Business & Industry

Manufacturing Grows at Faster Pace in January

Following strong growth in December, U.S. manufacturing continued to expand in January, growing at its fastest pace in more than six years and marking a promising start to 2011. Although the United States manufacturing sector's growth rate slowed in November 2010, business activity picked up in December and continued to accelerate through January, strengthening the outlook for the manufacturing...

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Energy Servers Power Up the Grid

Like a computer server that manages data and information, an energy server will manage power and electrons. Electrons? An energy server is a power generator that produces electricity at a customer's site. The system designed by Bloom Energy® (Bloom's Energy Server™) consists of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) that function as a battery in storing energy but do not use any corrosive materials...

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Keep Cool: Fighting Anger in the Workplace

Everyone gets frustrated at work from time to time, but an angry outburst at a coworker or superior can be a career-killer. Here we look at ways to control your temper even under the most aggravating circumstances. Even if you're working at your dream job, you're likely to have some bad days every now and then. But whether you are facing conflicts with your coworkers or feeling frustrated with...

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Buyers' Challenges in 2011

In 2011, there will be new challenges and new opportunities for buyers. In this Expert's Corner, Mike Keating tells us what industrial purchasers can expect this year. With economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanding in December for the 17th consecutive month, commodity price hikes are a big concern, according to the Institute of Supply Management's (ISM) latest manufacturing Report...

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Small Business Budgeting 101

At the core of every flourishing business is a sound budgeting strategy, but small firms are vulnerable to setbacks due to limited funding and an unsteady economy. There is no better time to revisit your budget. While clever marketing strategies and dedicated employees go a long way in contributing to a company's success, managers may underestimate the power of an operative business budget....

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How (and Why) to Grade Your Suppliers

Having reliable suppliers is critical for running a successful business. Learn what constitutes a healthy, profitable relationship with your suppliers and how to evaluate them. Maintaining strong and mutually beneficial relationships with suppliers should be a key part of a company's strategic plan, regardless of whether the business is product- or service-based. But even the best supplier...

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Manufacturing Becoming A Bright Spot in U.S. Economy - a Bright Green Spot

If you read The Wall Street Journal or another financial daily, chances are, you'll run across the phrase "bright spot for the economic recovery" fairly often. For electronics manufacturers and retailers, the "bright spots" have been smart phones and tablet computers. For investors public and private, the phenomena that are newer Web services - Google, Facebook, Twitter, Groupon and the like -...

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The Green Manufacturing Expo is on the Move

Traveling to strategic manufacturing areas throughout the U.S. and Canada, the Green Manufacturing Expo presents the full spectrum of sustainable manufacturing solutions for companies determined to remain competitive in today's marketplace. The Expo is designed to bring manufacturers together with sustainable manufacturing resources to update business models and practices in order to deal with...

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Steps to Successful E-Procurement

Top-performing organizations today continue to transform procurement by identifying new ways to manage their e-procurement options, according to a recent Aberdeen Group study. Successful technology management has enabled procurement departments to meet or even exceed established business targets by increasing spend and capturing savings generated through the breakthroughs it provides, according...

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CPO Priority: Value over Cost

Organizations are facing the fallout from a deep economic crisis, so it is not surprising that cost-cutting initiatives remain among the top priorities of chief procurement officers. While many organizations spent 2010 in survival mode, focusing solely on cost reduction, there is an increasing emphasis on strategic initiatives that can enhance the value delivered by procurement. To drive deeper...

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