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NYTimes.com's Plan To Charge People Money For Consuming Goods, Services Called Bold Business Move -- "The whole idea of an American business trying to make a profit off of a product its hired professionals create on a daily basis is a truly brave and intrepid strategy," said media analyst Steve Messner, adding that NYTimes.com's extremely risky new approach to commerce--wherein legal tender must be exchanged in order to receive a desired service--could drastically reduce the publication's readership.

"Stealth downsizing."
Food Inflation Kept Hidden in Tinier Bags -- As an expected increase in the cost of raw materials looms for late summer, consumers are beginning to encounter shrinking food packages.

Drawing supply chains.
The Best-Drawn Supply Chain You'll Ever See: A Look at How an Industry Evolves -- When drawing supply chains, most people don't bother with more than a fast doodle with boxes representing the different parts of the industry and a little stick figure representing the end customer. There's no reason that they should spend any more time than that (and besides, most MBA types lack the talent to draw anything more complex.)

Do that work.
The Changing Face of How Work Gets Done -- Since the dawn of automation the focus has been on increasing productivity. Frederick Taylor, a pioneer of efficiency, started the automation movement by redefining how workers did their jobs during the industrial revolution. Taylor's focus was on repeatability and standardization of work activities to increase productivity and consistency of work. In the decades since his death in 1915 technology has advanced his concepts to a point where it has fundamentally and substantially changed the workplace, companies and economies. Productivity gains from technology are now the primary drivers of GDP.

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