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Single layer packs have for many years formed the bulk of food packaging, be it for bags, film or rigid containers. The reasons for this have been ease (cost) of manufacture and low cost to users (manufacturers). The disadvantages of single layer packs, are carried by both manufacturers (packers) and end users (consumers). Packers have …

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One of the most difficult situations to deal with as a consultant when going into a business that is experiencing difficulties, is the doom and gloom employee. This is the employee, who is so mired in their own despair that they do not believe in anything other than failure. In many cases that I’ve seen, …

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Many of the premium machine suppliers offer extended warranties on their machinery. The terms and conditions may be slightly different from machine builder to machine builder, but the basic conditions are all very similar. Please note that these are generic conditions and are not applicable to any particular machine manufacturer and are only for the …

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Recent events in South Africa regarding the cost of energy have highlighted the absolute necessity for energy conservation. Seen against a history of cheap power for the last 50 years, the recent changes have impacted strongly on many companies. I have previously written articles on this topic, as far back as 2006, long before the …

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The control function of management is to ensure that the performance of the company approximates the estimates and budgets as closely as possible. Management control can be seen as a way to safeguard the safety of investor funds. It can also be seen as a continuous system of monitoring performance of assets, irrespective of what …

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Leaders have responsibilities to the shareholders to ensure that the skills and knowledge which the company pays for, and expects in return the deliverables previously agreed to at the time of the contract inception, are used to further and promote the interests of the company. Companies must also take into account the inherently temporal nature …

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