Selling custom products on the web

If you manufacture a custom or a customizable product, you have probably wondered how it could possibly sell online. We’ve all seen those fancy flash websites where you can design a wardrobe or put together all the options and build a new car, but let’s face it, those sites may cost hundreds of thousands of […]

3 Legal Updates: Business income tax, asset sales and auditing policy

ELIMINATING SOME INCOME TAX ADVANTAGES On July 18, 2017, the Federal Department of Finance announced proposed changes to the Income Tax Act (the ITA) in Canada that are intended to “level the playing field” by removing certain tax advantages that for decades have been part of tax planning for many family-owned businesses operating through private […]

Pursuit of perfection

I was recently helping another designer with a project — a kind of DIY project — and in this case I was playing the role of fabricator, not designer. At a certain point, I told the designer that we had a problem, that there was an issue with alignment and dimensions. To which the designer […]

High heels: stomping out a work place requirement

Mr. Mason has just opened a new restaurant that he hopes will compete with such large restaurant chains as The Keg, Joey’s and Earl’s. When you attend the restaurant you notice that your server, Katherine, is knowledgeable, polite and gracefully glides between tables and patrons to accurately serve your order all while wearing very high […]

Shake up your factory

Just like with everything else in life, you most likely need a plan if you’re going to have a chance to succeed at all. This rule applies to purchasing manufacturing technology, too. Just going out and buying the latest computer controlled gizmo because it’s shiny or because your competitor has one is not a great […]

Order or chaos?

There is a lot to be known when one sets out to design products. Probably too much. The complexities of production have multiplied with advances in technology and now its unlikely that an individual will be able to obtain a comprehension sense of what can be done and how to do it. It remains incumbent […]

Wood is High-Tech

Welcome to our sector’s new reality By Alain Albert Only a short time ago, you could open the hood of your car and there was an engine in there. Yo u could tune your carburetor, change your spark plugs and tinker with other mechanical devices that were easy enough to understand for most weekend mechanics. […]

Three boards

There are some lovely little boats on the upper Mekong River. They are made with only three boards. The one in the centre is basically parallel edged, but bent while lying flat, to raise both ends. Attached to this lengthwise, at 45 degrees, are planks (garboards) that are basically a long crescent shape, sweeping up […]

Documents matter

It pays to maintain proper corporate records ARE YOU THINKING OF SELLING or financing your business? Are you involved in shareholders’ dispute? Or, perhaps worse yet, is your business being audited by the taxing authorities or involved in a litigation? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will likely find that maintaining […]

Design earns its due

It wasn’t that long ago that the word design was primarily used to describe a state of scheming, usually nefariously, for the purpose of acquiring something or someone. One might have “designs” on… It doesn’t seem to be used that way so much anymore. It now generally implies a connection with creativity. There is an […]