Insulated metal panels are a good choice for cold-food processors | Tech trends shape the changing face of retail | Timeless leadership tips from Jack Kent Cooke
March 31, 2015
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Innovation & Efficiency
Insulated metal panels are a good choice for cold-food processors
Cold-food processors should invest in insulated metal panels as they lack the indentations that can house germs. Their airtight joints help maintain consistent temperatures and sanitary conditions, this article notes. Refrigerated & Frozen Foods online (3/24)
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Tech trends shape the changing face of retail
E-commerce tops the list of the five biggest trends shaping the future of retail, retailers say. Loyalty programs, mobile payments, same-day delivery and data security are also top concerns for merchants looking to stay relevant. The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (tiered subscription model) (3/28)
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Timeless leadership tips from Jack Kent Cooke
After Jack Kent Cooke named Terry St. Marie as chief operating officer of his cable company, he took St. Marie to one side and gave him some unforgettable advice. Among Cooke's wisdom: Don't use the word "can't," never trust a self-described "expert," and never let a person's smarts keep you from hiring them. "I'm now in the position of being the mentor, and you can bet that I'm passing down these pearls of wisdom to the new leaders I'm talking to," St. Marie writes. (3/29)
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Fear can be a public speaker's best friend
Fear harnessed properly can improve a presentation or speech, argues Booher Research CEO Dianna Booher, for those who are fueled by fear will double-check the details, practice their delivery and be ready for audience questions. The Huffington Post/Business Blog (3/24)
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Regulations & Policy
U.S. DOT to reveal $478B transportation proposal
The U.S. Department of Transportation will introduce a $478 billion proposal to fund the nation's transportation surface repairs until the end of the decade, and it will call for more auto safety reforms. The proposal will include federal authorization to set electronics safety standards and file criminal charges against vehicle hackers. The Detroit News (3/30)
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Business Update
Shippers can minimize effect of UPS, FedEx pricing change
Shippers can lessen the impact of UPS and FedEx's shift to dimensional weight pricing for all ground packages. For example, they should consider ways to reduce packaging size. Meanwhile, some shippers are switching to the U.S. Postal Service for some packages, according to this article. (3/30)
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Expert: E-commerce, "grocerants" key for snack makers
Snack manufacturers must take a look at their strategies to secure their place in the evolving grocery landscape, particularly with the rise of e-commerce and retail-restaurant concepts, according to retail and food marketing expert Phil Lempert. "We need to look at all these different channels of distribution and look at what snacks mean across the board. Snacks might look very different tomorrow than what they did yesterday -- not only the packaging but where it's sold in store," he said. (France) (3/30)
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Survey: European shoppers want produce packaged in paper
Some 68% of consumers in seven European countries said they prefer their produce and other food items to be packaged in paper instead of plastic, according to a survey by YouGov. "The findings show that paper and corrugated remain the most popular form of packaging across major countries in Europe," said Angelika Christ of the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers. (U.K.)/Fresh Produce Journal (3/26)
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Supply Chain Spotlight
Hershey partners to empower female shea farmers in Ghana
Hershey Co. Products Ahead of Earnings
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The Hershey Co. and IOI Loders Croklaan have partnered to build three new warehouses in Ghana for StarShea, a program that aims to empower female shea butter farmers. The facilities will provide the women's cooperative with storage for shea nuts during the season to increase profits. (3/25)
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Everyone needs a career partner
"If I had to sum up in just a few words what the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) is all about," says Rick Blasgen, CSCMP's president and CEO, "I couldn't do better than to quote our tagline: 'Connecting, developing, and educating the world's logistics and supply chain management professionals.' That succinct description really does capture our purpose as an organization. Everything our dedicated staff and volunteers do is designed to carry out that mission." Read Rick's complete blog.
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CSCMP's Spain Roundtable to host May forum: Driving Excellence in Global Markets with Aligned Supply Chains
Plan to attend the CSCMP Spain Roundtable's full-day annual event, May 14, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, where C-level supply chain executives and professionals from fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), retail, manufacturing, 3PL, pharma and e-commerce will share knowledge of and insights on how to drive excellence in the markets they compete with aligned supply chains. International thought leaders Daniel T. Jones, Joseph F. Paris, Jr., and Terri Griffith, together with top supply chain professionals from leading companies, will take the stage.
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