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December 4, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Giant Eagle taps Logile for labor modeling
    Giant Eagle is using Enterprise Labor Model and Enterprise Execution and Compliance Management solutions from Logile to assess and manage the workforce across stores. "The dynamic nature of our business and the often-changing physical layouts of our stores make it necessary for us to have an equally dynamic modeling system," said Dan May, the retailer's senior vice president of supply chain and business systems. Progressive Grocer (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

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  • Retailers take supplier collaboration to next level
    Haggen, a 29-store chain in Oregon and Washington, is an example of how retailers are boosting collaboration with suppliers. The company changed its TOP Food & Drug banner to Haggen: Northwest Fresh and gave suppliers substantial say in the rebranding effort. Supermarket News (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
Harvard Business Review explores why CFO's and their finance organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of their markets and how big data, organizational collaboration, and new cloud-based planning and analysis technologies are driving successful change.
Click here to access the report.

  Independent Operator Spotlight 
 
  • Washington Perk plans second location
    Washington Perk & Provision, which opened in 2010 in Winston-Salem, N.C., will open a second grocery and deli downtown. "It's going to be pretty much the same as Washington Perk, but it might have more groceries because there is a big demand," said Jayne Johnston, who owns the store with husband John. Winston-Salem Journal (N.C.) (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
 
  • Supermarkets turn attention to healthful snacks
    Supermarkets are selling healthful prepared snacks such as fruit slices with yogurt dips and smaller portions of desserts. "We were hearing at our consumer group meetings that people wanted healthier options in snacks," said Terri Bennis, vice president of fresh-food operations at Kowalski's Markets. "We started with a couple of facings, and it just exploded." Supermarket News (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Miss. high-school obesity rate falls
    Mississippi Health Department officials found that the state's high-school obesity rate declined from 18.1% in 2009 to 16.5% in 2011. "We are very encouraged to see this decline in obesity rates among our high-school students. Although the change from two years ago is not statistically significant, it's the first time in 10 years we have seen any decline at all in Mississippi's adolescent obesity rate," State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier said. The Sun Herald (Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss.)/The Associated Press (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The ROI of Privacy with TRUSTe Solutions
Investment in a Data Privacy Management Platform can deliver significant, positive financial returns for corporate bottom lines. The "Total Economic Impact (TEI) of TRUSTe" Study explains how Forrester Analysts calculated a 151% ROI for TRUSTe customers. Download the study now.

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  Global Update 
  • Dietary rules pose retail challenges in India
    Non-Indian grocers face a host of challenges when establishing locations in India, where many people are vegetarians and expect meat to be sold at a separate store. Companies including Reliance Retail and Big Bazaar are cautiously adding meat, but most retailers avoid beef, which is forbidden for Hindus, and pork, which Muslims don't eat. The Wall Street Journal/India Real Time blog (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Food Safety and Security 
  • Stevia gains authorization in Canada
    Sweeteners derived from stevia plant were approved in Canada for use in certain food and drinks. "After two years of working with Health Canada and other industry members, we're happy to welcome stevia's approval," said Sidd Purkayastha, vice president of business development and regulatory affairs at PureCircle. FoodBusinessNews.net (free registration) (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--Liberian proverb

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