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ISM Launches Knowledge Center Offering

February 19, 2009 5:53 am | Articles | Comments

The latest tool for supply professionals seeking to acquire the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) qualification is here. Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) now offers a CPSM® Bridge Exam Online Review Course through the ISM Knowledge Center.

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Registration RedShift:2009 Now Open

February 19, 2009 5:44 am | Articles | Comments

RedPrairie Corporation announces registration is open for its upcoming user conference, Red Shift :2009, Engineered Evolution. Red Shift , to be held May 11 - 14 at the Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, TX, generates new ideas and information-sharing on how to improve workforce, inventory and transportation operations through product updates, customer-led breakout sessions and various networking opportunities.

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Successful Automation’s Best Kept Secret

January 23, 2009 12:47 pm | by Roy Kok, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Kepware Technologies | Articles | Comments

Sure, the engineer is proud of his HMI and the plant manager pleased with his KPI dashboard and how effectively the plant is running with the implementation of his new MES solution. The historian and analytic solution get all the credit when a plant control crisis is averted. 

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Q&A With Kim Miller Dunn

January 22, 2009 10:05 am | Articles | Comments

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Anomalies Of "Things People"

January 22, 2009 10:05 am | by Mike Collins | Articles | Comments

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Labor Pains

January 22, 2009 10:05 am | by Anna Wells | Articles | Comments

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of welders employed in the U.S. declined an astounding 10 percent from 2000 to 2005—from 594,000 in 2000 to 576,000 in 2005. It may not be the most publicized issue facing American manufacturing, but it's one that every plant manager is well aware of—the shortage of welding professionals in industry is becoming a more major concern, even in an economy rife with layoffs.

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Big 3 Bailout… Now What About The Rest?

January 22, 2009 10:05 am | Blogs | Comments

by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO "It turns out that if you want to strike a nerve with many an IMPO reader, mention the word "bailout."" It turns out that if you want to strike a nerve with many an IMPO reader, mention the word "bailout.

Bigger & Better

January 22, 2009 10:05 am | Articles | Comments

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Doom & Gloom and the "Responsible" Media

January 13, 2009 7:40 am | Blogs | Comments

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Do You Believe Everything You Read?

January 13, 2009 7:38 am | Blogs | Comments

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Big 3 Bail-out: Reader Comments

December 18, 2008 9:25 am | Blogs | Comments

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Right Idea, Wrong Target

December 16, 2008 7:32 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Blogs | Comments

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The Best Of A Bad Situation

December 16, 2008 7:20 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

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QRM For Reducing Lead Times

December 4, 2008 5:08 am | Articles | Comments

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Where Does Your Knowledge Live?

December 4, 2008 5:08 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

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The Communication Foundation

November 24, 2008 6:19 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

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A Logistical Nightmare

November 24, 2008 6:07 am | by David Mantey, Editor, Product Design & Development | Blogs | Comments

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Hunters Vs. Meateaters

November 21, 2008 12:38 pm | Articles | Comments

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LEEDers Of The Pack

November 21, 2008 12:32 pm | by Anna Wells | Articles | Comments

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Leaps Of Faith

November 21, 2008 12:21 pm | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

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