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Direct Investment in Emerging Companies -- A Different Game
Direct Investment in Emerging Companies -- A Different Game
Dawson, David CView Profile; Collons, Rodger DView Profile. Journal of the American Society of CLU & ChFC40. 6 (Nov 1986):

Successful venture-capital investing demands expertise in assessing business plans and especially the ability of the management team to execute them. To participate in quality deals, the investor must have a plan, a clear commitment, and a high level of credibility. A successful investment plan should focus on 3 or 4 broad investment areas. Prospective investors usually communicate their plans to the venture capital community by publishing their screening and investment criteria. Typical screening criteria relate to: 1. technical investment areas, 2. geography, 3. resource requirements, and 4. size of business. Investment criteria may relate to the total amount to commit, the timing of investments, and the amount to invest in each situation. Once the investment plan and program have been developed, investment selection, management, and monitoring begin. There must be procedures in place to perform the following functions on an ongoing basis: 1. investment evaluation, 2. assessment of co-investors, 3. follow up on investment, and 4. board representation.
ProQuest  start_ups  private_equity  privately_held_companies  quality  venture_capital  vc  investors  team_risk  co-investing  screening  criteria  boards_&_directors_&_governance 
october 2012 by jerryking
Food Traceability
Apr 2004 | Amber Waves pg. 14 | Golan, Elise;Krissoff, Barry;Kuchler, Fred
ProQuest  food  traceability  tracking 
september 2012 by jerryking
The Team Advantage (Part 1)
Feb 1992 | American Printer pg. 34 | Michael PO'Connor & Becky
ProQuest  teams 
july 2012 by jerryking
Champions of Change: Identifying, Understanding, and Supporting Champions of Technological Innovations - ProQuest
Summer 1990 | Organizational Dynamics | Christopher Higgins & Jane Howell.

This article presents the results of 25 interviews of personnel managers who were able to promote changes in business organizations through different methods of human resource management. Extremely high self-confidence, persistence, energy, and risk taking are the hallmark personality characteristics of champions. Champions show extraordinary confidence in themselves and their mission. They are motivated by a passionate belief, and enthusiasm about, the nature of the technology and what it can do for the company. Related to their self-confidence is the champions' capacity to cling tenaciously to their ideas and to persist in promoting them despite frequent obstacles and seemingly imminent failures. By actively promoting their ideas, often by repeating the same arguments over and over, champions overcome the opposition. Inexhaustible energy the unflagging vitality, is also a salient characteristic of champions. In many cases, champions willingly risk their position and prestige to ensure the innovation's success. Interestingly, while champions claim to be risk takers, many of them psychologically minimize the amount of personal risk associated with their involvement in the innovation.
Ivey  change  change_management  champions  ProQuest  leadership  personality_types/traits  change_agents  eels  personal_risk  self-confidence  mission-driven 
july 2012 by jerryking
Oct 2006 | Canadian Grocer | David Menzies.
ProQuest  grocery  supermarkets  Longo's  trends 
july 2012 by jerryking
RETAIL intelligence: PET CATEGORY -
Oct 2006 | Canadian Grocer | Anonymous.
ProQuest  pets  grocery 
july 2012 by jerryking
Oct 2006 | Canadian Grocer 120. 8 (): 38-39,41,43. | Andrew Allentuck

Wal-Mart's success in the U.S. was built on conquering the fragmented and relatively inefficient grocery market, says [John Chamberlain]. But Canada is likely to be different. "It it were a slam dunk, Wal-Mart's Supercentres would have been here a lot sooner. If you read into the time they have taken to arrive, there is a recognition that this market is going to be very challenging." As award-winning Business Week senior writer Anthony Bianco said, in The Bully of Bentonville (Random House, 2006), "It is far from certain that even Wal-Mart can thrive in a Wal-Mart world."

What will Canadian retail grocery be like a few years down the road? Chamberlain figures that Wal-Mart will take over packaged goods. "It can dominate the field. Everybody knows what a box of detergent should cost and nobody wants to pay 40% more at a competitor," he says. By sheer massive buying power, with savings passed along to consumers, Wal-Mart will take a lot of the centre store grocery. Rut in differentiated goods, from lettuce to meat, bakery to meal replacement, the market may not tumble to Wal-Mart. To the extent that people are prepared to pay more for quality or even just differentiation, Wal-Mart will have trouble maintaining its winner-takes-it-all momentum, he suggests.

There is also the union question. In China, faced with the pro-union policy of the incumbent government, the company has agreed to work with them. Chinese unions are not trenchant opponents of management. Rather, they work at "promoting good relations between employers and workers," reports the Wall Street journal. If unions did capture Wal-Mart Supercentres, they might raise payroll costs and hinder the company's aggressive cost reduction strategy. Wal-Mart may remain hostile to unions in North America. It shut its Jonquière, Que. store after it was certified by the United Food and Commercial Workers union. The February 2005 shutdown sent a message that was undeniably clear. Bomb threats and temporary store closings followed, Bianco recalls. The cost of Wal-Mart's image was huge, but, as Bianco admits, "The allure of cut-rate prices and convenient locations is not easily resisted."
ProQuest  buying_power  Wal-Mart  grocery  Metro  Sobeys  Loblaws  fragmented_markets  retailers  CPG  winner-take-all 
july 2012 by jerryking
Keeping things shipshape
Keeping things shipshape
Thornton, John
Public Finance; May 1-May 7, 2009; ProQuest
pg. 22
ProQuest  tools 
july 2012 by jerryking
Recycled content and hot paper markets -
Mar 1996 | Graphic Arts Monthly pg. 52 | Michael J.Ducey
recycling  ProQuest  pulp_&_paper 
july 2012 by jerryking
Leisure revenue management
Oct 2001 | Journal of Leisure Property |Ian Yeoman; Una McMahon-Beattie; and Ros Sutherland.

