Industry Market Trends

Good Tidings and the Gift of Quiet

December 21, 2006

This will be our last pre-holiday post, until we return mid-next week. From the IMT blog, we wish our dear readers a Merry Christmas or Happy Hannukah or Late-Winter-Solstice-in-the-Northern-Hemisphere Celebration (i.e., cheer for whichever holiday you intend to celebrate during your day(s) away from work). Happy Holidays!** Read More

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5 Tax Tips to Save the New Year

December 20, 2006

Holidays are usually fun. Usually. They may not be as fun if you're an entrepreneur or small-business owner who has yet to finalize year-end tax strategies. Hopefully, we can help to make your tax burden less, er, burdensome. Just make sure to get your accounts set before New Year's Eve. Read More

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UAW's Full Plate and Drastic Action

December 19, 2006

The U.S. labor movement already has gone through major changes in recent years, not the least of which is a dramatic decline in union membership. Now, as buyouts, plant closings and unmet agreements continue, so too do talk of union mergers and other drastic actions, particularly for the United Auto Workers. Read More

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Rise, R&D, Rise: Tax Credit Resurrected

December 14, 2006

Last week we touched on the significance of whether the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate would extend a research and development tax credit during the final days of the lame duck session. Well, the extension was approved. Here's what it means for U.S. competitiveness. Read More

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Corrugated Holds Stiff Under Pressure

December 13, 2006

In a sort of postscript to yesterday's IMT e-newsletter on the packaging industry and the holiday season, today corrugated gets some face time. Here we unload some stats of the flattening paperboard box market, as well as some designs and technologies that may help drive corrugated improvement. Read More

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10 Tips: Find Capacity When None Exists

December 12, 2006

As shippers everywhere face capacity challenges that are likely to stay for a while, they need to plan ahead, writes Deborah Catalano Ruriani at Inbound Logistics. Here she offers 10 tips on finding capacity, prescribed by two guys who should know. Read More

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H-1B Visas

December 12, 2006

There's an ongoing debate in the engineering community about the value and effects of the H-1B visa program, with opinions running the gamut from enthusiastic support to strident condemnation, writes John Donovan, editor-in-chief of Portable Design. Here Donovan picks apart the payoff. Read More