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12 Attributes of a Successful Business Continuity Plan Article
Question: What does a Business Continuity Plan have in common with a parachute?
Answer: When you find out that either doesn't work, it may be too late.
... (more information)
by By Michael J. Corby, CCP, PMP, CISSP

2011 Supply Chain Education Survey Findings Part One Article
ChainLink Research conducted a survey on the current state of supply chain education and needs for 2011. Our research showed the need for less theoretical, more practical education, and other signific... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

2011 Supply Chain Education Survey Findings Part Three Article
How well are today's supply chain education needs being met? Some of the answers from our research may surprise you. ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

2011 Supply Chain Education Survey Findings Part Two Article
We explore what people feel are the priority needs for supply chain education. Supply chain strategy and leadership topped the list, with an emphasis on cross-functional talents. That was followed clo... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

2011 Supply Chain Risk Survey Results: Part One Article
We report the findings of our survey, answering questions such as the level of investments being made in resilience, the scope of responsibility for supply chain organizations, and assessment of how w... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

2011 Supply Chain Risk Survey Results: Part Two Article
Findings from our research on Supply Chain Risk ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

2012 - the Year of Uncertainty: Part One Article
2012 opens with a higher than usual number of 'balls in the air' and dramas at play across the world stage. Although the recovery seems to be taking hold, there are some scary scenarios for how world ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

2012 - the Year of Uncertainty: Part Two Article
How can businesses deal with the uncertainties we face for 2012? We explore a broad array of very concrete strategies and practices for creating adaptable enterprises that can cope with extreme potent... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

A Mid Winter's Nightmare: Economic Notes for the Winter Holiday Season Article
Before you debit or credit yourself in the holiday season, think about the US's current account balance, national debt, and US citizens as the greatest debtor nation in the world.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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Adding Ethics To Engineering Education Article
Editor's Intro: In 1985 a business survey found that engineers were the highest rated professional on ethics. Politicians, lawyers and doctors were the lowest. Now it... (more information)
by Willie D. Jones


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Alibaba and the 100,000 Jobs Article
The claim by Alibaba's CEO that they will create 100,000 jobs in the U.S. could be easily misinterpreted.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

America's Shrinking Innovation Base Article
I guess I am not alone in my concerns for the US manufacturing base. I turned on C-Span and Jerry Jasinowski, President of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), was speaking on the shrinkin... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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APS Implementation Truths Report
After significant negativity in the press, we decided to find out what the true story was -- was APS worth it?... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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Automotive Supply Chain Hits the Road Article
General Motors failed to fix their supply chain in the late '80s. Now GM and taxpayers are paying for it big time. Maybe now they are finally getting it right. ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Barbie's Not American - Vertical vs. Virtual Manufacturing Strategies Article
During this economic transformation that the west (and Japan and Korea) are experiencing, China's experiencing an increase in transfer of manufacturing activities from the West, as well as other Asian... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Big Trends for Business 2013 Article
Forecast and Priorities for 2013. Slowing globalization but increasing IT spend in most sectors, preview of business priorities for 2013, sector-specific technology trends, and much more.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin and Bill McBeath

Building a High-Performance Organization
Results from ChainLink's 2011 Business Priorities Survey - Part Three
Article
What do individual contributors want from their employers in 2011? Good educational programs, opportunities for advancement, more frequent and meaningful communication by management, and an innovative... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath


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Building a High-Performance Organization
Results from ChainLink's 2011 Business Priorities Survey - Part Two
Article
Survey respondents told us that better communications and education are some of the ways they expect to deal with their top personnel concerns. We also look at what they said about their 2011 budgets.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath


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Centralized vs. Local Sourcing and Procurement Governance Models
Part Two
Article
How one major high tech firm uses global commodity management teams to provide centralized sourcing that still meets the needs of various product lines, functions, and geographies.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Centralized vs. Local Sourcing and Procurement Governance Models

