Industry Trends: Business & Industry

Business & Industry

Energy Efficiency's Role in a Recession

Recent findings outline the energy management priorities, practices and investment plans among decision makers responsible for managing commercial buildings and their energy use. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that world energy use will jump nearly 50 percent over the next 25 years. According to a report published by the statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy...

Read More »
Business & Industry

An Idea So Crazy it Might Work: Tips for Disruptive Thinking

Stepping sideways to see things from another angle often leads to breakthrough thinking, which in turn creates new markets and topples traditional ones. Innovation is a top strategic priority for a large majority of companies today. As such, creativity - arguably the driving force behind successful innovation - is increasingly gaining recognition as the new capital in uncertain and challenging...

Read More »
Business & Industry

Q&A: futurethink's Lisa Bodell on Innovation

Innovation is becoming the bellwether for success among many industries. From cultural leadership to practical, cost-conscious strategies, futurethink's Lisa Bodell answers the persistent questions about innovation in a recession. Innovation is once again a top strategic priority for the majority of companies in 2010, according to a mid-April report by The Boston Consulting Group. The report,...

Read More »
Business & Industry

7 (Supposedly) Impossible Scientific Achievements

A human being stepped foot on another heavenly body and, at the touch of a button, virtually any piece of information is available. The following seven scientific achievements, previously thought impossible, have transformed our lives. There is the old myth about the turn-of-the-century patent official: "I am retiring," the unnamed official is claimed to have said, "because there is nothing left...

Read More »
Business & Industry

The Deviant's Advantage

In The Deviant's Advantage, authors Ryan Mathews and Watts Wacker examine the power of innovative and unusual thinking, showing how fringe ideas in a wide range of fields have led to incredible mainstream success. FROM THE PUBLISHER Don't consider yourself deviant? Well, that just may be a career breaker. Deviance is nothing more than a marked separation from the norm and is the source of...

Read More »
Business & Industry

Is Carbon Emissions Tax a Breakthrough or a Backbreaker?

As we begin to slowly but surely wean ourselves off of oil and other so called dirty sources of energy, one has to wonder if a new breakthrough in carbon emissions technology is the right way forward. At its core, the tech aims to track real time carbon emissions output from different types of power plants thus providing accurate data for governments to enact proper carbon tax laws. But do we...

Read More »
Business & Industry

Fringe Benefits: Unique Employee Perks

As businesses continue to focus on keeping costs low, offering non-traditional perks is becoming a more popular way to reward workers without overrunning budgets. With the job market still struggling to stabilize, many employees have been forced to sacrifice some of the benefits they've grown accustomed to in order to keep their jobs. As companies remain focused on managing costs, particularly...

Read More »
Business & Industry

Tastier Cakes From a Green Bakery

Tasty Baking Company, makers of the Tastykake® snack line, announced that the transition of all their production lines to its new, state-of-the-art, LEED registered bakery at the Philadelphia Navy Yard is complete. According to their news release, the 345,000 square foot manufacturing and distribution facility is the largest LEED-registered bakery in the world. The new bakery features...

Read More »
Business & Industry

Sustainable Packaging Coalition Releases Compostable Packaging Survey

Compostable packaging seems to be a logical step for manufacturers in this environmentally conscious age.  But, if compost facilities won't take in compostable packaging, all that effort is wasted. To find out what is really going on in the composting industry, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) has released a report summarizing survey results of the SPC's Industrial Composter Survey...

Read More »
Business & Industry

Light Friday: What Your E-mail Signoff Says about You

Plus: How Trademark Law Works, Interactive LED Sculpture and Kids Re-enacting the American Revolution. Porky Parody The National Pork Board is upset that ThinkGeek is marketing its "Canned Unicorn Meat" using a slogan that slightly resembles theirs. The 12-page cease-and-desist letter, written as if unicorn meat really exists, claims the online retailer of all thinks geeky (and an annual producer...

Read More »

All Topics