Leisure revenue management (RM or yield management) marries the issues of supply, demand and price, when the organisation is constrained by capacity. By using time' as the unit of inventory, the authors explore a typology of the characteristics of RM that pertain to the leisure experience, and set out to explain the process of RM through a holistic model which brings benefits to managing leisure properties and events.
ProQuest  yield_management  inventories  revenue_management  operational_research  leisure 
july 2012 by jerryking
Colleges Aim for Niche in Online Banking
October 26 2001 | The Chronicle of Higher Education48. 9 (Oct 26, 2001): A33-A34. | Audrey Y. Williams.

Drexel University last year became the first university to open a bank online. Several other colleges are now doing the same. A private-label Internet bank is a low-cost way to build and maintain crucial connections with far-flung alumni. The Drexel enterprise grew out of a conversation between Constantine N. Papadakis, the university's president, and a longtime friend, Betsy Z. Cohen, chief executive of They agreed that the Internet-banking company, which provides financial services to affinity groups -- people with common ties to employers or organizations -- would set up, a consumer bank for students, faculty and staff members, and alumni. The bank is named after the university's founder, the late Philadelphia financier Anthony J. Drexel.
ProQuest  Colleges_&_Universities  financial_services  students 
july 2012 by jerryking
Victim, bully or both?
18 Sep 2001 | The Globe and Mail A.16. |Christopher Levenson.

Once the smoke has cleared from Manhattan, I hope ordinary Americans -- surely among the least politically sophisticated and most insular of major world populations -- will finally begin to ask themselves what is behind the rhetorical smokescreen about the U.S. being the "beacon of liberty" and the "leader of the free world" that could make millions of ordinary people around the world hate them so much. Nothing can ever justify the horrendous loss of innocent lives in last Tuesday's terrorist attacks, but this horror and anger must be accompanied by introspection.

Many, especially in the Third World, have every justification for hating America because of its economic imperialism. This is not just a matter of overt military intervention, as in Chile, Nicaragua or El Salvador. It is also a matter of inaction: failure to adequately fund UN agencies, failure to support the ABM treaty and the refusal to sign on to the Kyoto agreement.

Until Americans realize that, in virtually all eyes except their own, they are an imperialist power in a world that is crying out for co-operation and long-term people-to-people assistance, we can only expect the hatred, and with it the terrorism, to get even worse.
letters_to_the_editor  anti-Americanism  ProQuest  Margaret_Wente  9/11  U.S.foreign_policy  moral_equivalencies 
july 2012 by jerryking
The madness followed me home -
15 Sep 2001 | The Globe and Mail F.2.| by John Stackhouse.

The boys left and returned with a tray bearing bottles of warm Pepsi, which the professors of fanaticism opened and shared with us. They said they had allowed us this rare visit on one condition: We had to swear we were not American.

Sultan hated the place. "We will go to America with the gun," he warned as we sipped our Pepsi.

He described bin Laden not as a man but an "institution," and he claimed that in the 1980s, he left the Pakistani air force to fight in Afghanistan with the infamous Saudi millionaire turned jihad warrior. Americans had trained them in the weaponry they used to repel the Russians, he said, but now he hated them as well as the old Communists. (Pepsi, he explained, wasn't American -- it was made in Pakistan.)

Sultan also said he planned to go to the United States. Rereading my notes this week, I was forced to pause. "First, we will ask them [Americans] to take up Islam," he said. "If they don't, then we will use the gun."

I guess I should have asked him whether he planned to use his piloting skills as well; after all, we discussed the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and Sultan was eager to say how much he despised New York and all its opulence. It was, he said, a city run by Jews.

"The Jews are the real terrorists," added Saeed, his superior. I glanced at Suzanne, under her bed sheet, and wondered whether they had any inkling she's Jewish.

But sitting on the floor of a school in rural Punjab, Manhattan's renaissance just seemed so far away that it wasn't worth probing. This gang had far better targets close by, I thought. Hindus in India, Shia Muslims down the road, the Scotch-swillers in Lahore.

After Sultan's vitriol against Jews, Saeed made a point of saying how terrorism was, in his mind, a very bad word. Terrorism involves the killing of innocent people, while jihad is about helping the poor and oppressed -- although sometimes those who get in the way have to be killed. Those were crazy times in Pakistan. The United States had just rained missiles on Afghanistan, and a few had fallen short, crashing on Pakistani soil.
John_Stackhouse  ProQuest  Pakistan  madrassas  Wahhabism 
july 2012 by jerryking
Please don't blame the American victims -
19 Sep 2001| The Globe and Mail A.14 |editorial

"The towers of the World Trade Center had barely settled into the ground before Canadian critics began suggesting that the Americans may have brought this disaster on themselves. In letters to the editor, opinion columns and talk shows, these critics have leaped to explain why U.S. foreign policy laid the ground for last week's attacks. "..."Anti-American sentiment is hardly new in Canada. There has always been a camp that considers the United States to be the root of all evil. But to see it emerge now, when Americans are still in the depths of their grief, is disturbing. Have these people no sense of decency? What sort of person kicks a neighbour when he is down? How would we feel if Americans began lecturing us on the error of our ways so soon after a national tragedy? "..."Of course, the anti-Americans are always careful to hide their barbs in a cloak of sympathy. Terrorism, they intone, is wrong, and the attacks on New York and Washington were a tragedy. But remember, they go on, the Americans have done some nasty things too. What about My Lai and other U.S. atrocities in the Vietnam war? What about the U.S. bombing of Cambodia? What about CIA support for the Pinochet regime in Chile?

