Monthly Archives: September 2012

Challenging traditional animal shelter business models

September 7, 2012
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Challenging traditional animal shelter business models

Moving the animal shelter population into homes requires a lot of marketing effort that many shelters cannot afford.  One of the difficulties is that shelters generally are not organized for a large number of potential adopters to play with the animals and at the adopter’s leisure.  The iPet Companion offer solves these difficulties.  Using special…

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A technology shift on the horizon in the printing industry

September 7, 2012
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A technology shift on the horizon in the printing industry

Over the past couple of years, the newspaper industry has seen its business change from home print delivery to online subscription.  Print magazines continue to spiral out of existence.  One of the suppliers deeply suffering from these changes is the print machine industry.  In the last year, several of the international major firms have gone…

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Americans and their usage of time

September 7, 2012
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Americans and their usage of time

NPR reporters Jacob Goldstein and Lam Thuy Vo compiled some interesting infographics on American worker use of time, based upon the US Bureau of Labor Statistics 2011 survey results.  The results indicate that on average Americans with full time jobs spend:  over 9 hours a day working and commuting, nearly 8 hours sleeping, almost 3…

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Maps and connections

September 7, 2012
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Maps and connections

Map-making tools can be used for a variety of strategy coursework.  The Scribble Maps online software offers many interesting features, including the ability to add custom images/overlays, text and place markers to maps.  The large selection of blank slates can be customized, saved in several different formats, exported to Google Earth and Google My Maps…

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URL treasure lists

September 7, 2012
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URL treasure lists

This online software aggregates personal lists of content such as web pages, images, text, documents, videos and other files into single URL list files that can be shared or kept private.  Personal lists can be edited and kept timely.  The search feature on the website can be used to identify other sources from a list…

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Airlines― Are they competing against the wrong competition?

September 7, 2012
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Airlines― Are they competing against the wrong competition?

In its June 11th press release this year, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that industry profits are expected to reach $3 billion this year with a projected net profit margin of 0.5%, in spite of the deepening Eurozone debt crisis.  For the second year in a row, the figures have continued to spiral…

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September classroom activities―perspectives

September 7, 2012
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September classroom activities―perspectives

Using your classroom teams in their online Wiki sites, have students conduct the following studies: Using this month’s video clip on “America Revealed” as a starting point, prepare a study of the state of manufacturing in the US.  The BLS provides some statistics of interest.  How would you respond to the statement that manufacturing is…

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American manufacturing is alive and well?

September 7, 2012
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American manufacturing is alive and well?

Yul Kwon, presenter for PBS, explores America life from within.  This short video clip introduces the current situation for manufacturing in America and seems to indicate that all is well in the industry.  Statistics cited include: manufacturing represents 12% of the US economy and 11 million people are employed in US-based manufacturing.  Innovation is alive…

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Leisure industry continues to grow

September 7, 2012
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Leisure industry continues to grow

Michael Rapino, CEO of Live Nation, is interviewed in this video clip by Julia Boorstin of CNBC.  According to Rapino, the amphitheater/festivals/electronic music industry is growing steadily at a 5% year to year rate.  In Europe electronic music alone is growing at a rate of 20%.  Ticket pricing remains flat; however, he notes that consumer…

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Preparing for changing class demographics

September 7, 2012
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Preparing for changing class demographics

As our classrooms, virtual or physical, begin to fill with students, we know they will be looking to us to guide them.  Each new class brings its own personality and across the years I know that my students have quite different interests and modes of communicating than those of a decade ago.  To assist us…

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