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Month: April 2014

Knockoff Products – High Cost to Getting Standards and Conformance Wrong

Knockoff Products – High Cost to Getting Standards and Conformance Wrong

It’s likely you have heard the story of the Bionic Wrench.  If not, it was the creation of an industrial designer who had the misfortune of having it picked up by a large retailer.  After a brisk first year of holiday sales, the retailer decides it would design a reasonable knockoff to sell under its own brand name at a lower cost using a foreign manufacturer to produce it, all at the behest of obscure financial analyst.  Fortunately for the retailer, designing knockoffs of existing mechanical Read more [...]
Energy Efficiency Policies Rank High with Americans, Polls Show

Energy Efficiency Policies Rank High with Americans, Polls Show

Yesterday Gallup released results from its March 6-9 Social Series Environment poll, which found that Americans still favor energy conservation over production. Such a finding has been consistent since Gallup began asking the question in 2001. According to Gallup, “Americans' long-standing preference for emphasizing conservation over production in U.S. energy policy has rebounded, now matching levels seen in prior years.” The Gallup survey found that: About one-third in the Read more [...]