January beat out Chicago and around 40 other competitors to snag the 800 jobs that come with the conglomerate's corporate headquarters.

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Chain Reaction Supply chain management can make or break omni-channel retail initiatives Supply chains need to be dynamic and agile to meet omni-channel expectations of customers. But building such a supply chain has its own challenges. Consumer demands from an omni-channel experience Personalization and smart deals Silo-ed and inconsistent flow of information hampering logistics management Quick access to their favorite brands and designs through the channel of their choice Improve brand loyalty and delight customers with an optimized supply chain that delivers Easy shopping, returns and exchange Lack of cross- channel visibility Why omni-channel matters

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