Author Archives: Chris Niccolls

When Small Towns Die Out, Can America Survive?


  When you think of America, what comes to mind? The bright lights of New York’s Broadway? Or a small town, with a quaint main street and homes with well-manicured lawns? America’s self-image is evenly split, and both sides are true, … Continue reading

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The Retail Apocalypse Has Arrived


At the start of 2018, America has the lowest unemployment and the best economy in more than a decade. The stock market is at new highs. It feels like the economy is strong. But… that’s not the way it looks. … Continue reading

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Is the Real Crisis Too Few Jobs Or Too Many Workers?


Robots are coming, and they’re going to take your job! Sure. We all know that. Cars will drive themselves. New factories will have all robots and no workers. Your manager will be replaced by an AI. Half of all jobs … Continue reading

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Written In Sand… The Next Global Shortage has Arrived!


As the world becomes more globalized, international projects are getting bigger. As a result, the most unexpected shortages can suddenly appear. A few years ago, China went on a building spree, creating a global shortage of scaffolding and construction cranes. As … Continue reading

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How to Avoid The Latest Outsourcing Dangers In 2018!


(Previously published in OUTSOURCE, 01/04/2018, Updated 3/25/2018) By now everyone knows about outsourcing, the big issue of the 20th century that revolutionized the 21st century! But outsourcing didn’t start in the 20th century. In the 18th and 19th century Europe developed … Continue reading

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The Surprising End After 25 Years of Successful Outsourcing To Mexico


  When President Trump was merely Candidate Trump, he said that he was able to negotiate with Automaker Ford to end outsourcing and keep jobs in America. HIs campaign got a big boost, even though Ford said that it did … Continue reading

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MiFID II is Here And Layoffs Are On The Way


We’re now a full month into 2018. For a long time, we’ve been saying that MiFID is coming. Well, it’s here!. MiFID II is a huge set of regulations but the big change was supposed to be transparency in transactions. … Continue reading

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2018 – The Year of The Male Glass Ceiling?


It’s been going on for a few months now, even a few years, maybe forever… depending on how you look at it. Women have finally had enough and are demanding basic worker rights. However, demanding rights and EFFECTIVELY getting men to … Continue reading

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Why Do We Need 11 Billion People?


If we ever have a contest for the “Golden Age of Man”, my vote is for the last 200 years. Ancient Greece would probably get more votes for inventing philosophy, Democracy, dramas and comedies, and classical architecture. Which is a … Continue reading

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Intelligent Automation Inspires New Plans For Onshoring


    (Previously published in Outsourcing Magazine, 11/4/2017) Offshoring and outsourcing don’t exist in a vacuum. These are processes that take advantage of and are influenced by technology, politics and the larger economy. Look at the last big round of … Continue reading

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