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Meeting the Triple Bottom Line: Profit, People, Planet

It has become obvious that many aspects of future operations, including facilities, will have green components. Here is one company's thinking for transforming entirely to green and lean. The green building movement has become one of the most evident examples of environmental values in business and industry. While the concept of green is anything but new, the word is now being used to promote...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Primary Season Ends, Unemployment Stunner, Exports Keep Us Afloat...

... A Car Quality Surprise, Thousands More European Truckers Protest and King Kong Fights T. Rex. Democratic Slugfest Ends It's been almost one week since Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton's mythic battle (campaigns complete with combat and resurrection, conspiracy theories and new lows in TV journalism!) came to a close last Tuesday. Though it now sounds hackneyed to call the outcome...

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Friday Car-Quality Question: Who's Moving?

Question marks in the headline can mean only one thing: it's time for you to weigh in! In lieu of Light Friday today, and based on some new findings, we're considering anew the better-car-quality question: Asian or American? As the global automotive industry continues to evolve, the used-to-be-Big Three have been under intense competitive pressure from foreign-based firms while enduring high...

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Government Agency Finds Fatal Flaws in Seaport Security

Despite the introduction of new inspection and security procedures, U.S. ports are still vulnerable to terrorist attacks, a recent government report says. Although Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has made progress with its Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), the agency doesn't provide enough oversight of foreign shippers, according to a recent report issued by the Government...

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Fuel Prices Putting Globalization in Reverse?

The world seems to be becoming less flat. Shipping costs between Asia have risen so much that they have eclipsed tariffs as a barrier to global trade, according to a new report that calls the cost of moving goods the largest barrier to global trade today. The impact of rising transportation costs, driven significantly by high oil prices, is already being seen in capital-intensive manufacturing...

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Corporate Marriages Heat Up in Industrial Manufacturing

Deal making in the global industrial manufacturing industry looks set to remain at high levels in the near- and longer-term future, according to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers report. Both deal numbers and values of mergers and acquisitions are increasing, but does all this M&A activity pay? There were more than 4,100 completed mergers and acquisitions (M&A) between 2005 and 2007, according to...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Another Tragic Crane Collapse in NYC...

...Revisiting the Farm Bill, China Quake Danger was Well-Known, 7 percent of GM's Global Workforce Take Buyouts and MORE. Another Deadly Crane Collapse On Friday morning, another construction crane collapsed on New York's Upper East Side, demolishing part of a neighboring apartment building and killing two workers, including the crane's operator, in the city's second fatal crane accident in less...

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Light Friday: Monkey Brains and Golden Fryer Grease...

...Phoenix Lander on Mars and Hope Lost with Lost Balloon. The last time most of us paid any mind to monkey brains was in 1984, when an adventurer/archaeology professor and other guests sat down at Pankot Palace for a dessert of chilled monkey-brain cuisine. Now monkeys' brains are again sparking conversation. In a new report released online, the journal Nature explains how monkeys have recently...

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Domestic Manufacturing Shows Optimistic Signs

Tired of reading about bad news surrounding the U.S. economy and the manufacturing sector? There are signs throughout the country that should restore optimism. Despite rising fuel costs, layoffs and credit fiascos, there are signs of life out there indicating that manufacturing remains strong in the face of some exceptionally challenging market conditions. A new report from Industrial Info...

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Understanding and Coping with Procrastination

Understanding procrastination's root cause can help employees better manage it in the workplace. Consider these procrastination-busting tips to improve your productivity. Experts agree that procrastination is a complex psychological behavior that affects everyone to some degree. Perhaps surprisingly, though, procrastination has very little to do with time management, according to a paper at the...

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