Funny, but that is just what the terrorists say. It is a staple of militant rhetoric to argue that the United States is the real terrorist on the world stage. In the terrorist view, the United States is so evil, so destructive, that any attack on Americans is justified -- even an attack that kills thousands of innocent civilians.

This should go without saying, but there is no parallel -- no moral equivalence -- between what the terrorists did last week and what the United States may have done in the past. Whatever mistakes, and even crimes, that Washington may have committed in its role as a global superpower, these do not begin to explain, much less excuse, what was done last week. Even a schoolboy knows that two wrongs don't make a right, and these wrongs were of entirely different orders. Yet the anti-Americans drone on, telling us that we must see Sept. 11 "in context" -- the context of U.S. hegemony, U.S. imperialism, U.S.-led globalization. "
ProQuest  editorials  anti-Americanism  9/11  U.S.foreign_policy  root_cause  moral_equivalencies  world_stage 
july 2012 by jerryking
A terrifying brush with a new kind of hate
29 Oct 2001 | The Globe and Mail A.3.|by Stephanie Nolen.

Never before have I encountered the kind of naked hate I did from these men....this wasn't just about the West: This was about me as a woman, working on my own. Other white, female reporters in Islamabad talk of having stones thrown at them, of being molested and struck by devout men at the protests....
...So what do the men at the protest see when they look at me?

I put the question to a series of Pakistani men and women, well-off and less so, religious and secular. They reminded me that fundamentalists represent perhaps 5 per cent of Pakistan's population, and expressed horror at the men's behaviour. But they couldn't explain it.

Then I asked Farzana Bari, who heads the Center for Women's Studies at Qaid-i-Avam University in Islamabad. She sighed and pushed her dark hair off her face.

"Out of the entire Western civilization, the Western woman is THE threat for a conservative Muslim man. They will hate you more than men, because you are what will happen if Western civilization wins. They think, this is what our women will be like."

She noted that women who are struggling for their rights in Muslim countries are labelled Western as the ultimate pejorative. "The first thing that someone who is trying to project himself as a pious Muslim man does is to put his women into purdah ," she said, referring to the sequestering of women.

The Taliban banned women from all public roles within days of seizing power in 1996, despite both economic imperatives and cultural traditions that worked against it. They do so, she said, because restricting women's access to public space is something men can do easily -- unlike other ways of Islamizing society, such as instituting an interest-free economy to honour the Islamic prohibition against usury. That fails wherever it is tried.

"For things like that, men have to change," Prof. Bari said.
ProQuest  Stephanie_Nolen  Pakistan  Wahhabism  misogyny  economic_imperatives 
july 2012 by jerryking
Mr. Blair's dream
04 Oct 2001 | The Globe and Mail A.18.| editorials

Tony Blair is a masterly public speaker, and his speech on Tuesday was a masterpiece of the art of oratory. Facing a Labour Party conference in Brighton, England, but addressing the world, the British Prime Minister talked with passion and clarity about the great struggle that lies ahead.

Every one of us knows we are in for a fight of some kind. But what kind? If this is a "war on terrorism," what are its aims?

Mr. Blair spoke of two. The first is obvious: to destroy the terrorist menace....The second aim of the struggle ahead is much broader. It is not enough, Mr. Blair said, just to shut down the terrorist network and bring its masterminds to justice. This battle must lead to something more.

"Out of the shadow of this evil," he said, "should emerge lasting good." That means not just destruction of the machinery of terrorism, but "hope amongst all nations of a new beginning where we seek to resolve differences in a calm and ordered way; greater understanding between nations and between faiths; and above all justice and prosperity for the poor and dispossessed."
ProQuest  editorials  Tony_Blair  9/11  United_Kingdom 
july 2012 by jerryking
Arabs and free trade -
13 May 2003 |The Globe and Mail A.18 | editorials

The decades-old Arab economic boycott of Israel is a "cut off your nose to spite your face" kind of measure -- hurtful to Israel's Western-oriented economy but equally damaging to Arab economies, which would benefit from trade with the Middle East's strongest player.

In a sense, though, the boycott is standard fare among Arab countries. They don't simply close their borders to Israeli products; they close them to each other's products, too. Arab states have some of the global economy's highest tariff barriers, averaging 20 per cent or more. Many, including Saudi Arabia, are not even members of the World Trade Organization.

It has been almost 30 years since the oil embargo against the West, which proved to be the high-water mark for Arab economic influence. Since then, Arab countries have failed to diversify, even into oil-related products such as petrochemicals. Dependence on fluctuating oil revenues has only grown. Meanwhile, according to the International Monetary Fund, many Arab countries maintain greater state control over their economies than existed in the old Soviet bloc.

Per-capita incomes, unsurprisingly, are declining. The gross domestic product of the entire Arab world is less than Spain's, and only four-fifths of Canada's. Last year, Arab countries received less foreign investment than did Sweden.
ProQuest  editorials  Middle_East  Arab-Muslim_world  boycotts  decline  global_economy 
july 2012 by jerryking
Immigrants Make Up Big, But Ignored, Niche
Nov 2002 | American Banker | Davenport, Todd Davenport.

Bank of America Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co. are among the banking companies that now let Mexican immigrants open bank accounts with a matricula consular, a form of basic identification offered by the Mexican consulate. Bank of America's pilot program to accept the matricula was so well received that it extended the program to all states on June 1. "The word is definitely out there among the immigrant communities," said Gillian Breidenbach, a spokeswoman for the Charlotte company.

