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Pain and Comfort in the Eurozone

Eurozone factory orders have recently slumped, according to official EU data released today. Yet some comfort can be found in the fact that unemployment continues to fall and that the euro-area economy should avoid a full-blown recession in 2008-2009. Major global concerns continue to depress companies facing a combination of weak market conditions and rising inflationary pressures. Input cost...

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Meetings: Do I Really Have to Look at You?

The time and money spent for business travel does not always result in a high return. With travel costs edging ever higher, another look at virtual meetings could yield significant savings in time and expenses. Considering rising travel expenses such as food bills, hotels and car rentals, business travel costs add up quickly for firms. In its survey of 215 travel buyers last fall, the National...

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Feeling the Heat of Sourcing in Emerging Markets

Public scrutiny due to recalls has made product safety, product quality and environmental standards in emerging markets a hot-button issue. The manufacturers that can move quickly and intelligently to propagate higher standards throughout the supply chain are likely to use them to derive new benefits, says a new Deloitte report. The spate of product recalls over the past year has brought scrutiny...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Consumers Remain Fickle on Economy. . .

. . . Small-Biz Loans Remain Elusive, a Bright Spot for Builders, plus the Latest on Unemployment, Earnings, Retail Sales and MORE. Consumer Confidence Simultaneously Up/Down The Reuters/University of Michigan sentiment index decreased last month to a 26-year low, while its gauge of expectations fell to the lowest level since 1990. The measure of prospects dropped even more this month, sending...

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Light Friday: Help Eliminate Bad Movie Science...

... I, Lawn Mower and MORE. Mad, Evil and Bumbling Scientists? Ugh If movies that blatantly misrepresent science and/or scientists really make you indignant, you're probably familiar with Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics, a Web site devoted to protecting the minds of our children and their ability to master vectors. (Note: Do NOT click through link if you need to get work done today.) For years,...

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How Business Applications Waste Our Time

Enterprise usability issues are most common in big companies, but they're an issue for smaller businesses as well. Are user-inefficient business applications wasting your time? Companies have invested a lot of money and training into improving their business information systems and have added more enterprise applications. Small and midsized businesses (SMBs) spent nearly $195 billion on...

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Devastating China Quake's Economic Ripple Effect

The earthquake that wreaked havoc in China this week has killed nearly 15,000 people and dislocated thousands more, has crumpled roads, destroyed factories and disrupted the power and communication infrastructure in the area. Yet many analysts are predicting the disaster will be a transitory jolt to China's booming economy. The 7.9 magnitude earthquake, which struck to the northwest of Sichuan's...

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The Wizard and the Warrior: Leading with Passion and Power

In The Wizard and the Warrior, two bestselling authors use wizards and warriors as models for leadership. For great leaders, a combined dose of magic and strength can make all the difference, they posit. The Wizard and the Warrior gives leaders the insight and courage they need to take risks on behalf of values they cherish and the people they guide. Great leaders must act both as wizard, calling...

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Tips for a Greener Supply Chain

There's no getting around it: The global supply chain is headed toward a more sustainable and more responsible future. The trick for business is to approach this inevitability as an opportunity rather than an obstacle. As part of the supply chain creating products, you'll want customers to see your product as more friendly to air and water quality than those of competitors. Yet firms can also...

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Managing Spiking Metals Prices

Scarce metals have become so expensive that thieves are literally dying to get their hands on them. To combat the effects of these prices, supply chain managers and purchasers should reassess their risk strategies. In the United States, the cold-rolled-steel sheet and strip index advanced 7.6 percent in March following a 4.2-percent decline in February, says the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics....

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