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Apr 11, 2014

Are You Really Different? Lean Flow for Skilled Repair Work

A story about how an aircraft repair facility, made up of many skilled tradesmen, was transformed into an effective lean team....More
Apr 10, 2014

Herding Icebergs

In the workplace and in life, we are all icebergs floating along, pretending the bit of frozen water we can see is all there is and ignoring the mighty blue mountain that glides under the surface....More
Apr 11, 2014

France is Catching On

Statements made by France’s new Prime Minister, Mr. Manuel Valls, about a necessary shift away from the higher taxes and increased government spending of his predecessor bode well for ITR Economics’ forecast for a better economic environment in the latter half of 2015 for the European Union....More
Dec 19, 2012

Will 2016 Be the Make or Break Year for Solar?

No matter how you look at it, 2016 is going to be a watershed year for the solar industry. Four years from now, the 30 percent federal tax credit for solar that has helped the industry grow exponentially will expire, and whether or not there will be anything to replace it is uncertain. But what will the solar market look like in 2016?....More
Mar 13, 2014

Funny, or Die? The President's Satiric Health-Care Pitch

What do you think about the online mock-interview President Obama taped to promote Healthcare.gov and the Affordable Care Act?....More
Mar 27, 2014

The Robots are Coming!

Cyberdyne's debut on the Tokyo Stock Exchange sends a strong message to the industry and to the world: The robots are coming. Heck, they're already here....More
Apr 08, 2014

Segmenting your Supply Chain for a Competitive Advantage

The concept of supply chain segmentation involves the alignment of customer channel demands and supply response capabilities that are optimized to maximize profitability and customer value across multiple market segments....More
Feb 03, 2014

Valuing Plant-floor Production Staff Pays Dividends

How production staff can boost your bottom line. Hint: It takes leadership....More
Apr 12, 2014

Slack in Your Company -- Forget About Lean Management and Quality Systems!

Time to improve your business performance? Think carefully how to do it....More
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