How to Navigate Thorny Ethical Paths

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By Chris Martus In science, the Anna Karenina principle is based on the opening sentence of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Meaning that in any situation with multiple dynamics, an optimal outcome can only be achieved if every factor is positive. In other words, if any factor is missing or inadequate, the entire system … [Read more...]

Seminar provides purchasing playbook

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ISM Seminar spoiler alert: One of the first things instructor Edward F. Cocca does in “Fundamentals of Purchasing: The Building Blocks of World-Class Professionalism” is hold up a blank sheet of paper. “I’ll hold it up and point out that it has boundaries, horizontally and vertically, with a flat plane. It’s defined. That’s theory,” says Cocca, a Scottsdale, Arizona, based consultant and … [Read more...]

Implementing a Corporate Sustainable Living Initiative

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Unilever Sustainable Living Plan ISM2016 session on Tuesday, May 17 Presenter: Craig Gentry, vice president, business development, Unilever Food Solutions North America Unilever is on a sustainable living mission. The company’s Sustainable Living Plan is on the way to help more than 1 billion people improve their health and well-being and enhance their lifestyles as well as halve the … [Read more...]

The Benefits of Sustainable Inventory Management

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By: Andy Hehl, Pine River Group As the trend in green building increases and regulations in the industry drive product choices, consumers are becoming more aware of the direct environmental and economic benefits of this emerging trend. This shift to green building means changes for inventory management, as the adoption of sustainable products could affect stocking decisions and budgets. … [Read more...]

Change Lives, Change the World

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In February, I had the pleasure of attending ISM’s Supply Chain Diversity Summit in Atlanta. The program featured an array of topics ranging from talent diversity on the horizon, to lessons of a high-performing team, to messages about leadership. What was truly inspiring, however, was the opening keynote by Derreck Kayongo. Founder of the Global Soap Project, Kayongo spoke in detail about his … [Read more...]

What’s On Your Mind?

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Executives have shifted their focus — and their worries — from the economy to the challenges that data, technology and the supply chain present to their companies. While a survey of nearly 500 C-suite and senior executives reveal that digital strategies are a top priority, it also finds they consider the supply chain their number-one challenge. In the Global Top of Mind Survey, 38 percent of … [Read more...]

Employees Want Green Workplaces

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If you’re preparing for a big meeting, you may want to rethink printing two dozen copies of that 50-page slide presentation for the attendees. And don’t underestimate the value of those blue recycling bins around the office. Today, employees are more engaged with environmental issues than ever, and research shows they prefer working for companies with green policies. More than 900 workers in … [Read more...]