What do the President of the United States, a typical teenager, Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshideand and possibly even you have in common? Selfies. That’s right, virtually everyone, of all ages and walks of life, seem to be swept up in this global phenomenon of self-expression. As a result, we must be ready to be photographed [...]


How do you vet new vendors and suppliers?

by Todd McDonald on May 27, 2015

When it comes to finding a reliable contractor or service provider for home repairs and odd jobs, more and more people are turning to online review websites like Angie’s List, HomeAdvisor and even Google reviews to find unbiased ratings to help them make decisions about where to invest their hard earned money. But can the [...]


Using a S.W.O.T. analysis for better packaging engineering

May 14, 2015

Often, as part of a company’s overall corporate planning process, a S.W.O.T. (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis is performed. This can be an invaluable exercise to help businesses improve operations, discover opportunities (such as new potential customer groups or broader product distribution), deal with risks and position themselves optimally in the market. But would [...]

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If it “ain’t broke” why fix it?

April 15, 2015

During a recent visit to downtown St. Louis, I will admit I was a bit irritated to find a plethora of closed roads, detours and work zones surrounding the Arch. Once I arrived at my destination, albeit a little late and even more frustrated, I just had to find out why. What I learned surprised [...]

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