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Two-Dimensional Bar Codes: The Next Link in Supply Chain Management

Many of the functions one-dimensional bar codes serve would be enhanced if they could store greater amounts of data than their current capacity. Ready to take up the slack, two-dimensional bar codes, which can store entire databases, are growing in popularity. For almost three decades, one-dimensional (1-D) bar codes, such as the familiar UPC labels you find on the products in your supermarket,...

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Thixomolding: Fabricating for the 21st Century

A new process for manufacturing plastic and magnesium parts, thixomolding, is rapidly being adopted by a diverse group of industries. Behind its popularity is the array of advantages it offers over more traditional thermoplastic methods. For designers in the automotive, computer and communications industries, thixomolding, a new process for creating material composites, is becoming the...

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The Internet Can Help Suppliers Find the Right Angle

Consultants at the University of Michigan Management Briefing Seminar are advising automakers' suppliers to get on the Internet. Using the Internet as a tool for communication and research will give these suppliers some leverage in the design stage. Thus far, in the e-commerce arena, automakers and their respective suppliers have done their buying and selling mainly through the automakers'...

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The IRS Gears Up to Help

The IRS´ small business unit aims to offer assistance to companies less likely to have in-house lawyers and accountants. Their new small business unit aims to offer assistance to companies less likely to have in-house lawyers and accountants. From Business Week Online: Frontier - The Resource for Entrepreneurshttp://www.businessweek.com/smallbiz/content/oct2000/sb20001002_793.htm

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NAPM Study Forecasts the Future of Purchasing and Supply

A study by the National Association of Purchasing Management forecasts five and ten-year scenarios regarding the future of purchasing and supply. The results paint an optimistic picture for parties seeking facts in the negotiation process and a dire one for negotiators unable to navigate the changes that technological advances have brought to 21st century commerce. In 1998, the National...

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Featured Industry Tradeshows/Events

The world's largest packaging event is just around the corner. PACK EXPO International 2000November 5 – 9McCormick PlaceChicago, IL This biennial conference and exhibition organized by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute is the world's largest annual packaging event with an expected 80,000 attendees and 1,600 exhibitors. The conference program, Solutions 2000, features more than...

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Compliance Labeling - Don't Get Stuck Without It

Compliance labeling allows suppliers to track, verify and receive goods with greater ease. Companies that choose to ignore this logical step risk losing money and business. Labeling can be a challenging process – which is why large consumer supply industries are pushing for a more comprehensive system. This new system, compliance labeling, is being used as a supplement to the Universal Bar...

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Association Point of View: I.D.A. on E-Commerce

Learn what the Industrial Distribution Association is doing to keep its members up to speed on all aspects of business, including e-commerce. In 1988, three North American regional associations merged to form the Industrial Distribution Association (I.D.A.). With locations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico and Asia, the I.D.A. has faithfully remained focused on helping distributors...

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Government Encourages Online Contracting

The Internet is reducing the amount of time, energy and money manufacturers and contractors are spending in accessing and reviewing government specifications. As a result, government contractors are realizing that they can't afford not to be online. The Internet has proved itself an invaluable tool in saving time and effort for manufacturers of all types. These advantages run the gamut from...

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70 Year-Old Industrial Distributor Meets E-Commerce Head On

C.H. Bull Co. experienced the typical misgivings companies have in the face of change, but overcame its fears and confidently embraced what e-commerce has to offer. C.H. Bull Co. is a 70 year-old, family-owned general line industrial distributor based in South San Francisco. Charles H. Bull moved to Northern California from Chicago in 1924 to sell engine parts for the Buda Engine Co. After six...

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