Wells Fargo said it has opened 60,000 accounts since it started accepting the matricula a year ago. It now recognizes a similar card from the Guatemalan consulate and is "in conversations with other Latin American countries" to expand the program, said Wells spokeswoman Miriam Galicia Duarte. The San Francisco company is also talking with officials in the Philippines about the program, she said

The programs are popular, but it may be too early to say if they are profitable. Maintaining low-balance accounts is a costly proposition for a bank, and the means to recoup those expenses could deter consumers. Checking accounts with limited transactions, perhaps tied to a remittance product, could be a solution. Banks apparently need to be creative (in providing services) and patient.
immigrants  remittances  ProQuest  Mexican  niches  underserved  unbanked  pilot_programs 
june 2012 by jerryking
Distribution and entrepreneurship
9 Sep 2004 | Industrial Distribution |Jack Keough

The entrepreneurial spirit lives on in industrial distribution. Despite the consolidation that has occurred in the industrial distribution marketplace, most distribution companies are still independent, family-owned businesses. In fact, Industrial Distribution's 58th Annual Survey of Distributor Operations shows that nearly 78% of distributorships are still family-owned enterprises. It's equally important to note that many of these companies have been around for more than 50 years, and some - 2% of the 800 respondents - have passed the century mark. But there are still a number of distributorships that have started up in the past several years.
ProQuest  distribution_channels  entrepreneurship  family-owned_businesses 
june 2012 by jerryking
Beyond borders
November 2003 | Credit Union Management | Charlene Komar Storey

Focuses on ways credit unions are helping immigrants in the U.S. Immigrants' perceptions of credit unions; Changes in credit union policies aimed at accommodating the financial needs of immigrants; Keys to credit unions' success in attracting immigrant business. ...Although some banks and credit unions have been working hard to attract immigrants, not all immigrants have rushed to embrace the bank concept. Many have brought traditional savings and loan set-ups with them, and prefer these known structures to turning over their money to unfamiliar and unknown institutions.

Most revolve around rotating credit clubs. Korean immigrants call their associations kyes; Pakistanis, kommittis; and ethnic Chinese in the United States, huis. West Indian, Dominican and Tunisian immigrant communities have similar associations.
ProQuest  immigrants  credit_unions 
june 2012 by jerryking
Honest brokering is nice work -- if you can get it -
11 Aug 2006 | The Globe and Mail A.17 | by Clifford Orwin.

Doubtless, there are dishonest brokers, but it pays to be an honest one. It's only if parties see you as honest that they'll choose to deal through you. And you have no reason to favour either party: Wheat or rye, bauxite or bdellium, it's all the same to you. Broker a deal that makes the parties happy, pocket your percentage, and you'll be happy, too. One of them may be unhappy tomorrow, but that's his worry: Your commission is non-refundable.
ProQuest  Clifford_Orwin  Lebanon  2006  Hezbollah  Iran  Israel 
june 2012 by jerryking
What should Muslims do?
08 July 2005 | The Globe and Mail A.19.| Irshad Manji.

Today marks Islam's holiest day of the week, when the most important sermons -- known as khutbas -- are delivered in mosques everywhere. And that's why Muslims around the world face a test in the next several hours. Assuming we're serious that Islam means peace, we must demand that our Friday khutbas denounce London's terrorist explosions in unambiguous terms.

Here's what I predict will happen instead. The preachers will express condolences for the victims and condemnation for the criminals. Then they'll add, "But Britain should have never invited this response by joining America in Iraq."

The trouble with this line of reasoning is that terrorists have never needed an Iraq debacle to justify their violent jihads . What exactly was the Iraq of 1993, when Islamic radicals tried to blow up the World Trade Center? Or of 2000, when the USS Cole was attacked? That came after U.S. military intervention saved thousands of Muslims in Bosnia. If staying out of Iraq protected anybody from terrorism, then why did "insurgents" last year kidnap two journalists from France -- the most anti-war, anti-Bush nation in the West? Even solidarity with the Iraqi people, demonstrated by CARE's top relief worker in the area, Margaret Hassan, didn't shield her from assassination.

These are the facts that Muslims must take to their preachers at today's sermons. A clear repudiation of the London bombings won't bring back the dead. What it can do is help the rest of the world differentiate between the moderates and the apologists.
ProQuest  moderates  Irshad_Manji  Muslim  Islamic 
june 2012 by jerryking
Apr 9, 2007| The Lawyer | by Trevor Davies,a senior partner at Davies Lavery

The product recall insurance market and issues facing insurers and insureds

Cadbury reportedly made significant but incomplete recoveries from its insurers in relation to the salmonella product recall costs. As a huge and profitable company, Cadbury was presumably better able than many to cope with the financial impact of the uninsured losses. Yet outside certain sectors (notably food and pharmaceuticals) product recall insurance remains less widely purchased than might be expected, despite the fact that the London market has historically provided an expansive range of suitable insurance products.

It would be surprising if the demand for product recall insurance does not grow. Companies looking at product recall insurance should understand that having a product recall strategy ready in advance is a good idea. The existence of such a strategy will directly affect the rating of risk. A company should also have in place systems in advance to record its additional costs in order to support any claim against insurers for such costs.

In short, commercial manufacturers and suppliers should check that they have the appropriate recall cover well in advance of the day they might have to use it so as to avoid being left with egg on their faces.
product_recalls  ProQuest  Cadbury  United_Kingdom  insurance  uninsured 
june 2012 by jerryking
Planning for and Implementing a Product Recall
July 2007 | Defense Counsel Journal | David G. Wix; Peter J. Mone

* The importance of foreseeing and planning for multijurisdiction product recalls cannot be overemphasized.
* Product recalls can present a major crisis for a manufacturer, potentially involving adverse media publicity, and in the case of a public company, a negative effect on stock price. A product recall that is not handled properly, effectively, and efficiently can result in permanent damage to the product brand, reduced profits, and loss of reputation and goodwill with consumers.
* The immediate priority of every product recall should be to bring the product risk to the attention of affected consumers and to enable them to adopt the company's chosen corrective measures as quickly as possible.

