Business & Industry

Chester's Dream: The Genesis of the Modern Photocopier

The photocopier has become such a permanent fixture in the office that it´s often taken for granted. However, today´s sleek, speedy machines are actually the result of decades of invention and refining. The birth of the photocopier began with Chester F. Carlson, a patent office employee with a degree from the California Institute of Technology and a knack for tinkering. During the Great...

Read More »
Business & Industry

Mobile Commerce Revving Its Engine

In the last year and a half, mobile commerce has emerged as a promising platform for both industry and consumers. Where does it currently stand, and where is it headed? This past February, Jupiter Research released a study estimating that 128 million people would be using wireless devices by the end of 2001. Along with this estimate comes predictions that mobile commerce will be the next stage of...

Read More »
Business & Industry

NIST: A Century of Vital Measurements and Standards

Without much fanfare, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has quietly guided the research that has helped shape industry over the last century. Now that the Institute is celebrating 100 years, it's as good a time as any to take a closer look at this "national treasure". The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) observed its 100th birthday this past March and...

Read More »
Business & Industry

Packaging That's Smarter Than You Think

A new breed of packaging promises better security and control over inventory and intellectual property. Several new types of security packaging have been developed that give manufacturers untold leverage over their products physical integrity and an unsurpassed degree of inventory control. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) techniques, security inks, security threads or micro particles, film...

Read More »
Business & Industry

Featured Industry Tradeshows/Seminars/Events

Eyefortransport Las Vegas 2001May 16 - 18, 2001Venetian Hotel & CasinoLas Vegas, NV Eyefortransport is the largest free e-business expo for the freight industry. There are seventy exhibitors with the latest technologies, solutions and advice for driving your e-business initiatives forward. There is also a conference, where the industries leading pioneers who are changing the face of the industry,...

Read More »
Business & Industry

Biometric Technology: Sci-fi Meets e-Biz

The ability to quickly scan and store unique physical information, such as fingerprint patterns, has given rise to proposed applications for use in both expediting and protecting business transactions. One of the most intriguing technologies to become commercially available recently is biometric security – an umbrella term for technology that uses unique physical characteristics as the basis...

Read More »
Business & Industry

Ready or Not, Here Come the New ISO Requirements

The International Organization for Standardization has released its new revisions for ISO certification. Companies now have three years to get their operations in order to meet the new criteria and might have to work a little harder to meet the new standards. On December 15, 2000, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Geneva, Switzerland released the final versions of the...

Read More »
Business & Industry

The Fine Art of Zoneskipping

Zoneskipping is a clever, and perfectly legal, way for companies to save money by utilizing the US Postal Service for the final delivery of their goods. But how much you'll be able to skip may depend on how much you ship. In a nutshell, zoneskipping is the practice of shipping parcels most of the way to their destination by truck, or by air, and then inserting them into the US Postal System...

Read More »
Business & Industry

e-Commerce Outsourcing: Big Advantages for Smaller Businesses

As outsourcing e-business functions becomes a trend, particularly among small to medium-sized companies, it pays to apply project management expertise to the effort. Find out the key points in assessing outsourcing alternatives. A recent survey indicates that 90% of those companies that are currently engaged in e-business initiatives are planning on sustaining or increasing their investments in...

Read More »
Business & Industry

Government & Industry Update

Learn about the repeal of the OSHA Ergonomics Standards, the reasons for its early demise and the telling results of a recent e-commerce study conducted by the Department of Commerce. Earlier this month, both the Senate and the House of Representatives voted to repeal the OSHA Ergonomics Standards approved in the final days of the Clinton administration, and slated for enactment in October 2001....

Read More »