The FedEx-UPS Duopoly

It gets a lot of supply chain professionals riled up: FedEx and UPS. That is, the duopoly, at least in North America, of the two dominant shippers. The electronics supply chain leans mostly on parcel ground shipping for its parts, and so price increases or capacity issues with the Big Two cause widespread ripples. Just…

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Simple Survival Tips for Low Morale

Dear Ruth, I liked your article about “leaning in,” but I need some advice to help improve employee morale. The people I supervise are working extraordinarily long hours. They are hard-working, honest, but unhappy. For me, as their manager and leader, what advice can you offer? We don’t have extra money for a “fun day”…

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Africa: The New China

Which region promises the greatest expansion? IBM thinks the answer is Africa. It’s not alone among tech companies that are seeking new markets and trainable talent on that continent. While growth tapers off in many more developed regions, Africa offers great potential, particularly as its workforce gains access to education and technology for communication. IBM…

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The Gap Between Politics & Common Sense

MADISON, Wis. — I’m a political aficionado. I follow the vicissitudes and intricacies of politics like baseball fans follow the results, standings, and stats of the Major Leagues. Like any true fan, I linger addictively over the “inside baseball” aspect of politics — the clash of ideologies, unlikely alliances among apparent opponents, the demographics of…

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US Infrastructure Gets Failing Grade

The high-tech industry should be alarmed at the poor state of America’s crumbling infrastructure, especially since high-tech supply chains depend heavily on the nation’s roads, bridges, airports, and ports to transport electronic component parts as well as finished goods such as tablets, smartphones, PCs, notebooks, and HD TVs. Unfortunately, the American Society of Civil Engineers…

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