Amazon is expanding its cashierless convenience store format Amazon Go to suburban areas, starting with Mill Creek, Wash., a Seattle suburb with about 20,000 residents. The expansion from city centers to suburbs follows the pandemic-fueled surge in remote work, and the suburban stores will have a larger footprint than their urban counterparts.
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Distributors can better serve their manufacturing and contractor customers by offering self-service automated inventory management options, writes Rock Rockwell, CEO of eTurns. These systems provide real-time visibility, free up salespeople for more productive tasks and allow for touchless resupply, Rockwell writes.
Sprouts Farmers Market says shell and liquid eggs at all of its stores are now being fully sourced from organic and free-range farms, reaching a goal it set in 2016 with the rollout of its "cage-free or better" campaign. Sprouts, which has more than 370 locations, reports organics comprised 40% of its dairy sales volume in 2021, and the company also added 81 plant-based and 82 organic products to its shelves last year.
FedEx and Microsoft are collaborating on a project that uses Microsoft business applications, artificial intelligence and machine learning to analyze delivery data and get insights related to the 17 million packages handled by FedEx daily. The resulting "logistics as a service" tool will "help organizations accelerate their digital transformation across their business operations so they can offer customers more integrated ways to shop, and faster, more efficient deliveries," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says.
When facing difficulties at work, you can control how you respond when your "anchor belief," as author Brenda Bence calls it, is positive rather than negative. Alaina Love shares the story of a client who was struggling with work pressures and needed to shake his negative "inner defeatist" before he could work with his boss on solutions.
Servant leadership is mostly about collaboration and stewardship, but leaders must also understand those infrequent situations where persuasion is less effective than positional power to push through bureaucracy, write Bob Vanourek and Gregg Vanourek. They sum up servant leadership through a quote by Robert Greenleaf: "The best test is: do those served grow as persons; do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants?"
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A mandate that took effect Jan. 22 requires all truck drivers entering the US from Canada and Mexico be vaccinated for COVID-19, a rule experts say could create further supply chain challenges and produce shortages for US retailers. Mexico supplied 77% of US fresh vegetable imports in 2020, and the rule could also affect temporary farm laborers who cross the border from Mexico daily to work in California and Arizona.
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Companies up and down the food supply chain are reporting difficulties, largely influenced by a lack of workers and difficulties with transportation. Separately, data from the Census Bureau shows that 8.8 million Americans overall were out sick between Dec. 29 and Jan. 10 due to contracting the coronavirus or looking after someone else who was ill.
Truck drivers are calling for more legal spaces to park overnight so they can get sufficient sleep and not have to spend valuable time looking for a space. "The supply chain clog will not unclog until drivers are able to utilize their whole 11-hour drive time driving, not driving around in circles, fighting for the next parking spot or stopping early so they can maybe count on a spot," Illinois trucker driver Merry Leach says.
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