A company that aims to be a market leader needs to ensure its staff members are in alignment and eager and motivated to work. A list of steps to generate a motivated office culture includes starting with a solid plan, making sure strategies are coordinated across the organization and clarifying exactly what staff members should be doing.
The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors began providing health insurance to members in January. Coverage is available in 35 states so far, and the association continues to work with the remaining states to provide coverage. The Industrial Supply Association just announced a partnership with NAW to provide health insurance options to ISA members, as well, according to this MDM blog.
A McKinsey Quarterly survey finds that supply chain risk is rising sharply. However, supply chain management isn't keeping pace: most respondents say that their companies aren't meeting strategic goals for it, and relatively few have acted on the global trends with the most influence over supply chains.
Air fares will likely continue to rise, even though oil prices are dropping, experts say. That's because the airline industry expects its fuel costs to soar nearly 50% over the course of the year to $61.2 billion, up from $41.2 billion last year, and airlines will need to make double-digit fare increases to make a profit.
A Supreme Court ruling last year endorsed a
practice among manufacturers requiring retailers to agree to minimum-pricing agreements. Retailers say the price agreements make it difficult for them to compete.