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Jan 10, 2011

Robots Save and Create Mfg Jobs

The conventional wisdom holds that robots ultimately cost the jobs of the human beings they replace, and lead to an overall decline in manufacturing....More
Jan 01, 2011

$5 a gallon gas! $9 a gallon water?

The former CEO of Shell turned some heads recently when he predicted that gas would be over $5 a gallon by 2012. Many analysts have predicted that $4....More
Dec 19, 2010

The Joy of Waiting in Line

As a regular traveler, I find myself standing in a lot of lines- or queues- as the rest of the world calls them. When I was a younger man, I would....More
Dec 11, 2010

Innovation in China

Human progress most often stems from dissatisfaction; when individuals or groups of people decide to challenge the status quo. When a series of....More
Dec 04, 2010

An Independent Christmas

Deep down, we all know that "buying American" makes a far greater impact on the economy than the purchase of foreign-made goods. Equally important is....More
Nov 28, 2010

The Power of American Things

Sometime during 2011, we will see China pass the U.S. as the world’s leading manufacturer. This will be touted as the end to a 110-year streak of....More
Nov 13, 2010

Airport Security is Killing Us!

The most recent round of al-qaeda attacks using bombs disguised as toner cartridges reminds us that the frontline of the fight with global terrorists....More
Nov 11, 2010

Wal-Mart Getting Stronger - Again

In a move to further strengthen its grip on much of the American consumer market- and the global economy- Wal-Mart has announced that it will now....More
Nov 10, 2010

Just How Big Are India and China?

Traveling to the world's two most populous countries can be an unforgettable experience. The scope and magnitude of the sheer humanity there can....More
Oct 30, 2010

Terrorists and the Supply Chain

The most recent attempt by terrorists to use the assets of the supply chain to achieve their ends should serve to remind us of this fundamental....More
Oct 23, 2010

Some CEOs Never Learn

Here's an example of insanity rearing its ugly head again after the replication of the same mistake while anticipating a varied outcome: Jones Soda....More
Oct 20, 2010

Jet Blue Flight Attendant Sends Us a Message

The flight attendant who "lost it"; dropped f-bombs; and, chugged a beer on his way off a flight- via the emergency exit chute- plead guilty to one....More
Oct 13, 2010

Wal-Mart to Increase Buying Clout

A recent article in Business Week details how Wal-Mart is hoping to increase its profitability not through increased store sales but through supplier....More
Oct 10, 2010

Two Harrowing Anniversaries

October 10, 2010 marks the 77th anniversary of the first bombing of a commercial airliner. Last week, the world observed the ninth anniversary to the....More
Sep 30, 2010

The Outsourcing Illusion

The timid death of the "Anti-Outsourcing Bill" in the U.S. Senate this week reminds us of the complete lack of comprehension by so many when it comes....More
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