January Productivity Roundup

[[StatsCan](http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-626-x/11-626-x2011001-eng.htm “”)] You’d be excused for missing it due to the hustle and bustle of the holidays but StatsCan released a very interesting Economic Insight briefing before Christmas. It’s called _Economic Growth in North America: Is Canada Outperforming the United States?_ The briefing breaks down Canada’s productivity performance against the US and digs out some interesting facts.

[[Financial Post](http://opinion.financialpost.com/2011/12/29/william-watson-less-productive-but-richer/ “”)] William Watson, a columnist for the Financial Post reacts to the StatsCan report and makes the somewhat counter-intuitive case that it’s Canada’s lower productivity that has made Canada richer. The column also teases out some interesting analysis of the report. Definitely read this if you’re interested in the report but want it rendered in clearer language.

[[Wall Street Journal](http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2011/12/21/canadas-lesson-to-u-s-be-less-productive-live-better/ “”)] The Real Time Economics blog at the Wall Streett Journal explores the same question raised by the StatsCan report but from an American point of view. It’s an interesting contrast to the Financial Post article and the comments on the story illustrate some interesting American views.

[[Automation](http://www.onlineamd.com/amd1211-machining-titanium.aspx “”)] Do you like robots? Do you think space is neat? You should probably read this story from the magazine Aerospace Manufacture and Design. It’s a highly interesting glimpse into how the Ontarian firm Chicopee Manufacturing gets the job done on hard-to-work with materials like titanium and how they’ve become more productive through automation.

[[Supply Chain Innovation](http://www.scdigest.com/assets/FirstThoughts/10-12-03.php?cid=3973 “”)] Are you a supply chain geek? Well so is Dan Gilmore at Supply Chain Digest. He has compiled a list of the top 10 supply chain innovations. Check it out.

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