Industry Market Trends

Keeping Innovation Alive in the Family Business

September 25, 2014

There are challenges in every business, but family businesses tend to suffer harder when there are obstacles and especially conflict. Family businesses must turn the "familiarity mindset" into an advantage. Combining this familiarity with a culture of innovation can accelerate new ideas and ways of doing things to keep the business flourishing. Read More

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State of Packaging and Opportunities in Carbonated Soft Drinks

September 24, 2014

With trends toward healthier beverages threatening the growth of carbonated soft drinks, finding new and innovative ways to get consumers to buy through packaging stimuli will be a key focus for packaging manufacturers and brand owners. However, cost will still be the key ingredient to any new packaging feasibility. Read More

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Why Risk Is Critical to Quality Management: 3 Functional Ways

September 23, 2014

When an operational risk management framework is embedded into quality management systems, the two begin to feed each other information that mutually improves both of these functions internally and in the supply chain. Read More

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Editor's Note: Holding the Charge

September 23, 2014

After a few years, electric vehicles have made a lot of progress, but they still have a mountain to climb against gasoline cars. Still in the single digits in market share of all vehicles, a lot more needs to happen technologically before EVs can play in the big leagues. Read More

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10 Simple Warehouse Safety Hacks

September 18, 2014

Safety measures not only ensure operations such as warehousing are compliant with federal workplace laws, they engender better worker ergonomics, productivity, and less strain and fatigue. Here are inexpensive, quick-hit ways to ramp up warehouse safety. Read More

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Product Data Management 101: Eliminating Wasted Time

September 17, 2014

One of the biggest enterprise time-wasters is the administration of CAD file information, including printing, sending, and version tracking of files. Product data management can automate or simplify most of these tasks demanded by cross-functional departments. Cloud-based PDM now enables companies to get started, scale up, or scale down cost effectively.
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Editor's Note: No Firm Left Behind

September 16, 2014

The economy is growing at a steady if not spectacular pace, supported by a solid manufacturing sector. But the economist of a business trade group says Washington policies are creating an unamenable business climate for small firms. This week, we might see federal policymakers providing some temporary help. Read More