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    Cultivating a Brand with Rising Prices for Creative Services

    Cultivating a Brand with Rising Prices for Creative Services

    Branding is one of the most important ways to maintain a competitive advantage as a business. According to a report from the Corporate Executive Board and Motista, 79.0% of consumers would consider purchasing a brand with which they felt a high brand connection, compared to only 15.0% of consumers with no brand connection. It is […]

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    M&A in the Trucking Market: Should Buyers be Concerned?

    M&A in the Trucking Market: Should Buyers be Concerned?

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LOS ANGELES—August 26, 2015—It’s official: the transportation and logistics industry is a hotbed of mergers and acquisitions.  Major transportation company FedEx is currently in the process of finalizing its most recent deal to buy European delivery company TNT. The $4.8 billion TNT acquisition marks the shipping giant’s second major acquisition of the […]

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    Buying Strategies in the Face of Volatility

    Buying Strategies in the Face of Volatility

    Hearing the phrase “price volatility” can make any procurement professional feel uneasy. Volatility in the prices of products and services that companies use can lead to supply disruptions, as well as complicate price negotiations and the purchasing process. Moreover, price volatility is not native to any one industry but, rather, is found in a variety […]

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    Helping Government Agencies Prioritize Cyber Security Purchases

    Helping Government Agencies Prioritize Cyber Security Purchases

    Several high-profile data breaches during the past few years have brought the importance of data and network security to many online organizations’ attention, particularly government agencies. In early July, Katherine Archuleta, the director of the US Office of Personnel Management, resigned from her post after two data breaches surfaced that together compromised the personal information […]

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    Renting Vs. Buying: Factors to Consider When Sourcing Equipment and Machinery

    Renting Vs. Buying: Factors to Consider When Sourcing Equipment and Machinery

    As originally published in Construction Executive’s Managing Your Business As the economy bounces back from the recession, construction activity has picked up again and more construction firms have entered the market. Thanks to this increased activity, demand and prices for construction equipment have been rising, increasing contractors’ operating costs. Because contractors incorporate labor, machinery and […]

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    IBISWorld Sector Analysis: Manufacturing

    The demise of American manufacturing has become a familiar headline. Technological change, deregulation, outsourcing and increasingly competitive foreign producers all continue to do their part in hollowing out the US industrial base. For instance, over the 10-year period to 2015, manufacturing’s share of the US economy (as measured by value added*) is expected to fall from […]