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8/10/2018

You can get more done if you prepare your schedule the night before, tackle one task at a time and debrief at day's end, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. Writing down what you've accomplished "allows you to evaluate your results, determine what's working and what's not, and recalibrate your efforts," she writes.

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8/10/2018

The idea of work-life balance has two camps: Segmentors who want a distinct division between work and life, and integrators who are happy to intermingle those realms, writes Leah Fessler. These identities are not necessarily permanent, and one isn't superior, so what matters most is that managers learn where the tendencies of their employees, Fessler writes.

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8/10/2018

DXP Enterprises reported a profit of $11.5 million in its second fiscal quarter on sales of $311.2 million. Sales were up 24.1% from the year-ago period.

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8/10/2018

Avnet posted a net loss of $156.4 million for fiscal 2018 on revenue of $19.04 billion. The company recorded fourth-quarter net income of $58.62 million on revenue of $5.06 billion.

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8/10/2018

Companies can make the most of their profitability improvement plans by focusing on the most influential factors and by looking outside the organization for comparable benchmarks, Al Bates writes.

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8/10/2018

The US shipped 213 million pounds of scrap plastic during June, almost 25% less than May's total and 32% less than during June 2017, according to data from the Census Bureau.

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Census Bureau
8/10/2018

India's market for used or refurbished goods has grown this year as companies create specific categories for resale goods. "There is a promising customer demand across categories including smartphones, laptops, headphones, watches, small appliances and Kindle e-readers," says Vivek Somareddy of Amazon India.

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Amazon India
8/10/2018

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce plans to implement a 25% tariff on various recovered fibers imported from the US. The tariff applies to nearly $16 billion worth of US exports, including scrap plastics and metals.

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Resource Recycling
8/10/2018

Augmented reality and virtual reality can be used in the field to give customers remote support or to share knowledge about specialized processes, says Mark Brewer of IFS. "In a nutshell, the increased connectivity and more readily available tools improves time to resolution and expedites issues diagnosis without as many on-site resources," he says.

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8/10/2018

Lean concepts don't have to come at the cost of creativity, writes Bob Simoneau of Keene State College in New Hampshire. "On the operational side, modularity, near-net-shape components and look-ahead tooling development can streamline getting products into the market faster and more efficiently," Simoneau writes.

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