Quick Changes for Business 2011

CNBC POLL: Which Industry is Most Proficient at Fine-Tuning Operations?

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. Just-in-time inventory management, for instance, revolutionized the retail business, while fuel price hedging helped save the airline industry.

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