From field-research to design to having actual kids test new products - creating a cool new toy is no child's play.
FORTUNE -- Mattel's (MAT) Fisher-Price unit makes products for the most finicky customers around: young kids. Most new toys are unveiled in February at a huge fair in Manhattan. The invention process, however, happens year-round, constantly. Here is how the company created one of its newer offerings, the Servin' Surprises MOREFeb 12, 2013 5:00 AM ET
Many retailers have adopted marketing tactics to avoid annoying customers to the point that they resent their brands.Feb 7, 2013 12:16 PM ET
A combination of luck and skill contributes to just about every aspect of our working lives. But what can you do about it? A new book explores this dilemma.Feb 6, 2013 1:56 PM ET
The rapid decline of China's labor supply in the coming two decades could throw a wrench into the nation's economy. How the Chinese government can respond.
By Minxin Pei
FORTUNE -- Not too long ago, the mere mention of the "China price" could send shivers down the spines of executives in developing countries trying to compete for outsourcing contracts.
Typically, Western multinationals would demand the lowest price possible, which in reality was bench-marked by MOREFeb 6, 2013 10:23 AM ET
Fierce competitors like BMW, Toyota, Ford, and Daimler are teaming up to tackle hydrogen fuel-celled cars. It's probably the best choice they could make. Here's why.
FORTUNE -- It's lovely how a single element can bring several car companies together. Automakers are bonding to make cost-competitive vehicles that run on hydrogen, the upper-leftmost element on the periodic table.
On January 24, BMW and Toyota (TM) announced that they would collaborate to release MOREShelley DuBois, writer-reporter - Feb 4, 2013 5:00 AM ET
Beyond the fancy parties and Swiss scenery, leaders at Davos debated several ideas that will fundamentally change the global economy.
By Vineet Nayar
FORTUNE -- It may come across as a humble four-letter word, but the world has changed many times over on account of a simple "idea." Goethe said that "daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward: they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game." I spent MOREJan 28, 2013 11:54 AM ET
Former GM engineer Henry Thorne has brought his robotics expertise to the $8 billion U.S. baby products market. The result? A fully loaded power-folding stroller.
By Cristina Rouvalis
FORTUNE -- Henry Thorne once programmed hulking robots to weld the frames of Buick Regals, Pontiac Grand Prixs, and Chevy Cutlass Supremes on a General Motors (GM) assembly line. He was one of the key brains behind a six-mile, spark-throwing spectacle that became MOREJan 25, 2013 5:00 AM ET
Judge Jed Rakoff bashed the SEC on Bank of America and sentenced Rajat Gupta to prison. Now he weighs in on corporate crime and punishment.
By David A. Kaplan
FORTUNE -- Long before he sentenced Rajat Gupta to prison, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff had a celebrated and controversial career on the bench. His judicial opinions were thoughtful, direct, and witty. (And, on occasion, reversed by higher courts.) In 2009 he MOREJan 24, 2013 5:00 AM ET
Congress and the Obama Administration will need to strike a new deal in late March to avoid chopping billions from defense budgets. The major contractors are preparing now.
By Elizabeth G. Olson
FORTUNE -- Budget watchdogs of all political stripes and military contractors are sparring furiously over the effects of truncated government spending, a matter where emotions soar over such hot-button issues as unemployment and national security.
While even the most ardent MOREJan 23, 2013 10:23 AM ET
Boeing's 787 Dreamliner has been plagued with glitches and delays. Still, there probably isn't a company who could have rolled it out better.
FORTUNE -- This ain't Kitty Hawk. Any aircraft creator on the cutting edge of technology needs much more than two brilliant men and a glider. Take Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner plane: Boeing had to work in concert with government regulators and more than 900 subcontractors to get this MOREShelley DuBois, writer-reporter - Jan 22, 2013 1:02 PM ET
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