Multichannel Merchant--Orders for material handling equipment – an indicator of economic growth – are up 17% this year as of August, according to the U.S. Commerce. That’s a good sign, says Bill Kuipers, president of operations consultancy Spaide, Kuipers & Co. “While maybe not robust, the economy had stabilized to the point where most business owners were confident enough to begin to slowly catch up on some badly needed improvements.” Read more!