Part One
Article
Large or divisionalized companies face the conundrum of how much power and decision-making to give to a centralized sourcing group vs. to the local procurement teams at each division, region, or busin... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Collaboration Frameworks 2011 - On Creating a Global Workspace: Part One Article
Social Networks, Teleconferencing, and anywhere that technology opens new challenges in Collaberation. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Collaboration Frameworks 2011 - On Creating a Global Workspace: Part Two Article
Introduction to Ideas in a Global Work Space. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Contract and Supplier Management Lessons Article
Distilled insights from ChainLink's recent research on managing contracts, supplier performance, and reverse auctions.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Convergence of Physical and Financial Supply Chains: Part Two Article
With the maturing of global trade relationships, Open Accounts are replacing Letters of Credit as the dominant approach to enabling financial transactions between importers and exporters. We explore s... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Cooperation and Competition in Retailer-Supplier Relationships Report
They are the best of friends. They are the worst of enemies. That is the paradox of the retailer-supplier relationship: that on the one hand only by a true, close, strategic partnership can both side... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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Dash7 Alliance - Do Standards Bring Value? Article
Do standards matter? Do they bring value to end-users? Does the market care? And how does something become a standard, anyway...... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Dateline 2025: The China/India Summit Meets to End Poverty in North America Article
Economic and political leaders in Asia met in Pudong this week to discuss stimulus programs due to the continued decline of their markets in the U.S. and Canada and discussed ways to reinvigorate the ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Demand Management Technology Evaluation:
Best Practices and Technology Evaluation
Report
The complexity of business today--working a myriad of partnerships with both the channel side and the transportation partners, as well as dealing with the challenges of fickle and surprising markets-... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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Dynamics of the Retailer-Supplier Relationship Report
In both retail and consumer-product-goods sectors, the gap between winners and losers widens every day. What is it about the winners that makes them more and more successful, extending their lead ever... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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Education: The Key to Continuity and Cohesion in Sourcing and Procurement
Part One
Article
The people in an organization make or break it. A solid education program is one key strategy to sustain supplier relationships and maintain human expertise through periods of organizational flux. ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Education: The Key to Continuity and Cohesion in Sourcing and Procurement
Part Two
Article
P&G's sourcing and procurement training program is a great example for other companies. It builds a common foundation and continuity across a very large, very global organization. ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Emerging Markets - Northeastern University Article
Session at Northeastern brings strategic insights to global markets.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Federal Government Working to Generate Next Generation Manufacturing Base Article
President Obama opened a new battery plant in Holland, Michigan this week. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Foodborne Illness Costs $152B/year. Who Will Pay for Prevention? Article
A recent study estimates the cost from sicknesses due to contaminated food in the U.S. to be $152B/year. Meanwhile, food safety legislation is making its way through congress, containing new guideline... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

From the Editor Editorial
I'm Dreaming of a Debt-Free Christmas...... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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Future Forward Logistics
Creating an Extended Global Enterprise
Report
As enterprises focus on perceived "core functions," more activities are outsourced to third party providers of goods and services. This extended supply chain of manufacturers of products-- from raw ma... (more information)
by Carla Frances Reed


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GAO Report Finds Underperformance of Recovery Act Spending Collection
The sluggish return of jobs during the economic recovery may be due, in part, to the slower-than-expected spending of stimulus money. Most states lag behind in getting started on the local level, and ... (more information)
by Commentary by Bill McBeath

Going Global or Coming Home? Article
China's currency is in the news again as the EU and US try to deal with trade imbalances and their own flagging economies...... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Governance of Federated Business Models Article
In the old vertically integrated business, the CEO articulated the strategy to get the functions in synch. But a virtual business, which consists of many enterprises, does not have a CEO. Instead, it... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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IMF Reports of China Trade Surplus and Other Global Trade Issues Article
Economic recoveries continue, but the imbalance in trade, wealth, and the impact of our economy needs to be addressed. ... (more information)
by By Lucy West

