Vermont, Florida and Colorado are working on plans to allow residents to purchase certain prescription drugs from Canada, and the concept has the support of President Donald Trump. Previous efforts to allow Canadian drugs to be purchased by US residents have failed, and the current iterations are limited to certain types of medications, prompting skepticism that they will make much difference.
Leaders who share personal stories, even the painful ones, will build trust with team members and give them permission to be honest, writes Alaina Love. "Stories spark transformation in ourselves, in others and in our organizations," she writes.
Summit Electric Supply co-founder and CEO Victor Jury credits geographic diversification for part of the company's success, with 26 locations and more than 600 employees. Summit has also been successful because the company helps customers solve problems instead of merely selling products, Jury said.
Some sellers are concerned that Amazon's reactive approach to counterfeiting is insufficient, writes David Streitfeld. Publishers such as Antimicrobial Therapy say they have integrated more closely with Amazon in an attempt to reduce the sale of counterfeit items, although "we felt like we didn't have a choice," says Antimicrobial Therapy executive Scott Kelly.
Distributors can strengthen customer relationships through automated reordering systems to protect against supply-chain volatility, writes Ron Schroeder.
United States Steel will idle two furnaces next month, one in Gary, Ind., and one near Detroit, for maintenance and upgrades. The company says it will still reach a 5% increase in production this year because of upgrades to other plants as part of $1.5 billion renovation program.
An art installation looking at the effects of mass incarceration will be on display at Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury, Vt., through next June. "It's rare for companies to have organizing theories, but our way of organizing and trying to drive social impact and systemic change is by increasing awareness around systemic issues, engaging our fan base on those issues, and ultimately encouraging them to take action," says Jabari Paul of Ben & Jerry's.
Three of the four last presidents issued directives to create plans to protect critical US infrastructure, of which 85% is owned privately. There are four key steps to preparing your infrastructure in case of emergency, writes Ernie Hayden, who offers a step-by-step guide to registering with the government.
The job of a chief procurement officer has evolved and is now less about purchasing and more about working with other C-suite executives, says Marcell Vollmer, SAP Ariba's chief digital officer. "One very important thing that AI does is simply automate certain parts of the procurement process, which frees up CPOs to be concentrated on more strategic activities and look at organizational trends outside their own department," he says.
Some fear that automation will eliminate the job of the average industrial worker, but only 9% of jobs are predicted to be fully automated, says researcher Georgios Petropoulos. He notes that low-to-medium skilled workers will mostly be affected by industrial internet of things, but new jobs in other sectors will balance out unemployment.