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To My Dad on Father’s Day

Today is Father's Day, 2021, a well-earned time to recognize, thank and remember how critical of a role it is to be a Father. Hopefully, most will have the chance to spend quality time with their Father or Dad, and thank them for their love, care and support. For me, today is my first Father's …

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Nestlé’s Unhealthy Admission

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/business/nestlé-document-says-majority-of-its-food-portfolio-is-unhealthy/46664032 Global CPG conglomerate Nestlé has admitted that at least 60% of their food/drink products "do not meet a recognized definition of health." In fact, based on the Australian Health Star system, only 37% of Nestlé's food and beverage products meet a 3.5 rating or higher. It's important to remember Nestlé is a global leader …

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Energy Drink Awareness

Energy drinks have become a growth juggernaut in the beverage world. With a 10.5% growth rate in the previous year and almost half of consumers drinking them doing so several times per week, the trends are very favorable in this sector. In fact, according to Statista, global energy drink sales are projected to grow from …

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The Importance of Data Integrity

We have more sources of data and "news" today than ever before. But, as with all great power comes great responsibility, so we need to ensure we are applying critical thinking skills around all this available information. When reviewing a "study" or evaluating a data set or news item, consider the following: How robust is …

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Pre-Diabetes Risks for Heart Disease

https://www.newsmax.com/health/health-news/prediabetes-heart-attack-stroke-odds/2021/05/05/id/1020200/ Pre-Diabetes & Insulin Resistance According to the CDC, 88 million Americans have a condition known as pre-diabetes, the precursor to Type II Diabetes. Pre-diabetes is where the body has elevated blood sugar levels and cells are becoming more resistant to insulin successfully transporting the blood sugar into cells for storage. When the body's normal …

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How to Reverse Type II Diabetes & Obesity

COVID-19's rampage on the world's population has had one profound effect that may begin to shift our global health and wellness mindset. If you have not read or watched a news article about the appalling increase in diabetes cases around the world, and how the huge majority of these cases are preventable by diet and …

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Another Casualty of the Smartphone War

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lg-elec-smartphones-idUSKBN2BS1M3 There was a big announcement in technology this week, with South Korea's LG announcing they will shut down their smartphone business effective July, 2021, and shift their investment and focus toward smart home products, electric vehicle components, robotics, artificial intelligence, business-to-business products and other connected devices. So, what happened? A Quick History of the Smartphone …

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Can Processed Foods Adversely Affect the Immune System?

Processed food continues to be of topical news coverage as we deal with an epidemic of heart disease, type II diabetes and obesity related to dietary choices. As if you needed another reason to avoid processed food, a new study suggests that common additives can also harm the human immune system. In the world driven …

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Five Ways to Eat Less Processed Food

https://www.newsmax.com/health/health-news/cardiovascular-diet-heart-processed-foods/2021/03/23/id/1014827/ Regardless of which dietary philosophy you choose - Vegan, Paleo, Pegan, South Beach, Atkins, Low Carb, Ketogenic - there is one aspect that ALL of these eating philosophies share: avoid processed foods. Even the fundamentally flawed 2020 - 2025 U.S. Dietary Guidelines & MyPlate recommend consuming more "nutrient dense" foods in lieu of processed …

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A Global Report Linking Obesity & COVID-19

https://www.newsmax.com/health/health-news/coronavirus-death-obesity/2021/03/04/id/1012449/ It's been over a year since COVID-19 started ravaging the world with a global pandemic that has directly or indirectly claimed the lives of 2.5 million people. As scientists and governments try to assess how to manage through the pandemic, including vaccinating the population, we continue to learn about who is at the highest …

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How Hormel’s Acquisition of Planters from Kraft Heinz Underlines the Importance of Brand Strategy

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-spam-maker-hormel-just-bought-115-yearold-planters-for-335-billion-144921127.html Hormel announced they are buying the Planters, Cheese Balls & Corn Nuts brands from Kraft Heinz for $3.35 billion. While this deal had been rumored for some time, it's helpful to understand why this makes sense and the different trajectories of these two CPG conglomerates. The Struggles at Kraft Heinz Prior to the merger …

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Interviewing Six Pack

Interviewing. Most of us have done it, and at various times, many have been both the interviewer as well as the interviewee. Think about your interviewing experiences, and which ones stand out as memorable? What did YOU do in the interview that was memorable? How about the other person(s) in the interview? Successful interview experiences …

