Waning Memory of Financial Crisis Brings Less Stringent Regulations

Waning Memory of Financial Crisis Brings Less Stringent Regulations

Legislators and regulators around the world strengthened financial regulations following the 2008 financial crisis that helped cause the 2009 global recession and contributed to the severity of the 2007-2009 US recession. However, as the financial crisis recedes from memory and as some participants in the banking industry voice complaints that regulations are preventing them from lending more aggressively, Congress and regulatory agencies have taken steps to curtail some regulations.


Three Reasons US Iron Ore Mining is Expected to Grow

Three Reasons US Iron Ore Mining is Expected to Grow

Iron ore miners have suffered for a while. Cheap imports and global steelmaking overcapacity have dragged down prices for domestically manufactured steel, thereby reducing demand for iron ore. However, the industry is expected to see robust growth through 2023 for three reasons.


How the NFL Survived a Boycott

How the NFL Survived a Boycott

The NFL was alarmed in August 2016 at the outset of a string of player protests, which resulted in declining viewership and boycotts by some consumers – both in support of and opposition to the protest. How have the NFL and the spectator sports industry as a whole fared through all this turmoil?


Looking for Solutions to Digital Eye Strain

Looking for Solutions to Digital Eye Strain

As individuals spend more time facing computers and smartphones at home, work, school, and elsewhere, digital eye strain is becoming commonplace. Digital eye strain can be worse for eyeglass wearers due to potential reflections from the screen or other light sources onto the lenses. As a result, most major suppliers of eyeglass lenses to the US market – including EssilorLuxottica (via Essilor), Carl Zeiss (via Zeiss), HOYA, and Nikon (via Nikon Optical USA) – are marketing products specifically aimed at reducing eye strain for heavy users of digital devices.


Visualizing the Future of Architecture & Engineering

Visualizing the Future of Architecture & Engineering

As virtual reality (VR) continues to improve, firms in the engineering and architectural services industries are finding novel uses for the technology in their day-to-day operations. From client communication and model presentations to cooperative design work, the list of applications continues to grow. How will the widespread use of VR impact the industries going forward?


The Aluminum Industry is Looking Shiny, For Now

The Aluminum Industry is Looking Shiny, For Now

The aluminum industry is looking up. Historically low aluminum prices have finally risen due to the effect of the US government’s tariffs on imported primary aluminum. However, the future of the industry may not be quite so bright if the tariffs are repealed.


Cleaning Companies Increasingly Offer Environmentally Friendly Options

Cleaning Companies Increasingly Offer Environmentally Friendly Options

Organizations and households are increasingly paying attention to the types of cleaning chemicals they use due to concerns about toxicity and environmental impact. Contract cleaning firms are sensitive to client concerns about cleaning chemicals, because they have to compete strongly to win contracts in a fragmented industry with many participants.


Four Reasons the CAFE Rollback is Meaningless

Four Reasons the CAFE Rollback is Meaningless

The July 2018 rollback of the CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards has roused debate, but any change that occurs is likely to be minimal at best.


Advent of Additive (3D) Manufacturing Adds to Machine Tool Shops’ Capabilities

Advent of Additive (3D) Manufacturing Adds to Machine Tool Shops’ Capabilities

Roy Amara once said, “We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run”. In the machine tool market, additive manufacturing promises to be revolutionary, enabling the production of parts that would be nigh-impossible to create with conventional machine tools. How is additive manufacturing going to impact the types of parts and profitability of machine shops in the future?


The New Data Privacy Landscape

The New Data Privacy Landscape

Data breaches have regularly been in the news over the past few years. From the Equifax breach to the Marriott breach – and seemingly every company in-between – it is abundantly clear that data security will grow increasingly complex and critical in the future. Maintaining data security and privacy requires diligent, proactive measures to be taken not only by data handlers, but also by legislators and consumers.