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9/20/2018

Commercial trucks will not have full access to the Port of Wilmington in North Carolina until Monday due to the lingering Hurricane Florence-related floodwaters. However, a large transport ship will arrive in the port to provide relief supplies to the area.

9/20/2018

Improving your awareness of who you are, how you behave and what you need helps with your career and has grounding in research, writes LaRae Quy. "Inaccurate self-assessment leads to sales targets that can't be met, deadlines that can't be carried out and performances that are promised but not delivered," she writes.

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SmartBrief/Leadership
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LaRae Quy
9/20/2018

Just as the ancient Greeks talked about ethos, logos and pathos, making persuasive arguments today requires credibility and logic, as well as an emotional appeal, says Carmine Gallo, Harvard instructor and author. "Everything about human nature -- from the stock market to where we invest to how we vote -- is based on our emotional narratives that we tell each other as groups and within individuals," he says.

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Knowledge@Wharton
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Carmine Gallo, Harvard
9/20/2018

The essence of strategy is that, each day, you "confront things that stand between where you are and where you'd like to be," writes Wally Bock in this review of Erika Andersen's "Being Strategic: Plan for Success; Outthink Your Competitors; Stay Ahead of Change." The second challenge of strategy is keeping focused as a group long after the vision has been set, he writes.

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Three Star Leadership
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Wally Bock, Erika Andersen
9/20/2018

Jerry Dias, president of Canadian trade union Unifor, says a deal with the US on the North American Free Trade Agreement is unlikely this week, although negotiators are still in discussion. As pressure mounts to resolve outstanding issues, US Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue says failure to reach agreement could jeopardize a US deal with Mexico.

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Reuters
9/20/2018

Automated smart categorization is a fast, accurate and economical way for companies to organize millions of stock-keeping units on e-commerce platforms, writes Divyabh Mishra, CEO and founder of CrowdAnalytix. "This not only saves time and effort, it improves the search experience, increases online sales, and helps B2B companies outpace their competitors," Mishra writes.

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B2B E-Commerce World
9/20/2018

Employers can retain their best workers in a competitive labor market by offering excellent benefits, promoting from within, communicating one-on-one and discussing career paths, writes Scott Costa. "If you want all of your employees to know that you are seeing their best work, you can do it by announcing promotions on a regular basis," he writes.

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TED Magazine
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Scott Costa
9/20/2018

Finding the right mix of technology and people in industrial settings isn't easy, but it's the key challenge for evolving beyond an Industry 4.0 mindset, writes Keith Barr, CEO and president of Leading2Lean. "Manufacturing 4.0, in contrast, is a new dynamic era where unlocking and multiplying human ingenuity is central to manufacturing, increasing efficiency, inspiring a new generation of skilled workers, and creating bottom-line profitability," he argues.

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Plant Engineering
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Keith Barr
9/20/2018

Xometry's online marketplace connects customers with manufacturers who offer the services and have the capacity needed to take on their projects.

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B2B E-Commerce World
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Xometry
9/20/2018

Arrow Electronics will open a site in Centennial, Colo., next year to collaborate with other businesses and groups on digital solutions for urban infrastructure challenges. The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade is contributing $500,000 to the project.