Local Impact: Buy Local Builds Economy

by Gremlyn Bradley-Waddell

It’s a simple catchphrase that’s become as much a part of the American vocabulary as “economic downturn,” and, by now, most folks have seen a “Buy Local” sign amidst the treasures at a downtown antiques shop or tacked onto the cash register in an independent clothing boutique. But as much as the “buy local” approach — in all its various connotations — is promoted, is it … [More]

Kimber Lanning, Local First Arizona

from Kimber Lanning

We’re living more and more in a global economy, and local companies have opportunities to expand and grow by connecting outward to new markets. But there is economic strength and other benefits to be derived by encouraging business interaction within the local community. The “buy local” movement has definitely taken hold in Arizona. Consumers are now actively seeking out … [More]

Branding Arizona

by Eric Jay Toll

The common thread running through the minds of Valley economic development and political leaders is: Arizona needs to tell its story. The state’s image and reputation drive what happens to business in the Valley of the Sun. Arizona has never cohesively presented its message to the world. Officials say we’re always playing catch-up and trying to erase archaic and wrong … [More]

Create a Workplace that Meets Three Powerful Human Needs

by Christine Comaford

Employers may be clear on what they need from their employees: hard work, efficiency, innovation, motivation, results. But what do employees need from their employer? To answer in practical terms — a steady paycheck, a quiet workspace, more training — is only partly right. Before they can meet the employer’s deepest needs, the employer must meet theirs. Psychologist Abraham … [More]

Cycling Dollars from Local to Local

by Kate Nolan

Studies show a multiplier effect on dollars spent at local businesses that doesn’t exist for dollars spent at chain retailers or other out-of-state firms. Even if a local purveyor’s price is higher, the pay-off comes from keeping the money in the community. Local businesses propel dollars through an elaborate local spending cycle, generating jobs, profits, purchases, capital … [More]

How Can Manufacturing Increase Profits and Reduce Waste?

by N. Satishkumar

In an organization’s functional terminology, we refer to “money” as the finance function and “manpower” as the human resource department; “machineries” represents the plant and “materials” stands for the inputs required for the final product. In our present organizational set-up, the operations/manufacturing, engineering, quality control and R&D are combined under … [More]

U-Haul: Building on the Power of Relationships

by RaeAnne Marsh

The company was founded on faith in people, says Stuart Shoen, executive VP of U-Haul and third generation in the family business. In the mid-1940s, he relates, there were plenty of trailer rental companies but none that would rent one-way. Husband and wife L.S. and Anna Mary Carty Shoen conceived of a program to serve customers needing a long haul for a one-way move, such as … [More]

Counterfeit Call Out

by RaeAnne Marsh

uFaker, a new app, calls out the counterfeit products and alerts brand owners as to who is counterfeiting their products. In an effort to entice the communications, the app not only sends reports, it also allows users to earn discount rewards, protects families from harmful products and combats the thriving global counterfeit epidemic.   … [More]

Wait No More

by Mike Hunter

QLess has created a mobile application that solves the problem of customers or patients having to wait in line — it’s a mobile queue. Customers can roam freely until their “time” in line is announced through a Web browser on a mobile phone, a kiosk in the waiting area or a computer. QLess sends an SMS or calls shortly before their turn comes up. There is also a marketing … [More]

Fast & Friendly Organizer

by Mike Hunter

Pocket Informant is a new app from WebIS that is all the rage. Users are able to put their tasks and notes into their calendar, sync with Evernote and with Google, and get maps and other key information about what is going on in their calendar. An easy-to-use calendar that places events with ease, swipes through the user’s calendar and alerts the user as to what’s next. $12.99 … [More]