Industry Market Trends

Many Happy Returns for Customers

December 19, 2007

When a customer tries to return a purchase, minimize or eliminate the hassle to ensure he or she returns. It is much smarter to increase the probability that a customer will come back by having a clear and concise return policy. Read More

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Tips for Public Speaking (without the Flop Sweat)

December 18, 2007

There are no less than seven major industry-focused trade shows next month, all of which no doubt will have keynotes and other speeches. That is when the sweaty palms, shaky knees, tight throat, dry mouth, flop sweat and even nausea set in. It's stage fright. Like other learned skills, though, you can nip the fear of public speaking in the bud. Read More

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India Growth Still Tied to Outsourcing

December 17, 2007

Recent news reports indicate India has kicked up its growth yet again through its bilateral trade agreement with China. From both a manufacturing and IT services perspective, there appears to be no end in sight when it comes to growth in India. Yet outsourcing initiatives of other countries still dominate the headlines. Read More

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Tax Tips for Entrepreneurs

December 13, 2007

Taxes are one of the most important issues facing entrepreneurs of small and growing businesses, and the days remaining to put your 2007 finances in order are dwindling quickly. If you haven't already done so, now is the time to take action. Read More

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Steel Pipes, Subsidies, Tariffs and China

December 12, 2007

These are just a few words the U.S. Department of Commerce used last month when it found that the Chinese government has been providing improper subsidies on Chinese circular welded steel pipe exports. In its preliminary determination, the Commerce Department will impose tariffs to level the playing field. Read More

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Chrismukkah: By the Numbers

December 11, 2007

Do you know how many farms currently produce Christmas trees? Or the height of the world's largest dreidel? Or what year the Slinky was patented? Find out these and many more "Chrismukkah" facts. Read More

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2007 Holiday Gift Guide

December 11, 2007

Here is our roundup of novel gift ideas we think would be worth giving to geeks and gadgeteers. Now Target, now Best Buy, now Wal-Mart and Brookstone! On Gap, on small stores, on Sears and eBay! Read More