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Tag Archive | "innovation"

Creatively Increasing Sales: The Online Lay Away Plan

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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Eco-friendly retailer, Nau, launched a lay away plan as a means to expand their online sales. While this may not exemplify a sustainable practice, it is an innovative way to reach new markets and remain competitive.

Sustainability Drives Innovation

Monday, September 21, 2009

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In the September 2009 Harvard Business Review, C.K. Prahalad along with Ram Nidumolu and M.R. Rangaswami suggested that "sustainability is a mother lode of organizational and technological innovations that yield both bottom-line and top-line returns."

TerraCycle – Getting Inspiration from Garbage

Friday, August 14, 2009

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Waste provides businesses with opportunities to save money, support the environment and creatively market your company. There are lots of valuable things to learn from TerraCycle, a unique organization that produces and packages all of their products from garbage.

Working with the “enemy”: Co-opetition is driving innovation today

Thursday, December 11, 2008

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This new era of globalization has opened the door to co-opetition for small businesses as well. I think if small businesses embrace globalization and take the options it provides them seriously, co-opetition could be their answer - at least in addressing the new competition brought in by multinationals from BRIC nations I touched on in an earlier post.

Where do you go for offshoring help? These days, it’s a whole wide world.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

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Of course, all this is a very good thing for businesses in the U.S. and elsewhere that are in need of some offshoring help. More countries offering quality offshoring services means more options and more negotiationg leverage for these companies. It's a "win-win," as that horrible old cliche goes.

Where Does America Go From Here?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

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Encourage America's corporations to begin to turn their focus away from products and services that are easily 'commoditized' by countries like China, India, Brazil, etc. and instead focus on what America allegedly has always done best - 'innovation' and 'marketing."

What Can a Small Biz Outsource?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

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The point is, when you begin to think of all the tasks that get done remotely, the list gets pretty long. And that presents big opportunity for small business.

Thoughts on a Birthday

Thursday, December 11, 2008

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In perfecting the model that TCS invented, Infosys and other companies brought about the new kind of brain drain. Educated engineers in various disciplines no longer leave Indian shores, but now work only for IT companies.

Some Questions to Ask

Thursday, December 11, 2008

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Obviously, every business has its own individual challenges and opportunities. But most successful businesses of any size do tend to have something in common: none of them settle for the status quo. As an inherent part of their ongoing business model, these successful businesses regularly review their processes and operations.

Move Over BPO’¦Here comes KPO – The Changing Landscape of Outsourcing

Thursday, December 11, 2008

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In the past, outsourcing bascially meant farming out non-core business activities like voice-based call centers or medical transcription work. But today, organizations can outsource work which requires a fair amount of high-level intelligence, like research and development. This type of outsourcing work has come to be known as Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO).