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On September 18, 2014, OSHA published its final rule that revises requirements for reporting work-related fatalities and severe injuries. In addition to expanding reporting requirements, the revised OSHA rule modifies the list of employers that must routinely keep records of work-related injuries. These updates, which are outlined below, will take effect on January 1, 2015. […]

For a long time, the general mantra was “you can’t cut your way to growth”. The belief has been that if you use cost-cutting as a mechanism for growth, you can kiss survival good-bye. That seems to be changing. In their report “Cost-Improvement Practices and Trends in the Fortune 1000“, Deloitte investigates this possibility. The […]

E-Guide: Manage the Accelerating Rate of Change in a Volatile Environment

In just four months, through Lean Six Sigma strategies, your company can reduce waste, increase profits and improve efficiency! These strategies are able to improve the bottom line and are offered through: Management coaching Quality management systems Supplier management improvement Often, your internal resources are too busy working on tactical or day-to-day activities to realize […]

Do you know that you can miss out on opportunities if you are not ISO certified? Obtaining ISO Certification provides you and others with an assurance that you have met specific requirements for standardization and quality assurance.

Risk management is like insurance: You often don’t think you need it, but when you do, you’re really happy to have it.

That’s especially true today for the supply chain, which is being increasingly called upon to help companies expand into new and unfamiliar areas in search of growth. When part of a complex, global business, a supply chain can be vulnerable to a host of risks, ranging from merely annoying to catastrophic. That’s why it’s critical to realistically identify, prioritize and mitigate risks to your supply chain operations to ensure your company is as prepared as possible to address the unexpected.

Here’s a problem faced by many small-to-medium-sized polymer enterprises (SMEs) – How to ship a less-than-a-truckload (LTL) lot for a reasonable cost. Many such SMEs approach shippers and ask for a discount. Usually, they get a reduction from the standard quote, and it might even be as high as 70 percent. While this sounds good, for smaller producers and manufacturers, even that shipping rate could be a rather pricey item.

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