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The Revenue of the US's Biggest Brands

Last month,  offered five business predictions for 2016 in Forbes. Since he begins with "this coming year may be the most challenging since 2008 to 2010", this sets off warning bells in the minds of many. Michael Evans prediction begins with "2016 holds a lot of challenges for business growth and expansion, and smart CEOs and investors should position themselves for a highly volatile year".: Does this language cause you to pause?

Topics: Infographic Trends Economy Predictions

Free Tickets for Retail's BIG Show in 2016

More than 33,000 retail industry professionals will gather in New York City on January 17 – 20 for Retail’s BIG Show 2016. With more than 540 exhibitors across 220,000 square feet, the EXPO offers solutions for every retail challenge. Retailers walk the EXPO for free. 

Show Hours:

Sun.  1/17, 10-3 PM
Mon. 1/18, 9-5 PM
Tue.  1/19, 9-5 PM

Watch the sneak peek video:

The Retailer EXPO Pass allows retailers, drug and convenience retailers, grocers, visual merchandisers, store designers, CPGs, and private investment firms access to the EXPO Hall during regular EXPO hours, as well as Retail's BIG Show Opening Reception. 

The Small Business Experience Pass allows retailers access to the small business program (which is in the EXPO) and Retail's BIG Show Opening Reception on Sunday, January 17. The pass is also valid for EXPO Hall access during regular EXPO hours on Monday, January 18 and Tuesday, January 19. 

At Retail's BIG Show 2016, you can explore innovative retail technologies, learn about groundbreaking solutions and get updates on solutions needed to run your enterprise.

Click here for more information on the NRF retailer definition. Download the registration form pdf.

Topics: New Products News Event

18 Lean Manufacturing Quotes (#5 is Amazing)

1. “Why not make the work easier and more interesting so that people do not have to sweat?  The Toyota style is not to create results by working hard. It is a system that says there is no limit to people’s creativity.  People don’t go to Toyota to ‘work’ they go there to ‘think’” – Taiichi Ohno

2. “The most dangerous kind of waste is the waste we do not recognize.” – Shigeo Shingo

Shigeo Shingo (新郷 重夫 Shingō Shigeo?, 1909 - 1990),  born in Saga City, Japan, was a Japanese industrial  engineer who is considered as the world’s leading  expert on manufacturing practices  and the Toyota production System.

3. "Many good American companies have respect for individuals, and practice Kaizen and other TPS {Toyota Production System} tools.  But what is important is having all of the elements together as a system.  It must be practiced every day in a very consistent manner–not in spurts–in a concrete way on the shop floor."  - Fujio Cho, President, Toyota Motor Corporatio

Topics: Lean Manufacturing