Category Archives: School of Business, Logistics & Supply Chain

March is Frozen Food Month

An email from the Census Bureau alerted us that March is “Frozen Food Month.” Frozen food is easy to cook, but a complex topic. The frozen food industry was born in the USA and continues to develop globally, involving agriculture, food science, logistics, and refrigeration engineering – all subjects taught here at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne.

Frozen foods have both responded to, and influenced, our culture; from the way we cook to our transportation infrastructure. The contribution of this industry to our economy is massive. We have assembled some statistics in our library displays marking this month.

Tucked in among the charts, books, and journals are some themed treats, while supplies last … and yes, you can chew gum at the computers!

 

Global Market Finder: new tool from the Census Bureau

This new interactive tool is so easy to use! It will be helpful for anyone researching exports of US products. Indiana grows a lot of popcorn. What are our international markets for popcorn? Let’s take a look.

Go to https://www.census.gov/library/visualizations/interactive/export-markets.html

Simply enter a keyword in the search box and wait for the site to retrieve the Schedule B Code.

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Then, click on the code and wait for the site to retrieve the data on this product. There are four different views; the default is a map of the world, with the top five markets highlighted. I prefer the table view as it shows more precisely what countries are our top markets.

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From this table, you can also select a country – (All) is the default – to see only further data for that market.

Click on the Methods of Transportation tab to see how our popcorn gets to these markets. Let’s see how we get popcorn to Mexico, as it could be trucked or flown or shipped:

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It is all trucked!

You can also look at sales in a time series and see the unit price paid for each market.

Physical hazards of the workplace

516npunsu3l._sx313_bo1204203200_By Barry Spurlock, Esq., CSP
2nd edition
Call number: T55 .S74 2018
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The recognition and control of hazards in the work environment are the cornerstone of every company’s safety and health plan. Every workplace contains dangers, especially those devoted to technology, machinery, and potentially hazardous material. This book provides you with the information you need to understand the regulations that provide for facility safety and their successful implementation for profitable management of any business.

Economics : an A-Z guide

51elahxzojl._sx323_bo1204203200_By Matthew Bishop
Call number: HB62 .B57 2016
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Economics is all around us, crucial to every aspect of our lives. But how many of us know what an absolute advantage or a zero-sum game really is?

The Economist‘s A-Z guide to economics explains the most important economic terms and concepts. Written with the clarity and wit for which the newspaper is renowned, it features bite-sized overviews of essential economic ideas.

If you need to understand why a country’s balance of payments is such a big deal, whether deflation is always a bad thing or exactly why John Maynard Keynes or Milton Friedman were so influential, then dipping into this guide will provide the answers.

Primer, glossary, dictionary and reference, this book offers everything you always wanted to know about economics but were afraid to ask.

Personal Finance in Your 20s and 30s For Dummies

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Call number: HG179 .T982 2018
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Millennials often confront greater difficulties—including economic uncertainty and student debt—than those who came before them. This new financial responsibility can be intimidating, and many people are unsure where to begin. Personal Finance in Your 20s & 30s For Dummies will help Millennials to be confident about managing their finances and get on a clear path toward financial security.

Inside, trusted financial advisor Eric Tyson shows students and recent grads how to make smart financial decisions in order to pay off student loans, avoid any additional debt, and create a solid plan to ensure their financial success. From avoiding common money mistakes to making informed investment choices, Personal Finance in Your 20s & 30s For Dummies covers it all!

  • Build a foundation through smart spending and saving
  • Rent, buy, or sell a house
  • File taxes the right way
  • Protect your finances and identity in the digital world

Get ready to forge your own path to financial security!

Megatech

61tpj6nvkdl._sx311_bo1204203200_Technology in 2050

By Daniel Franklin
Call number: T174 .M44 2017
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In the not-too-distant future, we’ll be plugging our brains into the internet, replacing our worn-out body parts, and eating meat grown in a lab. If we’re lucky, we’ll be living in a world of more productivity, more energy, and more equality—and if we’re not, we’ll be facing the profound threat of nonexistent privacy, ecological collapse, and nuclear proliferation. Of course, we can’t know the future, but Megatech: Technology in 2050 is a mind-clearing guide to the possibilities.

In this bold new book, Daniel Franklin brings together today’s most innovative scientists, leaders, thinkers, and writers to imagine how future technology will develop and shape our lives. Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek expects a rapid acceleration of scientific discovery, and Melinda Gates envisions a smartphone in the hand of every woman. Meanwhile, Benjamin Sutherland warns of military robots, and Leo Mirani sees smart glasses on every person’s face. The result is a thought-provoking collection of insight and imagination that will inspire us to make the most of future opportunities just as it motivates us to tackle the environmental, economic, and social challenges ahead.

10 skills for effective business communication

51skcqgj1hl._sx331_bo1204203200_Practical strategies from the world’s greatest leaders

By Jessica Higgins
Call number: HF5718 .H52 2018
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Effective business communication is a skill that anyone can develop. From interview strategies to high-stakes negotiation tactics, 10 Skills for Effective Business Communication offers practical strategies to improve communication skills and help you succeed in your career.

Equal parts research and actionable advice, this book applies effective strategies from the world’s most successful professionals to common workplace scenarios. With step-by-step guidance and simple exercises, you’ll learn why, how, and when to use fundamental communication skills to successfully navigate any situation.

Learn how to listen from a Microsoft CEO, or gain the confidence to network your way into any room with advice from a renowned venture capitalist―10 Skills for Effective Business Communication teaches you these skills and more, with:

  • 10 essential communication skills that empower you to masterfully handle pivotal moments in your career
  • Actionable exercises to practice and improve your communication skills right away
  • Clear explanations of the social psychology behind communication skills
  • Inspirational success stories that highlight communication skills from some of the world’s greatest business leaders including Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs, Tony Robbins, and more

Advance your career and set yourself up for success with effective communications skills from 10 Skills for Effective Business Communication.