Inflation Low in Europe, China, U.S. and Elsewhere, but with Differing Consequences Article
Inflation rates remain low globally, but with varying impact, depending on each country's current rate of economic growth and other factors. The IMF is urging higher inflation, but this is unlikely t... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Is the Second Decade Based on a Global Ethical Framework? Article
Harvard appoints ethics expert as the new Dean of the Harvard Business School, raising the question - are we finally putting ethics on the business agenda?... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Leave No Farmer Behind
Liberalizing the Global Economies
Article
While the US sports our; 'leave no children behind', which ultimately could impact US competitiveness, by making sure we educate our youth to a 'higher standard', Asia problems are more systemic.... (more information)
by Lucy West


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Lesson Learned on the Inca Trail Article
During the course of my career, I have literally traveled to the far corners of the earth. What still continues to surprise me is the fact that beyond the language and other differences, globalization... (more information)
by Carla Reed


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Managing Supply Risk Part Four - Hedging Strategies: Approaches Article
Learn from one company's strategy and their approaches to hedging. And a discussion of financial instruments for hedging.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Managing Supply Risk Part One - Quantifying and Predicting Supplier Risk Article
How companies ensure continuous affordable supply by measuring supplier risk and anticipating potential supplier problems. Early warning gives companies a much broader range of options to deal with po... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Managing Supply Risk Part Three - Hedging Strategies: Cross-Functional Teams Article
Global dynamics ensure that commodity prices will remain volatile, with huge price spikes, for decades to come. Good hedging strategies are increasingly critical. Cross-functional teams are a great wa... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Managing Supply Risk Part Two - Supplier Business Continuity Article
Do your key suppliers have a working disaster recovery/business continuity plan if one of their plants or critical IT systems goes down? If you don't know, you are inviting disaster.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Managing Your Managed Service Provider Article
Lessons from American Eagle's devastating e-commerce site failure. ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Mobile Healthcare Innovations - Part One Article
At the recent MIT Enterprise Forum, we heard about an open source mobile healthcare platform being used in developing countries, a personal healthcare system that includes mobile and social networking... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Mr. Greenspan, I Think You Are Being A Bit Sanguine Article
Mr. Greenspan, I think, has lived out his luster. Sir Alan, actually. (Knighted by the Queen, you know!) This last committee hearing put the final tarnish on his crown. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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New Chapters in the Evolutionary Journal Article
Recognizing that change is a constant is the first step to survival in this new economy. Identifying the changing nature of business partners - customers, suppliers and service providers - is the seco... (more information)
by Carla Reed


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Next Generation Best Practices in Managing Suppliers
Part 1: The Outcome Economy
Report
This is Part One of a four-part series of reports on the findings from ChainLink research into the next generation of best practices for managing supplier relationships. This research examined hundred... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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Next Generation Best Practices in Managing Suppliers
Part 2: Lean Machine
Report
This is Part Two of a four-part series of reports on the findings from ChainLink research into the next generation of best practices for managing supplier relationships. The research examined hundred... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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Next Generation Best Practices in Managing Suppliers
Part 3: The Inside Job
Report
Changing the Way Your Enterprise Organizes, Learns, and Relates to Suppliers and Partners.

Most sourcing and procurement executives instinctively focus on improving their processes, often usi
... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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Outbound Channel Management
Managing and Expanding Customer-Facing Supply Chain Relationships
Report
Whether it's booking a flight or requesting the status of a flight, or checking the status of an order or placing a new order, the frustration we endure while doing business can become massive. We've ... (more information)
by Laura Faught


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Outcome Sourcing in the Outcome Economy Article
The move to an outcome economy encompasses radical changes in the core elements of commerce. It requires a whole new way of thinking on the part of both buyer and seller - from buying and selling thi... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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Outsourced - The Show - But is it Real Life? Article
Besides denigrating the Indian Culture and the American Culture, this show might be too close to home for both cultures. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Overcoming the Challenges of Moving to Centralized Procurement Article
How one of the worlds largest mining companies, Anglo-American, transformed from a decentralized procurement governance model to a center-led model. Crucially, how they tackled the human, political, a... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Pandemic Preparedness Resources
Tools for Business and Individuals to Proactively and Rationally Prepare for the Pandemic
Article

