Business & Industry

Monitors vs. Blackboards: The Case for E-Training

Companies such as IBM have started using interactive online courses to train their employees. This approach is looking increasingly attractive for a host of reasons--significant cost savings being one of them. As any capable manager knows, teaching employees new skills is critical to a smoothly run business. Having said that, however, the traditional route of classroom instruction runs the risk...

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Legacy Systems: Integrate Them Sooner Rather Than Later

In the rush to get online, many companies have put off integrating their legacy systems. Now that customers and suppliers are demanding access to more data, getting the incompatible systems to communicate with one another has become top priority. Amidst the shakeout of the dot com startups, brick-and-mortar businesses are finding that decades of gathering data have given them a competitive edge....

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All the World's a Stage: Marketing Your Online Business Globally

If you're thinking of selling your products or services abroad, be sure to look into three recommended areas of market research before "going global". Should online businesses consider marketing their products globally? If so, what factors should a company consider first? There are some basic strategies a company can implement to most effectively market their products overseas. The first thing to...

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MRO Purchasing Goes Electronic

As industries become e-commerce enabled, the purchasing of MRO supplies is slowly, but surely, making the jump online. Recent studies have found that many MRO buyers remain squeamish about putting acquisitions for suppliers online. Smart MRO buyers don't just go online and make a purchase at the drop of a hat. It is a thought-intensive process with challenges and unexpected turns along the way....

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Total Productive Maintenance: Increasing Equipment Effectiveness

Conducted on a regular basis, TPM can potentially transform equipment maintenance across industry and there are six key elements behind this proven strategy. Ask the average plant floor worker what they think about Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), and they might tell you it's a set of rules that can better be summed up by the concepts of operator-performed maintenance or autonomous...

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ASMMA & IDA Survey the Future of E-Commerce

The American Supply & Machinery Manufacturer's Association (ASMMA) and the Industrial Distribution Association (I.D.A.) have published the results of a study regarding their members' Internet usage. During the past year, the American Supply & Machinery Manufacturer's Association (ASMMA) and the Industrial Distribution Association (I.D.A.) surveyed their member companies with the intent of...

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Finding the Customer Balance for Your Business

Experts agree that a 40-60 ratio of new customers to repeat orders is ideal. If the new-biz level drops too low, watch out! Experts agree that a 40-60 ratio of new customers to repeat orders is ideal. If the new-biz level drops too low, watch out! From Business Week Online: Frontier - The Resource for Entrepreneurs http://www.businessweek.com/smallbiz/content/jan2001/sb20010111_903.htm

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Industrial Equipment Rental Gets a New Lease on Life

For many businesses, industrial equipment leasing is becoming a popular alternative to purchasing. Due to a combination of factors, the industrial equipment rental industry is experiencing an unprecedented boom. According to a recent survey by the Equipment Leasing Association (ELA), the leasing of industrial equipment makes up more than 11% of the general equipment leasing industry. In the words...

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Featured Industry Tradeshows/Seminars/Events

There´s no shortage of plant engineering and maintenance events in 2001. Check out which ones are headed your way. Professional Trade Shows Inc.Plant Engineering & Maintenance ShowsFebruary 7-8, 2001Anaheim Convention CenterAnaheim, CA February 14-15, 2001Palmetto Exposition CenterGreenville, SC Building & Facilities Maintenance ShowsFebruary 21-22, 2001Hawaii Convention CenterHonolulu, HI...

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Building a Hacker-Proof Web Site

In the Information Age, the unprotected web site is the equivalent of leaving your keys in the front door. There are some basic security measures online businesses can take to secure their site. To many, the phrase "network security" has become something of an oxymoron. Far from feeling secure about their networks, many online merchants are in a state of confusion. On the one hand, they are...

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