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European Commission: Leather     View
Statistics and other material about the European leather industry. Includes a definition of the industry (which includes hide and skin storage, tanneries, and post-tannery and finishing operations), material about industrial and trade policy, and dat ...
http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/leather/index_en.htm

Help Yourself: Customer Self-Service Is Finally Catching On With Consumers     View
October 2005 analysis of the benefits and shortfalls for self-service systems used by consumers. The article notes an increase in consumer acceptance of these systems, which may stem from "demographics, with younger customers preferring to do fo ...
http://www.cunacfocouncil.org/news/550.html

The Myth of Self-Service     View
This article provides a critical overview of the development of self-service at gas stations, grocery stores, banks, and other industries. It also discusses the beneficial use of call centers in various situations. From Connections Magazine, a journa ...
http://www.connectionsmagazine.com/articles/5/070.html

Aluminum Statistics and Information     View
Collection of statistics on aluminum, which is "the second most abundant metallic element in the Earth's crust after silicon, yet it is a comparatively new industrial metal that has been produced in commercial quantities for just over 100 years. ...
http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/commodity/aluminum/

What Is Hot-Dip Galvanizing?     View
Information about hot-dip galvanized steel, or steel that has been coated with zinc to prevent corrosion. Includes fact sheets, a glossary, a brief history of galvanizing, statistics, and related technical information. From the trade organization rep ...
http://www.galvanizeit.org/aga/about-hot-dip-galvanizing/what-is-hot-dip-galvanizing/

Is Wal-Mart Good for America?     View
This Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Frontline program "examines the growing controversy over the Wal-Mart way of doing business and asks whether a single retail giant has changed the American economy." The companion Web site features ess ...
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/walmart/

Speakers.com     View
Provides biographies and contact information for professional speakers and entertainers. Topics include politics, business, health, humor, motivation, and sports. See also "Resources" for tips on finding the right speaker, and planning your ...
http://speakers.com/

National Retail Federation     View
This group "is the world's largest retail trade association, with membership that comprises all retail formats and channels of distribution including department, specialty, discount, catalog, Internet, independent stores," and more. Its sit ...
http://www.nrf.com

Aluminum Anodizers Council     View
The website for this trade organization contains background information about the anodizing process for aluminum, "an electrochemical process that thickens and toughens the naturally occurring protective oxide." Some of the information on t ...
http://www.anodizing.org

Newshour Extra: Movie Sparks Debate Over Diamond Trade     View
This 2006 feature examines "conflict diamonds, sometimes referred to as blood diamonds, [which] are gems that are illegally sold to fund civil wars and rebel conflicts." It provides background about the diamond industry, the 2006 film ...
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/features/july-dec06/diamonds_12-04.html

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