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2008 Growth Opportunities in Government Procurement

Unlike the bleak conditions facing the business and consumer markets, government spending activity at all levels is expected to grow throughout 2008, according to a recent panel of more than 1,400 local, state and educational purchasing officials. Amid the depressing situation for many businesses across a number of markets, recent research indicates big opportunities for many selling to the local...

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The Bottom-Line Costs of a Perfect Storm

Over the next few years, manufacturers of varied sizes could lose millions of dollars from their bottom lines due to looming retirements, according to a new report. Filling the talent void will be expensive, but failing to have an adequate replacement pool will be financially catastrophic. While other nations have prepared to fill manufacturing and engineering jobs between generations seamlessly,...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: GM Sends Big Oil a Dear John Letter while Detroit 3 Slash Sales to Fleets. . .

...U.S. Consumer Sentiment Drops as Consumer Prices and Unemployment Jump, China's Trade Surplus and Inflation Drop while its Producer Prices and Educational Investment Rise - All this and More Came to Light Last Week. Consumer Sentiment Drops The consumer sentiment index in June fell to 56.7 from 59.8 in May, according to the University of Michigan/Reuters reading announced on Friday. Consumer...

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Road Warrior Friday: A Business Travel Guide

While returning from Managing Automation's Progressive Manufacturing Summit early this morning, this IMT blogger was ruminating on how much business travel today has become such an ordeal. Hopefully, the tricks and trends compiled herewith will help our road-warrior readers. In its 2008 U.S. Business Travel Overview & Cost Forecast report, the National Business Travel Association determined that...

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Workforce Disconnects in Las Vegas

Managing Automation's fourth Progressive Manufacturing Summit continues. Disconnects both between workers' skills and companies' needs and between IT and automation teams are among some highlights and insights so far today. But first, one more thing about yesterday's agenda... Due to the huge influx in global sourcing, entirely new classes of supply chain uncertainties in addition to time-honored...

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Manufacturing Contradictions in Las Vegas

Innovation was a key theme at last year's Progressive Manufacturing Summit. So far this week, at Managing Automation's fourth annual summit (in Las Vegas, where I'm writing from), it is the contradiction of innovation investment during an economic downturn that is playing arguably a larger role. I'll be updating this post throughout the day with some key points, trends and insights revealed at...

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9 Bizarre Buildings

From very cool to totally weird, here is a collection of nine unusual houses and bizarre buildings from all around the world. We've written about incredible global constructs, record-breaking skyscrapers, architecturally world-class Olympic and World Cup stadiums, as well as dancing and self-healing buildings. Building is serious business and a no-nonsense task. But it can also be, well, rather...

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Wonders of the World

The recently published Wonders of the World presents a selection of humanity's most remarkable works in the immense and marvelous field of design and construction. The majestic pyramids and temples of Egypt, great monuments of the Greek and Roman worlds, gems of European medieval and Renaissance architecture and extraordinary works designed by acclaimed contemporary masters are just a few of the...

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Mystery Solved? Stonehenge a Burial Site

The mystery of why Stonehenge was built has kept people guessing for millennia. New radiocarbon dating indicates one certainty: the monument stood as giant tombstones to the dead for centuries. Stonehenge, a Neolithic monument constructed on England's Salisbury Plain during the third millennium B.C. and one of the enduring landmarks of prehistoric times, has been one of the greatest mysteries...

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Pay Raise on the Agenda?

For those on the fence about approaching bosses for a raise, fret not. It looks like there is a lot of positive momentum already in your favor. Given the current economic conditions, logic dictates that people who are currently employed are simply happy to be getting a regular paycheck. Not so, according to recent findings that point to employees expecting a pay raise soon and employers expecting...

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