I. Before a Safety Issue Arises

A. Plan for a Global Product Recall In Advance
B. Learn and Improve From Past Recalls
C. Know Your Products: How They Are Made and Where They Are Distributed

II. Once a Safety Issue Arises
A. Take Action As Soon As You Learn of a Potential Safety Issue
B. Understand the Risk - And Be Prepared To Defend Your Decision Whether To Recall

III. Implementing a Product Recall
A. Select the Most Appropriate Communication Methods
B. Make the Recall Easy for Customers
C. Get the Notification Right the First Time
D. Coordinate Across Jurisdictions
E. Monitor Progress

IV. Conclusion
ProQuest  product_recalls  anticipating  frameworks  crisis 
june 2012 by jerryking
Dell should listen - product recalls can be good
August 16, 2006 | Financial Times | NIRMALYA KUMAR and NADER TAVASSOLI

* Companies need to realise that such crises are about more than simply minimising legal liabilities. The challenge is not to allow a product recall to threaten the entire brand or company.
* Understandably, companies may feel threatened by a deluge of press inquiries, but speed and clarity of response is essential. The media may be converted into an ally, and internally it is vital to maintain staff morale. (JCK: the platform can help here).
* This team's priority should be immediately to assess the source and potential impact of the crisis. Who was hurt? Does it require free servicing, partial recall or total recall? Of course, preparation helps.
* The brand also needs to consider how to get back on its feet.
* A product failure is a moment of truth. A poorly managed response can unmask a brand promise as a hollow boast.
ProQuest  crisis  crisis_management  crisis_response  brands  branding  brand_purpose  Dell  failure  moments_of_truth  preparation  product_recalls  threats  turnarounds 
june 2012 by jerryking
Producers slam tougher U.S. tests for Canadian meat, poultry -
05 Nov 2007| The Globe and Mail A.4. |Bertrand Marotte.

Products from Rancher's Beef sold by the Topps Meat Co. were linked last month to an E. coli outbreak that sickened about 40 people in the United States. Topps was forced out of business after a massive recall in September. Rancher's Beef - which was set up partly to help Alberta beef producers recover from the 2003 mad-cow crisis - also had to cease operations.
ProQuest  product_recalls  crossborder  E._Coli  Topps 
june 2012 by jerryking
Spread Thin by Massive Product Recall, Merkt Cheese Slowly Revives Sales - ProQuest
Jensen, DaveView Profile. The Business Journal10. 3 (Oct 24, 1992): 8
Nothing can turn a company upside down like a product recall. Just ask Thomas Merkt. In a matter of days last spring, his $15 million company, Bristol-based Merkt Cheese Co. Inc., went from being a quiet but profitable firm to a highly visible one facing losses for the next three to six years. Along the roller-coaster ride, Merkt has had a crash course in dealing with the press, and learned how difficult it is to regain retail shelf space once it has been lost. All because of one random test that indicated the presence of a bacteria commonly found in nature. (excerpt)
product_recalls  ProQuest  public_relations  randomness 
june 2012 by jerryking
Gain a competitive edge by preventing recalls
Aug 2003 | Quality Progress pg. 41.| Tavor White & Renata Pomponi.

Product recalls are a serious problem for consumer products companies. A conservative estimate indicates each recall costs more than $8 million on average to the company in reimbursement to consumers, recall execution costs and compensatory damages from litigation. This translates into a cost of more than $6 billion a year to the consumer products industry. The estimate does not include lost sales due to reduced marketplace credibility and lost market share. Companies can sharply reduce product safety risk and the number of recalls by implementing best practices to improve product safety and quality. Consumer products companies are under intense pressure to commercialize new products as quickly as possible. This pressure to get products out quickly means safety checks and balances are often overlooked. Consumer products companies can adopt both preventive and proactive practices to sharply reduce product safety risk and resultant costs. Some companies apply these practices and manage safety issues well enough to use their safety record and high quality as a competitive advantage. These companies have institutionalized best practices and achieved impressive results...If rushing a product to market before it is ready results in a costly product recall, however, then the decrease in time to market comes at the expense of time to profitability-a more meaningful measure....In fact, our root cause analysis of product recalls found more than 75% can be traced back to shortcomings in product development.
ProQuest  product_recalls  root_cause  product_development  competitive_advantage  checks_and_balances 
june 2012 by jerryking
A country with poverty that's no longer poor
Jimenez, Marina The Globe and Mail [Toronto, Ont] 06 June 2012: A.16.
Mexico  Marina_Jiménez  ProQuest 
june 2012 by jerryking
Why Canada lags in cloud computing -
Why Canada lags in cloud computing
Rockel, Nick. The Globe and Mail [Toronto, Ont] 09 Feb 2012: B.15.
ProQuest  cloud_computing  Canada 
june 2012 by jerryking
Who's falsifying?
12 Dec 2001 | The Globe and Mail A.18. | Ismail Zayid.
It is Ed Morgan (letter -- Dec. 11) and not Rick Sautin who is indulging in falsified history. The homeland of Moshe Dayan and Yitzhak Rabin was not, in June of 1967, "under attack by its surrounding countries." It was Israel that planned and initiated that war against Egypt, Syria and Jordan. Israel's own leaders at the time testify to that, confirming that Gamal Abdel Nasser had no intention of attacking Israel.
ProQuest  Rick_Salutin  1967  Israel  Middle_East  Mideast_Peace  Arab  Six-Day_War  war  conflicts  letters_to_the_editor 
june 2012 by jerryking
"Sailing Was Boring" ProQuest
Leonard, Burr. Forbes140. 2 (Jul 27, 1987): 50.

