From Museum Storage to Exhibition: The Story of an Artifact’s Travelling Companion

From Museum Storage to Exhibition: The Story of an Artifact’s Travelling Companion

You may have sat next to one of them on a transatlantic flight, or walked behind one of them on the way to baggage claim, or stood in line with one of them at Customs. You didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary, but these people were members of an exclusive and little-known clan: the art couriers. When museums loan their fine art or rare historical artifacts to other museums, they call on the services of professional art couriers to accompany the items from storage to exhibition venue. Each courier develops specialized skills; for example, Lynn Grant, who wrote this story: http://bit.ly/1iHdiHv, is a rigging expert and is often hired to travel with heavy, bulky artifacts.

As Grant points out, it seems like a glamorous job, but if you’ve ever experienced a delayed flight or a visa issue, imagine how the problems would multiply if you were responsible for the safe arrival of priceless works of art. Nevertheless, for art experts with itchy feet, it can be an ideal career.

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Air Force Boots Get Their Marching Orders From RFID

Air Force Boots Get Their Marching Orders From RFID

When you’re shipping thousands of pairs of military boots each month, as combat footwear supplier Wellco does, shipping errors can get expensive; to quote a famous senator, “Pretty soon you’re talking about real money!” So when Wellco made the commitment to RFID, they jumped in with both feet. Each and every pair of boots Wellco makes for the Air Force gets an RFID tag, while cloud-based software tracks the order. RFID scanners identify and verify the contents of shipping cartons, and further down the line, additional RFID tags identify the cartons assembled on pallets, adding another layer of order verification. Senior Network Administrator David Mason reports greater fulfillment efficiency and a considerable reduction in expensive order errors. Read the whole story: http://bit.ly/1hIik7f

 

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Rising Cost of Commercial Real Estate – Are You Feeling the Squeeze?

Rising Cost of Commercial Real Estate – Are You Feeling the Squeeze?

Eight months ago, The Kiplinger Report predicted a steady increase in the cost of commercial real estate in the U.S.: http://bit.ly/1iIDjfi Prime office space was forecast to increase by 2.6% in 2013, and 2.8% in 2014. Warehouse space, too, was predicted to rise by 2.6% in 2014. Have these predictions turned out to be true? What’s your experience? How are you managing to fit more into less?

 

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Working in a Fishbowl, and Five Other Trends in Laboratory Design

Working in a Fishbowl, and Five Other Trends in Laboratory Design

People are naturally voyeuristic. It’s a trait which reality television has taken advantage of for some time. Now other industries, from restaurants to research labs, are turning this human habit into an opportunity for better management and positive public relations by showcasing their workplace processes in “fishbowl” facilities. As Jennifer Webb states in Lab Manager Magazine, research labs benefit from this new openness in several ways: Investors and others can see and appreciate the lab’s capabilities; regulators can observe the lab in action without disturbing ongoing research; and natural light improves researchers’ productivity – an important factor for both cost control and employee retention.

Of course, the fishbowl trend has implications for space utilization, storage, and workstation aesthetics. Webb discusses six new trends in lab design which enhance the public face of research labs while keeping infrastructure costs in check: http://bit.ly/1ueF3R7

 

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