Industry Market Trends

When CSR Battles the Bottom Line, the Bottom Line Wins

October 16, 2013

For several years now we've been hearing about American businesses rushing to embrace sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Hardly a day goes by that some manufacturer isn't touting its latest socially responsible act, whether it's donating money to charity, building a greener factory, or giving away products to the poor. Tucked inside most of these altruistic stories is the implied or sometimes bluntly stated message that CSR is good for business, good for the bottom line, and good for the shareholders. It may seem heretical and counter to what businesses  and the public have been told, but recent reports have shown that maybe the motives of CSR aren't always pure. Moreover, it turns out that misguided CSR can be disastrous for businesses and their bottom lines. Read More

Industry Market Trends

Manual Labor Poses Hurdle for Packaging Equipment Industry in Developing World

October 16, 2013

Worldwide demand for packaging equipment is expected to escalate in emerging markets. However, the market for end-of-line machinery will likely be softened by the abundance of manual labor.  Read More