By 1981, when he decided to retire, Lou Purmort had built US Filter Co., the company he started 28 years before, into one of the largest water and air pollution control companies in the world. Purmort soon became bored with retirement and decided to go back to work. He decided to found American Toxxic Control, a hazardous waste management company that, now, after only 7 months, is already profitable. While most of American Toxxic's competitors specialize in only a few types of toxic waste treatment, Purmort's company will make toxic control equipment and design and build on-site waste management facilities to minimize or recycle all types of toxic waste. Purmort is building American Toxxic as he built US Filter -- acquiring small companies for stock, cash, or both. He first merged American Toxxic Control into a solar energy shell company named Novan. Since then, he has paid 7 million Novan shares and $1 million in cash to acquire 4 engineering and equipment companies, each specializing in a different aspect of waste toxic treatment technology.
ProQuest  retirement  serial_entrepreneur  seniorpreneurs  Second_Acts 
may 2012 by jerryking
Second acts
Second acts
Anonymous. Harvard Business Review80. 12 (Dec 2002): 10.
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Knowledge workers outlive organizations, and they are mobile. Management consultant Peter Drucker says the need to manage oneself is therefore creating a revolution in human affairs. A recently completed study of dozens of men and women - managers and other professionals in their 30s, 40s, and 50s - who attempted to change careers in midstream found that some failed and some succeeded. The study concluded that the best way to escape from an unsatisfying career was to stop thinking and start doing. Professionals have to work their way into a new way of working. Managing career transitions is not only important for individuals, it is crucial for companies as well.
Second_Acts  HBR  knowledge_workers  ProQuest  Peter_Drucker  execution  transitions  Managing_Your_Career 
may 2012 by jerryking
Opportunities for Entrepreneurship in Later Life
Opportunities for Entrepreneurship in Later Life
Rogoff, Edward G
Generations; Spring 2007; 31, 1; ProQuest
pg. 90
ProQuest  entrepreneurship  retirement  Second_Acts  seniorpreneurs 
may 2012 by jerryking
Electrolux potboiler plays to single man's inner maid
18 July 2006 | The Globe and Mail : B.6. | Alex Dobrota.
retailers  ProQuest 
april 2012 by jerryking
Take that washer for a spin (cycle) first
03 Aug 2004 | The Globe and Mail B.1.| Marina Strauss.

Maytag stores are the latest example of "experience retailing," where merchants pour extra money into in-store setups that allow shoppers to actually use or experience products before deciding on a purchase.

In an increasingly low-margin, cutthroat sector, letting consumers test-drive merchandise can give retailers an edge over rivals, observers say.
ProQuest  Marina_Strauss  Maytag  experience  experiential_learning  retailers  in-store 
april 2012 by jerryking
Critical maths
.June 2004 | Financial Management | by Mike Brooks.

The basic principle here is to ensure that the timescale of the financing and the grace period for the repayment of the principal and interest matches reasonably closely the timing of the cash flows resulting from owning the asset.
ProQuest  start_ups  small_business  funding  memoranda  private_placements  cash_flows  working_capital 
april 2012 by jerryking
Parks too important to be left just to city hall
03 Dec 2011| The Globe and Mail pg. A.19. | Marcus Gee. The article says the city should also encourage charitable foundations and private companies to sponsor public parks, especially in low-income neighbourhoods with lots of new immigrants. The Toronto Public Library Foundation, he notes, has raised more than $50-million for libraries. Why not revitalize the low-key Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation and make it a heavy-hitting fundraiser for parks?
parks  Toronto  Marcus_Gee  philanthropy  charities  ProQuest  low-key  city_hall 
january 2012 by jerryking
Corporate incentives
Corporate incentives
Quilter, James. Marketing (Mar 9, 2011): 31-32,35.
Brian_Makse  ProQuest 
december 2011 by jerryking
Putting on the Ritz For the rich marketing to the wealthy With so many luxury projects, GTA marketers are going to extremes
May 8, 2010. pg. 1 | Toronto Star | Tony Wong.

"This is a great example of marketers fostering tribes, grouping together consumers who have a certain passion for something," says Jay Handelman, an associate professor of marketing at Queen's University in Kingston. "You're not just blatantly pitching a product, you're also providing an emotional connection to the product by selling them a lifestyle. It's about mind and emotion."
ProQuest  luxury  high_net_worth  Michael_Lee-Chin  event_marketing  Oakville  tribes 
december 2011 by jerryking
The Ontario Food Terminal: A unique service for the food industry
The Ontario Food Terminal: A unique service for the food industry
Anonymous. Canadian Grocer118. 10 (Dec 2004/Jan 2005): 40A,40B,40C,40D
food  infrastructure  cold_storage  Toronto  farmers'_markets  supply_chains  OFT  ProQuest 
december 2011 by jerryking
Streets still safe for most people: Four gunfire victims 'known to police,'
three had records; [Toronto Edition]
Christie Blatchford. National Post. Oct 30, 2002. pg. A.17.FR
Christie_Blatchford  ProQuest  Toronto  killings  violence 
november 2011 by jerryking
Jamaicans mourn child slain at party
Nov 18, 2002 |The Globe and Mail. pg. A.14 | Colin Freeze.
ProQuest  killings  violence  Jamaica  Colin_Freeze  silence 
november 2011 by jerryking
Save Jamaica's sons
Nov 18, 2002 | The Globe and Mail pg. A.19 | Trudy Simpson.
ProQuest  Jamaica  killings  violence  youth  Toronto 
november 2011 by jerryking
Freedom to be oneself
Oct 14, 2002 |The Globe and Mail. pg. A.12 | Editorials.

