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December 11, 2012
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  • Honda's 2-stage snowblower brings muscle to snow removal
    The two-stage, HS724WA model snowblower from Honda can help clear a thick layer of snow with its front and reverse gear, according to Consumer Reports. The machine has a hydrostatic transmission that eliminates shifts and jerks when changing speeds, and has a foot-operated switch that can be used to move the equipment around without having to start its engine. Snowblowers from Ariens, Toro, Cub Cadet and Craftsman are among the magazine's recommendations. (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Snow throwers sit idle at a store in S.D.
    Recent light snow around Sioux Falls, S.D., didn't boost snowblower sales at Ideal Yardware. The store, however, did get numerous calls from customers about how to start their snowblowers after not having used them for a while. The store has added 150 snowblowers to its inventory and hopes demand will soon pick up to compensate for weak lawn mower sales during the drought. "When we rely on weather so much with rain and snow and we don't get any, it's really tough," Ideal Yardware's Cory Hansen said. KELO-TV (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Indicators 
  • Index points to slower U.S. jobs growth
    Although the latest figures show a decline in the U.S. unemployment rate, the Conference Board's Employment Trends Index predicts a slowing job market over the next few months. "Employment growth typically lags economic growth, and with the economy expected to decelerate in the current quarter and early 2013, a slowdown in employment won't be far behind," observed Gad Levanon, director of macroeconomic research at the Conference Board. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside & Out 
  • How to get your employees to embrace change
    If you want to drive change at your organization, you have to make employees understand why it is important, Ginny Macdonald of Pointcross Consulting writes. "Employees need to understand why change is needed today, rather than six or even 12 months from now, and they must feel they have a voice in shaping change," she writes. Additionally, companies should re-evaluate the structures that guide employee behavior, she writes. Financial Post (Canada) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Using customer service to generate profit
    With some clever thinking, it's possible to offer customer service that actually generates profit for your company, writes John Jantsch. "The way to do this is make it a formal package, think about it like a product and offer it either as a tangible added value or as an à la carte offering," he writes. For example, you can hold regular question-and-answer sessions or create online courses to educate your customers. Duct Tape Marketing (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
  • "Fiscal cliff" is causing uncertainty about payroll tax
    Uncertainty about the impending "fiscal cliff" is making it difficult for companies to prepare their payrolls for 2013. Employees have been paying 4.2% in payroll taxes during the past two years, but that rate could soon climb back up to 6.2%. Meanwhile, higher payroll taxes could also squeeze businesses by leaving consumers with less money to spend. CNNMoney (12/6), CNNMoney (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  OPEI News 
  • Outdoor Power Report: A quarterly update for OPEI members
    OPEI's quarterly summary of issues and activities is now available. Read the report. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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