Phase 1: Leveraging Security & Efficiency in Today's Global Supply Chains Whitepaper
Smart and Secure Tradelanes (SST) is an industry funded supply chain security and efficiency initiative. It was founded on the premise that the considerable gaps in global supply chain security put pr... (more information)
by Smart Secure Tradelanes (SST)


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Privacy Law Leadership in Cyber Legislation Article
David Goldstone, former prosecutor for the Justice Department and now at Goodwin Procter, in a recent speech at Secure World, highlighted the threats, challenges and responsibilities that firms now ha... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Production Planning Technology
Best Practices and technology evaluation
Report
Seeking low-cost labor markets has lead to increased cycle times, transportation costs and uncertainty in supply markets. That means that in order to maintain control and prevent surprises, each compo... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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Red Tape: The Government Grind Map of The Month
Wonder why supply chains move so slow? It's not just the ocean transit times. How about government red tape?... (more information)
by International Networks Archive


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Resilient Supply Chains - The Next Frontier Article
Advances in leaner and faster supply chains have, in many cases, come at the price of increased brittleness. It is time to make supply chains more resilient, and deal with risk more intelligently, to ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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Retail Item-level RFID Tagging: Is the Privacy Threat Real? Article
Recent articles on Walmart's item-level tagging announcement dedicated a lot of print to privacy concerns. Is that the central story?... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

RFID for Maritime Report

This report contains research into current and planned use of RFID in Maritime. In discussion with shippers, carriers, port operators and technology providers, the report covers these areas:
... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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RFID for the Customer Experience
The Next Wave for the Retailer and Consumer
Report

RFID can, if implemented correctly, have a significant impact on retail performance. This report takes a look at what is being done by some early adopters.

This report covers the type of RFID... (more information)
by Laura Faught


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RFID in Clinical Settings
New Dimensions in the Chain of Care
Report
Authorities across the globe recognize the value of sharing patient and remedy data across a network of expert medical practitioners. The concept of "tele-medicine" has been positively received in sev... (more information)
by Carla Frances Reed


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RFID Searches for a Home on the Range Article
While the use of RFID to track livestock is fertile ground for humor, the story in this arena plays out all the issues inherent in any large scale Business Process Improvement (BPI) project but colore... (more information)
by Lonnie Childs

RFID: Finding ROI in X-treme Supply Chain Management Article
The recent RFID Journal Live conference had an interesting new attendee profile: members of the legal community, anxious to learn what was new and valuable in the world of RFID and other auto-identifi... (more information)
by Carla Reed

Risk Management Technology for the Supply Chain
Mini Report
Report
Cyber Security, Compliance, Privacy, Supply Chain, Import Security, Anti-Counterfeiting, Critical Infrastructures and scary threats like fraud and piracy, ID theft, fraudulent checks, skimmers, phishi... (more information)
by By Grackin, West, and the ChainLink Team


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Single Version of the Truth
The Journey to a Unified Supply Chain
Report
The accurate and timely sharing of strategy, planning, and execution information across the end-to-end supply chain has become critical. The elimination of trade barriers, and the move to massive outs... (more information)
by Carla Reed, Bill McBeath, Ann Grackin


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Supply and Command Article
If you read the business press, it's easy to get the impression that the civilian and military worlds are perfectly analogous. In their daily work, CEOs plan "strategies," COOs execute "tactics," and... (more information)
by Ian Garrick Mason