. In dismissing Mr. Powell's position as a reward for mere servility, Mr. Belafonte would deny him the most fundamental of freedoms: to seek and find one's own identity.

This is an insidious form of racism.

It is the flip side of the long-discredited statement, "he's a credit to his race" -- an insistence that each black person carries the burden of his people. White people do not carry such a burden. They are judged as individuals and their behaviour does not rebound on others. In Mr. Belafonte's worldview, black people must behave in a prescribed way (i.e. not join the Republican Party) or else they are, in essence, traitors to their people. That is a suffocating box for anyone.
ProQuest  Harry_Belafonte  Colin_Powell  editorials  identity_politics  slavery  plantations  worldviews 
november 2011 by jerryking
The need for fathers
Nov 29, 2005 | The Globe and Mail. pg. A.20 | Wayne Harris.

I am a Jamaican-born Canadian. It disheartens me to see Selwyn Pieters (Boys Without Dads -- letter, Nov. 28) and others claim that "systemic racism" in institutions and schools is "forcing black kids to drop out" and that this is part of the "big picture" of why black youth is in such a quandary.

Your editorial (The Many Fatherless Boys In Black Families -- Nov. 26) says it like it is. The root cause starts in the home, not the community.

If the fathers were there to guide, teach, nurture and lead, then the community would not have to provide focused counselling and intervention.
ProQuest  letters_to_the_editor  fatherhood  dysfunction  family  systemic_discrimination  the_big_picture 
november 2011 by jerryking
The need for fathers
Nov 29, 2005 | The Globe and Mail pg. A.20 |Brian P.H. Green.

First, no neighbourhood in Toronto is a ghetto. Lodz was a ghetto. Warsaw was a ghetto. Jane/Finch or Malvern certainly are not ghettos. A ghetto has a way in, but no way out. The casual over-use of this word exaggerates the hopelessness of some of Toronto's communities. And it debases the memory of people who were truly persecuted.

Second, if you can't get a "decent job" -- in Toronto, no less -- when the economy is operating at "full capacity," then maybe there's an argument for taking personal responsibility, instead of blaming society or institutionalized racism.
African_Canadians  Toronto  fatherhood  ProQuest  personal_responsibility  ghettos  racism  hopelessness  neighbourhoods  blaming_fingerpointing  letters_to_the_editor 
november 2011 by jerryking
The need for fathers
Nov 29, 2005| The Globe and Mail pg. A.20 | Carol Richards-Sauer.

Your editorial rightly claims we need to admit that the absence of black fathers contributes to social alienation and violent behaviour among some of their sons. The silence that you decry, however, is not universal.

Recently, I have participated in a town-hall meeting and been in the audience at a round-table discussion about gun violence.

Each time, at least one brave black person from the audience spoke about the issue. Each time, their comments sparked little discussion or self-evaluation.

The topic is rarely addressed because too many community leaders, often self-appointed, have become too focused on blaming forces from without that we can't control as primary or sole causes of black disenfranchisement.

We need to recognize also those forces from within that we can control. We need to characterize ourselves not just as people to whom bad things are done (racism, police brutality, school suspensions etc.) but also as people who make choices that sometimes lead to bad results.

This is necessary to make any true change and to win helpful alliances
ProQuest  fatherhood  family  dysfunction  African_Canadians  disenfranchisement  silence  individual_choice  autonomy  violence  killings  family_breakdown  systemic_discrimination  systemic_racism  beyond_one's_control 
november 2011 by jerryking
Boys without dads
Nov 28, 2005| The Globe and Mail. pg. A.14 | Robert Sciuk.

Finally, someone has had the guts to stand up and speak the truth of the dysfunctional family and the impact that growing up fatherless has upon the children and the teens of both sexes within the black communities (The Many Fatherless Boys In Black Families -- editorial, Nov. 26). While The Globe brings to light the issues, it holds back from stating the obvious fact that our government provides financial incentives to perpetuate the situation.

In Canada, we have strong, state-sponsored financial incentives for unwed teenage mothers to have and to keep their children, even in the absence of a caring nuclear family with which to provide a proper upbringing. Perhaps it's time to adjust the way we help these troubled teens to avoid unwanted conceptions rather than reward them financially for having babies.
ProQuest  letters_to_the_editor  silence  African_Canadians  courage  dysfunction  family  fatherhood  family_breakdown  out-of-wedlock 
november 2011 by jerryking
Fatherless, yes, but no statistic
Oct 21, 2010 | The Globe and Mail. pg. A.21 | Haille Bailey-Harris.

So one day, she went to the principal's office and the two of them developed a plan, a sort of intervention to ensure I didn't end up as one of those statistics. This was the plan:

Find other role models. My mom made sure I was surrounded by very positive adults, male and female. I'm lucky to have two big brothers, who've been great father figures, and one of my uncles sort of took me under his wing. And I was lucky to have teachers, two women in particular, who really believed in me.

Create a community family. Big Brothers and Big Sisters provided a great big sister for me. We waited for a big brother for a year, but there weren't enough men willing to join up, they said. And now I have a mentor through their program, too. My mom also enrolled me in programs offered by the school, community centre, church and public library that all helped me to feel accepted.

Nurture a love of reading. Instead of banning me from video games, my mom got me games that also required me to read (like Pokemon) and encouraged me to get books (even comics) that interested me. Gradually, I wanted to read books and, eventually, I wanted to read everything, all the time.

