See Jimmy Fallon Lose Beer Pong Match to WNY Robot Technology

The fact that WNYers have perfected beer pong shouldn’t be surprising, but the technology involved is.  Empire Robotics has invented Versaball, a unique gripping mechanism for robots that can pick-up almost anything, even ping pong balls as Fallon found out on the Tonight Show.  This technology has gotten coverage from TIME, Scientific American, MSNBC, The

NYS Manufacturing Resumes Growth, Optimism High

The Federal Reserve’s Empire State Manufacturing Survey indicates that NYS manufacturing rebounded in January after briefly dipping into negative territory in December for the first time in almost two years.  The index climbed 11.18 points to 9.95, led by growth in New Orders and Shipments and Prices Received.  The Future Conditions Index, reflecting anticipated business

December’s Buffalo ISM Index Mirrors National Numbers

The Institute of Supply Management – Buffalo’s PMI Index for December came in at 57.4 indicating area manufacturing was still expanding at the end of 2014, albeit at a slower pace than November.  Only the Employment Index at 39.4 showed contraction while Production at 61.8, New Orders at 66.9 and Deliveries at 58.5 were all

Zemsky is NYS Economic Development Czar

Governor Cuomo’s announcement that Howard Zemsky has been appointed NYS Commissioner of Economic Development AND the head of Empire State Development Corporation makes the WNY businessman and developer the most important economic player this State has seen in years.  Mr. Zemsky is known as the developer who resurrected the Larkin Building and Larkinville, but he

WSJ’s $140,000 Example of Manufacturing Job Opportunities

Here’s a trick question: If you were in your early 20s, would you rather be $28,400 in debt making $48,707 a year to start OR $0 in debt and making $140,000 a year? If the first case came with a 4 year bachelor’s degree would it change your answer? We’ve been saying for years that


By Steve DiIoia AS A LEADER, ONE OF YOUR MAIN GOALS IS TO INFLUENCE OTHERS TO ACT TOWARDS A COMMON GOAL. If your influence is negative—or if you have little influence on the people in your organization— that can be bad news for the organization. There are many factors that contribute to your effectiveness as

INSIGHTS: FALL 2014 — CASE STUDY: City Dining Cards

Company City Dining Cards is an innovative customer loyalty marketing company headquartered in Buffalo, NY. The company’s signature product is the City Dining Cards Deck, which contains discounts to 50 locally owned restaurants in a community; and the Drink Deck, which offers buy-one, get-one drinks at locally owned establishments. City Dining Cards are currently sold


In this issue of Insights, we talk with consultant Steve DiIoia about his role on the Insyte team. Steve brings to Insyte a distinction that not many consultants in the industry can claim: he is a certified Master Black Belt, trained in the Six Sigma methodology of efficiency analysis and problem solving, and a certified


By Ben Rand $1.5 BILLION FOR INSYTE. I am proud to announce that Insyte has surpassed $1.5 billion in client-reported impact in WNY for the period from 2000 to 2014, according to independent, third-party surveys of Insyte’s clients, conducted on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce. At a time when many national, statewide and

US Manufacturing’s Growth Slowed in December

The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing Index slipped to 55.5 in December, down 3.2 points from November’s 58.7 level, indicating continued but slower growth.  Many components of the index also fell including New Orders, Production, Backlog of Orders, Exports and Imports.  Among the factors influencing the survey, as cited by respondents, were falling energy prices