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  • Keep a watchful eye
    Having worked in the safety arena for a number of years, I look at things differently than most people. Safety is always first and foremost in my mind, so when I stepped onto the casino floor in Las Vegas during the November 2007 NACE convention, the work environment was the first thing to grab my attention. In these situations, I ask myself: Is this environment safe, and does it provide...
  • Editor’s note: The following article is part one of a two-part series on steps auto glass retailers can take to address declining profit margins. Look for the next article in the March/April 2008 issue of AutoGlass. Shrinking margins are top of mind for many auto glass replacement businesses today. I have no doubt that every company involved in AGR has suffered reduced profitability, and...
  • As I write this column, New Hampshire voters are at the polls, weighing in on who should represent the Republican and Democratic parties in the 2008 presidential election. Healthcare looms large in the primary race, with each candidate claiming his or her plan will lessen the financial burden on small businesses and their employees.Opinions vary as to how to fix the current system, but it’s...
  • How to attract the Internet consumer
     If consumers made more than 4 million inquiries specific to your company’s product or service, wouldn’t you want to know? That’s exactly what’s happening on the Internet right now.Out of 146 million adults looking for local businesses, an estimated 86 million, or 59 percent, start their search on the Internet. They go to Google, Yahoo!, MSN or one of hundreds of...
  • Cost hikes offset volume, price increases for some retailers
    Auto glass repair and replacement retailers anticipated net income would decline 3 percent in 2007, according to the 2007 National Glass Association Competitiveness Survey. The primary culprits: rising energy, fuel and insurance costs. Conducted by The MPI Group, Shaker Heights, Ohio, the survey provides a comprehensive view of the performance and business practices of 22 U.S. auto glass repair...
  • Experts present varied review of U.S. economy at Reed 2008 Forecast Conference
     When developing a business plan for 2008, consider hedging your bets. Economists at the Reed 2008 Construction Forecast Conference gave the U.S. economy and the outlook for the construction industry mixed reviews. The conference took place Oct. 3-4 in Washington, D.C.   The cautionary note “was sobering, but it adds balance” to the forecast, says Michael F. Maher,...
  • Vitrum 2007: Elegant venue, larger booths, new sectors highlight Milan show
    Cutting-edge, gleaming machines in various shapes and sizes flaunted their superior capabilities at the 15th Vitrum International trade fair for machinery, equipment and systems for the processing of flat and hollow glass; glass and finished products for the industry, Oct. 3-6. Olive-skinned, raven-haired hostesses offered free wine and hors d’ oeuvre at bars that were part of most of the...
  • NGA members respond to sales, employment, business environment questions
     The recently completed 2007 NGA Competitiveness Survey provides a broad view of business practices and performances across the membership of the National Glass Association, McLean, Va. Survey findings, based on responses from 88 NGA members, reveal a wealth of benchmarks that can help all members steer their firms toward more profitable, productive years. Among this year’s top-line...
  • Debate continues regarding use of hose stream test
     According to a United States Fire Administration’s congressional report, the rate of fire related deaths per capita in the United States is two to three times that of several European nations and is at least 20 percent higher than most developed countries.  For a country that still has one of the worst fire safety records in the industrialized world, equating safety with a glazed...
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