Do community service. My mom and I volunteer in our community because giving back makes you feel good about yourself. I've already finished the required volunteer hours to get my high-school diploma by helping kids read at the public library, and working at a homeless shelter and for the Raptors Foundation.

Eventually, with the help of our battle plan, I grew wiser and realized I had great potential (as do all children, no matter the circumstances). I started to try harder in school, I found better friends and became a role model myself.
ProQuest  African_Canadians  high_schools  self-help  statistics  fatherhood  letters_to_the_editor  strategies  family  dysfunction  role_models  parenting  self-reliance 
november 2011 by jerryking
The wall of silence in Toronto's killings
The Globe and Mail. Toronto, Ont.: Nov 22, 2005. pg. A.22

Young black people tempted to adopt the urban gangster culture in Toronto now know they can kill with impunity. Canada's biggest city is in a full-fledged crisis of violence, and at the heart of it is a wall of silence in parts of the black community that protects killers.

On Friday, one of the most shocking killings in the city's history occurred. An 18-year-old man was shot dead on the steps of a church during the funeral of his 17-year-old best friend. This killing may be unprecedented in North America, says Police Chief Bill Blair, who has discussed it with the heads of several U.S. police departments. Even in Jamaica, which has a murder rate nearly 40 times as high as Toronto's, funerals are apparently off-limits.
ProQuest  killings  silence  African_Canadians  thug_code  Toronto  impunity  Bill_Blair 
november 2011 by jerryking
Separating races is not the answer
Oct 12, 2005 |The Globe and Mail. pg. A.22 |

...And why does it want this? Because black youths are shooting one another in the street. Ergo, says the coalition, society is failing black people. The school system, the justice system and the police are failing them. Even multiculturalism is failing them, because it presupposes an open society of equals rather than the real world in which blacks face racism and discrimination. Multiculturalism "doesn't allow us to focus on communities that are in crisis and need a targeted approach," Margaret Parsons, the executive director of the African Canadian Legal Clinic, told a Toronto newspaper. "It does not address racism."

This is quite stunning. Agencies that have been sitting on the sidelines for years have decided within two months that they have the answer. When community activist Dudley Laws declared in the summer of 2001 that at least 94 black youths had been killed by other black youths since 1996, the silence from black community groups was deafening. Now those groups wish to pick up their ball and bat and go home.

Segregating people by race, voluntary or otherwise, is not a solution. It compounds the problems of poverty, exclusion and related pathologies, including rampant fatherlessness and its flip side, out-of-control youth. Creating separate offices and separate schools, and tearing down behavioural codes that apply to everyone, will send a destructive message to everyone: that people do not have to live together, that separate is not so bad as long as it is equal.
ProQuest  in_the_real_world  segregation  African_Canadians  violence  killings  silence  editorials  dysfunction  fatherhood  family_breakdown 
november 2011 by jerryking
Will Ferrell: One-note wonder
Jul 16, 2004 | The Globe and Mail. pg. R.1 | Johanna Schneller.
ProQuest  Will_Ferrell  funnies  actors  SNL  Johanna_Schneller 
november 2011 by jerryking
A five-step lesson plan for parents
Sep 8, 2004 | The Globe and Mail pg. A.19 | Charles Ungerleider.
ProQuest  parenting  reading  values  mathematics  education  children  schools 
november 2011 by jerryking
The cost of silence
Catherine Sinclair. The Globe and Mail. Toronto, Ont.: Nov 23, 2005. pg. A.18
silence  Toronto  African_Canadians  ProQuest  letters_to_the_editor  killings  deaths  racism  murders 
november 2011 by jerryking
The cost of silence
David Gladstone. The Globe and Mail. Toronto, Ont.: Nov 23, 2005. pg. A.18

For 25 years, I was a principal in the inner city of Toronto and, over all those years, one fact became very clear: Black mothers would not let their children be blamed by a white male authority figure without challenging that authority. A black mother would almost never admit that her child might have been in error in his or her behaviour.

However, I slowly began to understand why. There was no one else around to protect the black mother's child and it made no difference what the child did, the mother was not going to side with white authority against her child. Even when I used black teachers to discuss the issue with the mother, nothing changed.
ProQuest  letters_to_the_editor  African_Canadians  silence  teachers  criminality  murders  killings  deaths 
november 2011 by jerryking
Get mad, we're bein' had, gangsta rap's really bad
Margaret Wente. The Globe and Mail. Toronto, Ont.: Dec 1, 2005. pg. A.31Among the fiercest critics of hip-hop culture is John McWhorter, a black American academic. Two years ago, he wrote a blistering essay called "How hip hop holds blacks back," in which he traced the decline of rap from happy party music to the ugly glorification of thug life, bling, easy money, fast cars and woman-bashing. "Of course, not all hip hop is belligerent or profane," he wrote. "But it's the nastiest rap that sells best, and the nastiest cuts that make a career." Today, hip hop is a billion-dollar industry, and stars such as 50 Cent and Cam'ron Giles are extremely rich.

Mr. McWhorter argues that the attitude and style expressed in the hip-hop "identity" keep blacks down. "Almost all hip hop, gangsta or not, is delivered with a cocky, confrontational cadence that is fast becoming a common speech style among young black males. . . . The problem with such speech and mannerisms is that they make potential employers wary of young black men and can impede a young black's ability to interact comfortably with co-workers and customers. The black community has gone through too much to sacrifice upward mobility to the passing kick of an adversarial hip-hop 'identity.' "
Margaret_Wente  ProQuest  music  hip_hop  decline  John_McWhorter  thug_code  misogyny  sexism  youth 
november 2011 by jerryking
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