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Learn from German Success: Apprenticeships to Fill Skills Gaps

Published September 12, 2014 According to today's Wall Street Journal, although there is federal and state attention being placed on building apprenticeship programs to fill the skills gaps, it is off to a slow start. According to my research, 87% are experiencing skills gaps. Why not consider options to [...]

Amazon & US Postal Service Collaborate for Success

Published September 5, 2014 According to today's Wall Street Journal, Amazon and the US Postal Service are testing a new delivery service for groceries including meat, produce etc. They already partner on Sunday deliveries and are expanding their collaboration efforts to see if this new model can be successful. [...]

Apple & Google use innovation to address skills gap – are you?

Published August 29, 2014 According to today's Wall Street Journal, Apple and Google are on the hunt for software prodigies to develop apps. They see advantages in younger thinking (13 year old whiz kids are becoming more common). It is also a new avenue to find talent. As evidenced [...]

2020-10-05T20:15:36+00:00August 29, 2014|Categories: I've Been Thinking|

Are You Prepared for a Systems Failure?

Published August 22, 2014 According to today's Wall Street Journal, the U.S.'s largest drugstore chain Walgreens had a database glitch and customers were unable to fill prescriptions. The database issue hit 8200 pharmacy locations. Some customers were inconvenienced while others might be waiting in excruciating pain for the system [...]

Fit Matters! Just Ask J.C. Penney

Published August 15, 2014 According to today's Wall Street Journal, J.C. Penney's climb out from potential imminent disaster continued last month. J.C. Penney reported higher sales, wider margins and a smaller quarterly loss. Although that might not seem like much to celebrate, it is a night and day difference [...]

2020-10-05T20:17:22+00:00August 15, 2014|Categories: I've Been Thinking|Tags: , , |

McDonald’s Proves Quality Must Be An Assumption

Published August 8, 2014 According to today's Wall Street Journal, McDonald's July sales were DOWN by 2.5% - the worst in over 10 years! A significant contributor to this weak performance was due to the meat-supplier scandal in China affecting its sales in Asia and Africa. As businesses try [...]

Making Your Company Attractive to Potential Employees

Published August 1, 2014 According to today's Wall Street Journal, employers have added over 200,000 jobs for six months in a row. Employers are ramping up investment in their businesses again. I'm seeing my clients realize that they need to fill skills gaps especially with today's complex supply chains. [...]

2020-10-05T20:19:17+00:00August 1, 2014|Categories: I've Been Thinking, Skills Gap|Tags: , , , |

Failure is the Friend of Innovation

Published July 26, 2014 According to a recent survey by KPMG LLP, although executives are increasingly confident about their companies and the broader economy, they are concerned about competition and their products' relevance long-term. I find that my clients must innovate in today's new normal business environment, if only [...]

2020-10-05T20:20:01+00:00July 26, 2014|Categories: I've Been Thinking|

A Tip to Make Sure Innovative Service Remains Top of Mind

Published July 18, 2014 According to today's Wall Street Journal, Amazon is thinking of offering an unlimited reading service - a game changer! Amazon certainly epitomizes innovation as they continue to make waves with Sunday deliveries, the possibility of drones, and now unlimited reading services. According to my new [...]

An Immediately Implementable Tip to Retain Your Top Supply Chain Talent

Published July 11, 2014 According to a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers survey, 63% of CEOs in 68 countries are concerned about the future availability of key skills at all levels. This not only supports my firm's skills gap research but also is proven true on a daily basis with my clients, [...]

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