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Under the Radar

Under the Radar

November 1, 2009

MEET YES, TRAVEL NO

The returns from travel are large and well known. Yet the metals industry is doing less of it anyway.

Is business travel worthwhile?Some recent high-profile studies sponsored by the beleaguered travel industry say yes, the returns on travel are substantial. Metals companies agree: There’s no substitute for the returns and relationships generated by travel […] Read More

July 1, 2009

UNSUSTAINABLE DEMAND

We may be in a period that tests our ideas of what low demand really means.

Is there such a thing as “unsustainably low demand”? Certainly, it’s an idea that has been bandied about during the recession by analysts, metals industry leaders, economists and others. To name just one, Klaus Kleinfeld, […] Read More

March 1, 2009

ACCIDENTS STILL HAPPEN

Accident rates at metals service centers aren't likely to decline much more without a breakthrough in leadership and employee awareness.

Accident rates for metals service centers aren’t likely to decline much more in coming years. Is the metals industry safe or dangerous? It depends, in part, on which segment of the metals industry you study. […] Read More

January 1, 2009

DROWNING IN PAPERWORK

Small and mid-sized service centers and manufacturers work through burdensome and difficult-to-comply-with regulations that require companies to prove the makeup and origin of materials.

Paula McGuire, quality manager at Precision Steel Warehouse Inc.’s Charlotte, North Carolinabased service center, is drowning in an alphabet soup of paperwork and headaches. Various regulations that require companies to prove the makeup and origin […] Read More