An Updated Primer on WEEE & RoHS, Part 1

This blog discusses the Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directives and how they affect the design, manufacture, marketing, and sales of products sold in the European Community member states and North America. These directives govern the registration, collection, disposal, and recycling of electrical and electronic products produced within…

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Flying the Dysfunctional Skies

I recently had the thrill of two flights, each more than five hours, on an airline where I enjoy no exalted frequent-flyer status. On United Airlines' glad-to-see-ya scale, I rated somewhere between a homeless wino and a bag of snakes. True to my status, I paid too much for too little leg space, paid extra…

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Amazon Invades the Supply Chain

Like the serpentine river from which it got its name, {complink 11480|Amazon.com Inc.} is weaving itself into more segments of the economy. Now it has focused on bringing its cost-reduction powers and pricing visibility into the industrial and manufacturing supply chains. Though it hasn't happened yet, I can imagine a future when equipment vendors may…

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Business Socializing 101

Socializing for businesses is becoming at least as important as it is for individuals. What I refer to as “socializing” is effective usage of the available social media and online tools. In order to make the most of social media, a company must have clear goals. A goal will help you to keep your focus…

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6 Trading Myths Shocker

Get ready to have your bubble busted. Too many economic and business decisions by national political leaders, corporate executives, their suppliers, and their customers are based on unfounded, yet generally accepted and oft-quoted, myths, according to a research company. Some of these myths, alleged by McKinsey Global Institute, a division of research and consulting firm…

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If I Were a Counterfeiter…

If I were to think as a counterfeiter, I would want to exploit every weakness in anti-counterfeiting technologies and also want my illicit products to slip into the supply chain as quietly as possible. Before exploring how a counterfeiter thinks, let's look at the strategies that work and the ones that aren't as effective. In…

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