Archive for December 4th, 2012

How can companies develop their brightest young talent and prepare them to be successful leaders? In Part 2 of our two-part series on mentorships, we look at what starting a corporate mentorship program entails. Read more

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The U.S. manufacturing sector contracted in November, dropping to a three-year low as factories cut back on hiring and investment in the face of deepening concerns about the upcoming fiscal cliff. Read more


Sustainability has been a topic of much discussion in manufacturing circles in the last few years, with disciplines like zero waste to landfill and closed-loop systems being mulled if not practiced. Closed-loop resource planning, also known as closed-loop manufacturing resource planning (CLMRP), is a model built on the presumption of returned or recycled products as part of the supply chain. With no new raw materials entering, the life cycle resembles a continuous loop.

Part of a broader movement that is often referred to as the “circular economy,” CLMRP is a concept promising a wide range of benefits, from cost savings to greener and cleaner operations to regulations compliance to alleviating raw materials shortages. Read more

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