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How to Protect Intellectual Property in China

Intellectual property theft has skyrocketed in the past decade, and counterfeiting continues to grow rapidly. Here are some preventative tips learned by those who have gone before. Criminals have become more adept than ever before at exploiting global manufacturing and trade. No brand owner is immune. A January 2008 report from Kroll, a risk consulting company, cites European Union Customs...

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A Modest Proposal: 6 Supply Chain Improvements

There is no silver bullet for the challenges in today's global supply chain. Yet a higher degree of awareness and a prudent approach can go a long way in most areas of the supply chain. Companies are already recognizing the importance of global transformation. A recent Aberdeen Group survey revealed that 80 percent of companies are already transforming their international supply chains and 90...

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How Much Anxiety is Too Much?

Some anxiety is normal - a typical reaction to stress that helps us cope with tense situations. But excessive worrying may be a sign of anxiety disorder. When is it a problem? Financial problems, workplace negativity and deadlines - anxiety emerges from a number of stressful occurrences. And almost everyone experiences it from time to time. That's OK. In fact, a moderate amount of anxiety can be...

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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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Panic at the Pump

With fuel prices remaining at historical highs, truckers are faced with unprecedented challenges. Should the government intervene to bring some relief to truckers and the overall economy? These days, those who ship and distribute for a living are quick to wax nostalgic at the gas pump. And who can blame them? The national average price of retail on-highway diesel climbed 3.4 cents to a new record...

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The Costs of Weight on Business

Epidemic or not, the rate of obesity in the U.S. has skyrocketed in recent decades. Those extra pounds can be as bad for an employer's bottom line as they are for a person's health and waistline. In the last 30 years, the rate of obesity in the United States has more than doubled. In a 1976-1980 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the prevalence of obesity among adults aged 20-74...

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Light Friday: Mother's Day by the Numbers

It's that time of year again, when many of us buy Mom a mixed bouquet in the supermarket and extend an invitation to a mediocre brunch - and maybe even foot the bill - hoping it makes up for the other 364 days of the year when we fail to return her calls. Ungrateful progeny . . . Different countries celebrate Mother's Day on various days of the year because the day has a number of different...

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Airbus to Review A380 Delivery Schedule

Airbus customers are braced for more A380 delays. In a letter to customers this week, Airbus highlighted the challenging production schedule of its A380 and hinted at new delays. Meanwhile, labor unrest continues to jeopardize both Europe's troubled aircraft maker and rival Boeing's efforts to keep current production and delivery schedules. Dubai's Emirates airline, the largest A380 customer with...

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A Brief History of Starting Up in a Down Economy

No doubt, things are gloomy and it's a lot easier to get down about an unstable economy and its job opportunities. Yet, as Inc.com recently pointed out, some of America's iconic companies began and flourished in gloomy times. Here are just a few of Inc.com's thought-provoking examples, altered or paraphrased. (Complete list here) 1873 - A stock market crash, the collapse of a major bank and a...

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