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Economic Fundamentals Matter Most, but War in Ukraine Poses Risks

Posted by IMEC on Mar 17, 2022 12:47:56 PM

This article is provided by ITR Economics in partnership with IMEC.

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Aligning Domestic Sourcing Efforts with Business Success

Posted by IMEC on Mar 8, 2022 3:51:21 PM

This is an original article from NIST Manufacturing Innovation Blog.

Disruptions in the global supply chain have led to a new dynamic for many small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) – the need to be more strategic about “second sourcing” and reshoring. The biggest increase is in what’s referred to as second sourcing, which adds redundancies such as a second source of a supply to minimize risk while increasing options. But supply chain experts also are seeing an interest in relying long term on domestic supply sources. 

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The Six Words That Will Massively Improve Your Employee Recruitment in 2022

Posted by IMEC on Feb 2, 2022 5:12:00 PM

This is an original article from the NIST Manufacturing Innovation Blog.

Up and down busy streets nationwide, the same six-word banners stand outside in front of hundreds of businesses. Affixed to poles on front lawns or hanging above entrance doors, these inescapable banners, while the numbers may vary, almost always have the same wording:

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Printer Security Tips to Prevent Cyberattacks Against your Business

Posted by IMEC on Jan 28, 2022 8:16:34 AM

This article is written by Webit.

 

Business leaders invest a lot of time and resources into cybersecurity because they understand that protecting sensitive data is a necessity in the digital age. One business component that often gets overlooked are business printers. They are also vulnerable to cyberattacks, so make sure to follow these tips to ensure your company stays protected.

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How to Translate Lean Principles Into Your Office Functions

Posted by IMEC on Jan 25, 2022 11:30:50 AM

An original article from the NIST Manufacturing Innovation Blog.

The lean manufacturing movement came out of a desire to reduce waste and inefficiencies and improve productivity in the operation. Many manufacturers have also benefited from the resulting continuous improvement mindset as engaged employees became empowered to change things for the better.

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A Guide to Implementing Proactive Cybersecurity Measures

Posted by IMEC on Jan 14, 2022 3:13:08 PM

This article is written by Webit.

Running a business has always been a challenge, but the ever-evolving cybersecurity landscape has made it even more so. Every day, newer, more sophisticated cyberthreats emerge, putting businesses at risk of significant data, productivity, and financial losses. Implementing a proactive cybersecurity strategy is an effective way to keep these threats at bay and ensure continuous operations. Here’s how to do it.

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Next Level Leadership Coaching - New Certification Recognition

Posted by IMEC on Jan 12, 2022 2:15:59 PM

IMEC is proud to recognize Stacey Curry Lee, Technical Specialist in Workforce Development, who recently achieved the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Associate Certified Coach (ACC) reinstatement.

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How to Improve Cash Flow in Your Manufacturing Business

Posted by IMEC on Dec 21, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Cash-flow strategies are imperative in manufacturing because the cash-conversion cycle can be quite lengthy. Here are several strategies to consider for your business:

 

Track Your Cash Flow
The only way to know where your cash is going is by monitoring your cash flow biweekly or monthly.

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Supply Chain Risk Management for Small Manufacturing Businesses

Posted by IMEC on Dec 17, 2021 3:10:10 PM

Global supply chain disruptions pose unique, unprecedented problems and opportunities for small manufacturers.

The problems are bigger for small manufacturers than large companies and the worst case is production disruption. At the very least, increasing costs lead to compressed margins or even outright losses; yet opportunities abound. Disruptions make small U.S manufacturers more valuable to big companies that are pivoting to domestic sourcing.

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How Will We Inspire the Next Generation of Manufacturing Leaders?

Posted by IMEC on Dec 9, 2021 12:02:58 PM

The tables have turned.

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