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Quick Changes 2011

  • Software Keeps Manufacturing Equipment Humming Monday, 5 Dec 2011 | 7:49 AM ET
    AssetPoint's TabWare helps Dogfish Head maintain its bottling and brewing equipment.

    Dogfish Head Craft Brewery not only brews beer, it runs its own in-house bottling operation. But disaster struck during one of its bottling runs.

  • Reaping Big Cost Savings With Reverse Auctions Tuesday, 15 Nov 2011 | 1:08 PM ET

    Companies big and small are embracing the model to gain leverage over  suppliers of all kinds of services, goods and materials.   

  • Physicians Embrace Web-Based Health Solutions Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011 | 9:07 AM ET

    Physicians are embracing Web-based software solutions that are bringing healthcare services into the home.

  • Telecommuting Becomes A Retention Tool Friday, 30 Sep 2011 | 2:53 PM ET

    Companies that allow or encourage their employees to work from home, rather than come to the office, are more interested in maintaining a happy workforce than achieving any direct cost savings.

  • Hedging Helps Smooth Cost Structure Friday, 30 Sep 2011 | 2:52 PM ET

    While derivatives themselves carry risks and financial scandals have tarnished their image, many companies still use futures contracts, swaps, collars, and other hedging instruments to minimize volatility in their cost of doing business.

  • Consultants Find Business Is Better Than The Economy Friday, 30 Sep 2011 | 2:52 PM ET

    As business struggle for profits in a uneven economy, many are turning to outside consultants to stay alive and  boost their bottom lines.

  • Operational efficiency has become a key to a company's success, especially in an age of thin margins, whether it 's cutting costs, streamlining output or responding to an economic shock.

  • Make IT Part of Your Business Strategy Monday, 10 Oct 2011 | 2:22 PM ET

    Information technology is, of course, an integral part of running a business. Too often, however, it’s not an integral part of a company’s strategic goals.

  • New Materials Mean Shifting Production Overseas Tuesday, 18 Oct 2011 | 12:19 PM ET

    For American bicycle makers, the move to carbon fiber materials was a case of re-inventing the frame —not the wheel.

  • Retailers Use Social Media To Fine-Tune Operations Friday, 28 Oct 2011 | 10:23 AM ET
    A man shops at the Abercrombie & Fitch store in the San Francisco Shopping Center in San Francisco, California.

    The ability to monitor consumer tastes gives retailers access to a trove of information that may help them plan product lines and inventory.

  • Quick Changes for Business Friday, 30 Sep 2011 | 3:06 PM ET

    Take our quiz and see how much you know about the operational side of businesses.

  • Turnaround CEOs Wednesday, 30 Nov 2011 | 9:33 AM ET
    Whether it's running a multinational company or a family business, being the CEO requires a special set of skills. The demands are even greater for those taking the helm at a struggling company. A turnaround boss needs to have a clear action plan and goals, a realistic timeline and the support of the company's board and senior managers. Even the best strategy, however, needs to be accompanied by financial results, whether it’s greater market share, larger profits, a higher stock price or prefera

    Whether it's running a multinational company or a family business, being the CEO requires a special set of skills. So which CEOs have succeeded where others have not? FInd out!

  • The 10 Best Books for Business Thursday, 19 Aug 2010 | 11:51 AM ET
    As summer winds down, all of us are trying to squeeze in as much as we can into these last days. So as you put together your list of “must dos” – we’ve got your “‘must read” list. These books are all about leadership. True leaders – those with vision and passion, those who inspire and innovate and those who are able to learn from mistakes made - are currently in short supply. But we believe they’re out there. The books we’ve picked are about those who lead in many unique ways and are found in ma

    As summer winds down, all of us are trying to squeeze in as much as we can into these last days.So as you put together your list of “must dos” – we’ve got your “‘must read” list.

  • CEOs Who Went From Rags to Riches Thursday, 14 Jul 2011 | 4:00 PM ET
    Many of today’s wealthiest and most powerful  chief executives are entirely self-made. They were born into modest circumstances and worked hard for everything they have. Others have come from much more desperate backgrounds, which, thankfully, many of us will never have to know.Many were born into poverty and raised in violent neighborhoods with rampant crime. But thanks to a combination of resourcefulness, ingenuity and a strong work ethic, they managed to transcend their circumstances. Today t

    Who are the American CEOs who went from rags to riches? We've compiled a list.

  • Biggest Businesses Run by College Dropouts Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 3:58 PM ET
    Position: CEO, CarnivalMarket Cap: $19.6 billion Instead of spending four years in college, this chief executive spent time working his way up the chain of command at . Micky Arison, the CEO of Carnival, started in the sales department and was promoted to reservations manager in 1974. He was later promoted to vice president of passenger traffic and just three years later he was named president of the company. Arison helped acquire Holland America Line, Windstar Cruises and Westours, allowing Car

    From computers to cruise lines, these 10 CEOs made it to the top without a college degree and defied the idea that to be successful, you have to have a diploma.

  • World’s Most Popular Business Cities Monday, 15 Aug 2011 | 9:13 PM ET
    A shift in economic growth from the West to emerging markets over the past decade has led to the emergence of new business hubs across the world.Regions such as Asia, the Middle East and South America have seen rapid economic growth, coupled with improved infrastructure, and in some cases, lighter regulation. Multinational organizations have rushed to capitalize on this, increasing the number of people they hire in these countries and setting up new offices in emerging markets. For example, bank

    Here's a look at the top business hubs in the world, based on research by global real estate firm CB Richard Ellis.

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  • Smooth Operators Friday, 30 Sep 2011 | 2:56 PM ET

    Cost-cutting moves can result from inspiration, or the overlooked obvious, but companies have been thriving on them for decades. It may not raise revenue, but it certainly helps the bottom line.

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