Just over 30,000 tons of scrap plastics were exported from the Los Angeles port district in January, or about 37,000 tons fewer than a year earlier. While more than half of January 2017's exports went to China, only 7% of this January's exports were delivered there.
Automotive service departments are looking to be more efficient at reconditioning as dealerships increase sales of used cars. Three days is the longest a dealer should spend on reconditioning, says consultant Joe Lescota.
Rebag has opened its second New York City store to offer luxury handbags that it's purchased from sellers. "Women who would have waited 10 years to buy a Chanel bag can afford to buy it now," said founder Charles Gorra.
Back Market now offers refurbished electronics in the US. "Our conviction is that the refurbishers are going to be more and more considered by the public as the manufacturers of tomorrow," says Chief Marketing Officer Vianney Vaute.
Focus on authenticity to better connect with customers and ensure the longevity of your brand, writes Dustin White, CEO of Made Brand Management. Sharing behind-the-scenes content, offering personalization and staying committed to your core customers can help.
Small-business owners often have to do most of the marketing work on their own, and a checklist can help streamline the process. Key steps include deciding on your target audience, developing a budget and thinking about the timing of your campaign.
Black Gold has opened a new location in the SoHo district of New York City, offering vinyl records, roasted coffee and a design aesthetic that includes taxidermied animals. "It's not just the standard record store, it's about community and discovery," said Mike Polnasek, co-owner of Black Gold.
Quality data management is central to all industrial internet of things functions, and machine builders must include data solutions in the design process, writes Sciemetric executive Derek Kuhn. "The most efficient and cost-effective way to deliver on these requirements is to seek out a proven, common standard solution and incorporate it into the build," he writes.
Small and midsized manufacturers can borrow the same omnichannel principles used by retailers and B2B merchants to improve inventory management and other tasks, writes Gavin Davidson of Oracle NetSuite. Such a system, which he calls an omnichain, "is based on a single cloud-based environment to align and orchestrate all supply chain processes, wherever they occur."