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Amazon Takes a Big Step Toward Finally Making Its Own Deliveries
September 29, 2014

This past Christmas, when delivery delays left many Santas empty-handed, Amazon’s biggest vulnerability was exposed: It doesn’t control the last, most important step.

Amazon is brilliant at getting orders out its own doors, but with rare exceptions, it relies on third parties—mainly UPS and FedEx—to get those orders onto the doorsteps of customers. Over the past year, however, Amazon has been quietly building out its own capacity to do more of what the big carriers do—a logistics upgrade that takes the company one step closer to taking over the entire delivery process for itself.

U.S. Second-quarter Growth Revised up to Brisk 4.6 Percent Pace
September 26, 2014

The U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace in two and a half years in the second quarter and activity was broad-based, in a bullish signal for the remainder of the year. The Commerce Department on Friday raised its estimate of gross domestic product to show the economy expanded at a 4.6 percent annual rate. The best performance since the fourth quarter of 2011 reflected a faster pace of business spending and sturdier export growth than previously estimated.

5 Things Managers Should Never Say Aloud
September 26, 2014

In a perfect world, supervisors would be cool under pressure and the perfect source of inspiration—and always say the right thing at exactly the right time.

But if you're in that type of role, you know that in reality, that usually doesn't happen. Management is chaotic. People—employees, managers, customers, and everyone in between—are unpredictable, situations escalate, and in the heat of the moment, it's easy to let something not so appropriate slip out, without even realizing it.

As a supervisor myself, I had plenty of those moments. 

Customers are Better Strategists Than Managers
September 26, 2014

I was once appointed CEO of a company in need of a turnaround. We made trusses and frames for houses, and one morning, after I’d been on the job about three months, I found myself staring out my window, watching the trucks and forklifts below. I thought: What am I doing here? Can I, on the fingers of one hand, list the ingredients of success in this industry?

CPSC Approves Ban of High-powered Magnet Sets
September 25, 2014

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted 4-0 yesterday to ban high-powered magnet sets, like Buckyballs, which went out of business in 2012. One commissioner was not present for the vote.

Label Traxx Hires Two New Employees for Overseas Customer Base
September 25, 2014

Label Traxx, Milwaukee, Wis., has appointed two employees to meet needs of its growing customer bases in Latin America and Europe. Debbie Marx will work out of the company's headquarters to meet sales and service capabilities in Latin America.

Penn Emblem Expands Creative Team
September 25, 2014

Philadelphia-based Penn Emblem Co. hired Eric Garced as a new graphic designer. Garced began as an intern and Penn Emblem hired him upon his completion of his bachelor's degree in fine arts and design at West Chester University. Garced also is a freelance tattoo artist, which brings a new perspective to the team.