Business & Industry

Chester's Dream: The Genesis of the Modern Photocopier

The photocopier has become such a permanent fixture in the office that it's often taken for granted. However, today's sleek, speedy machines are actually the result of decades of invention and refining. The birth of the photocopier began with Chester F. Carlson, a patent office employee with a degree from the California Institute of Technology and a knack for tinkering. During the Great...

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It Takes Two to Tango: Online Procurement Stalls for Timid Partners

Many of those awaiting the full-scale adoption of B2B e-commerce are asking, Why is it taking so long? A recent study suggests why buyers are slow to buy online. For those following the progress of business-to-business e-commerce, a recent study by Jupiter Research has revealed some telling results. Entitled Getting Procurement Agents to Buy Online , the study is the first of its kind to focus on...

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Engineers Find New Ways to Speed Product Design, Improve Drawing Accuracy

Like everyone else in the business world, product designers are working under tight deadlines, with relentless pressure to get the job done fast, and get it done right. Thousands of professionals are turning to CD parts libraries to find predrawn components they can incorporate directly into their designs. Productivity. It's more than a buzzword in today's business world. Maximizing productivity...

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The Ergonomic Office Environment

There are a surprising number of ways that an office can be customized to meet its workers ergonomic concerns. But, before you start ordering new desks and chairs, be sure to run down this brief checklist of ergonomic measures to see which alternatives best apply. With the debate over the Ergonomic Standards proposed by OSHA still hanging in the air, the business world has begun to reassess the...

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Packaging That's Smarter Than You Think

A new breed of packaging promises better security and control over inventory and intellectual property. Several new types of security packaging have been developed that give manufacturers untold leverage over their products physical integrity and an unsurpassed degree of inventory control. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) techniques, security inks, security threads or micro particles, film...

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EDI: Down, But Out?

Electronic Data Interchange was an early shot fired in the e-commerce revolution. With the advent of the Internet and a host of web-based applications unveiled at every turn, are EDI's days numbered? Before the e-business frenzy, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) served manufacturers and their suppliers just fine for over two decades. Now, in the age of competitive data formats such as Extensive...

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Featured Industry Tradeshows/Seminars/Events

Eyefortransport Las Vegas 2001May 16 - 18, 2001Venetian Hotel & CasinoLas Vegas, NV Eyefortransport is the largest free e-business expo for the freight industry. There are seventy exhibitors with the latest technologies, solutions and advice for driving your e-business initiatives forward. There is also a conference, where the industries leading pioneers who are changing the face of the industry,...

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Survey Compares US Airport Warehouse Rental Costs

The distance between a company's warehouse and the nearest airport is key to on-time delivery of goods, especially in the Internet age. However, distribution efficiency often forces a choice between accessibility and high-storage costs. The emergence of the Internet as a means of commerce has brought with it the increased pressure of shipping goods more rapidly. To remain competitive,...

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Space Age Solutions for Today's Transportation Woes

Increasingly burdensome highway congestion threatens to further slow industry's ability to move product. Researchers looking into expanding development of relatively new technology for building Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) are hoping to ease the gridlock. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has estimated that a collective five billion hours per year are lost as trucks and...

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Ready or Not, Here Come the New ISO Requirements

The International Organization for Standardization has released its new revisions for ISO certification. Companies now have three years to get their operations in order to meet the new criteria and might have to work a little harder to meet the new standards. On December 15, 2000, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Geneva, Switzerland released the final versions of the...

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