In a recent survey of manufacturing executives, the majority said lean initiatives failed to cut costs by 5 percent, the typical minimum threshold for successful productivity programs. Most also admitted that any savings were temporary. Are the benefits of lean still worth the investment?
The Grand Canyon. One of the Seven Wonders of the World. A place millions of people around the world visit every year to see and experience. The grandeur of the rocks, the majesty of the view, the incredible sunsets as the sun sinks below the canyon … it’s as beautiful and majestic a place we have in this country. Read more
Every year, some Industry Market Trends coverage rises to the top. Here’s your chance to catch up on (and discuss) the issues that have mattered most to our readers, from epic science projects and breakthrough materials to on-the-job satisfaction and talent management.
On October 29, a freak early-season snowstorm hit eastern New York and western and parts of central New England, blanketing some areas in as much as two feet of highly unusual pre-Halloween snow. The wet snow coated power lines and trees, many of which still retained their summer foliage, snapping branches and breaking mature trees in half under the weight. Read more
Plus: U.S. Growth Revised Down, Durable Goods Orders Dip and Jobless Claims Inch Up.
Investment in renewable energy projects globally will rise from $195 billion in 2010 to $460 billion in 2030, according to a recent report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. This will require almost $7 trillion in new capital over the next 20 years. (See the executive summary of “Bloomberg New Energy Finance Global Renewable Energy Market Outlook,” Nov. 17, 2011.) Read more
DART is aiming to help project planners, contractors, architects and building owners measure their green performance during a construction, renovation, and demolition project. The Diversion and Recycling Tracking (DART) tool created by Waste Management will also provide documentation to support LEED® certification. Read more