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Supply Chain Economy Article
Long before the Hurricane Katrina crisis, we all have known that we were heading toward an energy crisis. The Labor Department reported an increase in jobs for June and July, but the manufacturing ind... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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Surviving the Upturn: Ensuring Continuity of Supply in Allocated Markets Article
The fabled bubble of the last millennium culminated in leadtimes extending from weeks and months to months and quarters on a broad range of components, component markets going into allocation, and pri... (more information)
by Colin Kessinger


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Terra on a Tear Article
The holy grail of consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies (or any manufacturer, for that matter) is to become more responsive to customer demand while reducing inventory. Learn how new solutions such ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

The Changing Face of the Holiday Season Article
I hate to be a Grinch, but aren't the holidays getting more advance notice each year?... (more information)
by Carla Reed


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The European Union (while we are worrying about China) Article
On 1 May 2004, the European Union expanded to 25 countries and now surpasses the United States as the richest trading block in the world with 453 million people.... (more information)
by Lucy West


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The Future Logistics Enterprise
Roadmap to Transformation
Report
This paper will articulate and validate the Future Logistics Enterprise (FLE) vision and objectives for readers such as industry suppliers and partners, members of Congress, members of other governmen... (more information)


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The Interview: Talking with Terry Vavra and Tim Keiningham, coauthors of Loyalty Myths Article
One of the biggest challenges firms have is creating and sustaining customer loyalty. And for supply chain leaders or brand companies, working through their channel partners to achieve these goals can... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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The Parallax View
New Models for Supply Chain Management
Report
The impetus for this report came from global supply chain managers involved in managing and transforming supply chains who feel that many of the current industry member organizations and publications ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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The State of Supply Chain Education: Less Theory, More Practice Needed
Findings from ChainLink Research Survey on Supply Chain Education Requirements for 2011
Case Study
ChainLink Research recently conducted a survey on the state of supply chain education and needs for 2011. People feel lukewarm about how well we are doing in supply chain education. Are existing suppl... (more information)
by By Bill McBeth


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The Third Opinion Interview
I recently sat down with Saj-nicole Joni, having a truly enlightening conversation about her work, her recent book, and her recent article in Harvard Business Review, on The Third Opinion. The term Th... (more information)
by Saj-nicole Joni


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The Truth About VMI: Revelations and Recommendations Report
The high tech industry has experienced a striking shift from traditional replenishment processes to Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) replenishment for various products during the last decade. This has b... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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U.S. Importers Face Fines and Delays in July
6 Tips to Help Companies Avoid Hardship
Article
After July 1, 2010, the CBP (Customs and Border Patrol) will start issuing significant financial penalties and increasing holds and inspections on shipments not complying with ISF (10+2). This article... (more information)
by By Matt Gersper, contributing author

University Business Collaboration - The Future of Technology? Article
Smart phones, clean energy, energy independence, disruptive technologies, emerging markets, and the economic restructuring of the world - who will be the players in all that? ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Vested Outsourcing - An Interview with Kate Vitasek Article
Once in a while a business book cuts through all the noise and really has something important to say. After decades of 'greed is good' and downsizing and outsourcing, Kate Vitasek and Vested Outsourci... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Walmart Supplier Reliability Article
Walmart Supply Chain performance looked like artwork from The Little Prince, thus their Supplier Reliability program initiative...... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Walmart Takes Over Their Inbound Logistics: Tactical Change or Sea Change? Article
Walmart plans to increasingly take over inbound freight from their suppliers. How will this impact suppliers' cost of doing business and freight management? Will other retailers follow suit?... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Walmart Teams With Suppliers to Buy Raw Materials Article
In its relentless pursuit for additional cost advantage, Walmart is looking to combine its own spend with that of its suppliers. It raises questions of how much control Walmart can exert over their su... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

What's Your Global Market Price? Article
"The United States has nothing to fear from commercial engagement with the rest of the planet."Who said this? Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury of the United States...... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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Where has all the Service gone? Article
After-sales service is increasingly part of the value add - product lifecycle does not end at the retail check-out. Brand loyalty is hard won - product differentiation is in many cases based on percep... (more information)
by Carla Reed


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