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Monthly job figures cause for optimism Unemployment rate dips to 4.3 percent By Christopher Rugaber Associated Press WASHINGTON — A drop in the unemployment rate to a 16-year low raises a tantalizing question about the job market: How much better can it get? Earlier this year, economists w...

1. Determine What Customers Want Today. Modern technologies can give manufacturers real-time insight into the ways products are moving in retail and online environments. But, patterns today do not necessarily reflect the needs for tomorrow. As a result, manufacturers must be wary of overproductio...

Who Needs Lean Manufacturing? A company in need of lean manufacturing practices tends to be easy to identify, typically displaying multiple of the following symptoms of operational deficiency: •Inventory amasses in buffer stocks. •Work-in-progress (WIPs) queues are jammed. •Information quality...

Worst Country Solving Problems with Technology? The U.S. You would think that the country that has been the world leader in developing technology would be relatively strong in knowing how to use it to solve a problem. But according to a series of tests among adults in 18 industrial nations, the U.S...

How to Handle Bad-Mouthing in the Workplace If you’re fed up with the flood of insults and bad-mouthing coming from the candidates for president this year (“You’re a liar!” “He’s a jerk!” “What a lightweight!”), then you certainly don’t want to deal with it when you go to work. But a workplace...

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