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Diversity of Thought

As of Q1 2020, 40% of Fortune 500 companies have a diversity executive as a senior staff member. However, much of the emphasis within these roles is on whether there is adequate representation of gender or race. While absolutely important, here's a little hint. If you focus less on trying to meet a certain percentage …

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A Culture of Innovation

While Amazon.com's earnings reports are always anticipated, Tuesday's results were accompanied by a big announcement, even by their standards. Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos will be transitioning out of his current CEO role to become Executive Chairman in the third quarter. Anytime there is a leadership change, employees and investors get nervous. What makes this particularly …

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U.S. Dietary Guidelines Fail to Change Course

https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-u-s-dietary-guidelines-reject-recommendation-to-cut-sugar-alcohol-intake-11609254000?reflink=share_mobilewebshare In 1977, the first edition of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines was published with an intent to reduce heart disease and diabetes through a diet high in carbohydrates, low in fat, and paying attention to measurements like blood cholesterol. Since that seminal moment, the health of Americans has spiraled downward with obesity, diabetes, heart disease …

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Holiday Snacking Help

https://www.drlamcoaching.com/blog/holiday-themed-trail-mixes/?utm_source=daily-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=subscriber-newsletter&utm_term=diet&utm_content=article-19065&inf_contact_key=0769e399d8f9a13dcd45f498a7a5c0644dfbc39d7283b2cb89d5189540b69330 While most look forward to Christmas with anticipation and excitement, even the most jolly soul will admit the holidays are stressful. Managing the needs of work and personal commitments, attending parties, buying the "perfect" gifts, dealing with traffic & schedules, the threat of lousy weather, and the highs & lows of extended family time …

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A Halo of Safety

This past weekend, fans of Formula One (F1) watched in horror as, on the starting lap, one of the drivers had a horrific crash that severed the car in two pieces. Romain Grosjean, in an attempt to improve his position, made contact with another car, which sent his car careening into a guardrail at over …

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Generations Y & Z On the American Dream

The attached article highlights some interesting responses from a June 2020 survey of 4,000 Generation Y (Millennials) & Z respondents. Three things that stood out: Faith and emphasis in work ethic as a catalyst to achieving their version of the American Dream. Just over 80% believe their hard work will enable them to succeed. Nearly …

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Simple and Unprocessed

As I've been advising private equity clients and consulting on category expansion projects, I'm struck with how process becomes a blocker to success. In some cases, there is too much process, so steps in an innovation pipeline, a decision to hire outstanding talent, or the ability to capitalize on a commercial opportunity get bogged down …

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Mars Tries To Be More Kind

Last week, candy maker Mars agreed to fully acquire Kind Bars, valuing the company at US$5 billion, as outlined in the below Forbes article. Like many other CPG giants, Mars is looking to capitalize on the growth of healthy snacking. https://www.forbes.com/sites/angelauyeung/2020/11/17/billionaires-united-candy-maker-mars-to-acquire-kind-bars-in-5-billion-deal/?sh=399459686de7 Global Snack Bar Market Snack bars, which include cereal bars, energy bars and other …

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COVID-19 is More Dangerous to Diabetics

https://www.statnews.com/2020/10/01/why-people-with-diabetes-are-being-hit-so-hard-by-covid-19/ Mainstream and social media is ablaze with COVID-19 warnings, as cases seem to be rising rapidly, with not only some U.S. cities (ie, New York & Chicago) implementing lockdowns, but even countries like Germany and France. Even Pfizer's news that their vaccine has been shown in testing to be 90% effective is not enough …

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Severe COVID-19 Symptoms: Inflammation’s Role

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/inflammation-key-factor-explains-vulnerability-134314638.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=ma Back in April 2020, when COVID-19 cases were soaring and the world was in full panic mode, I was researching how COVID-19 attacked the body and who was at highest risk of suffering from severe symptoms. I started to see some consistencies behind chronic diseases and the impact that COVID-19 could have on people …

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Work-From-Home Leadership

https://www.smartbrief.com/original/2020/08/3-tips-leading-wfh-environment As I talk to industry colleagues, consult and advise companies on business opportunities and interview with a range of companies seeking to fill leadership positions, it is clear there is not one way companies are dealing with the virtual work environment. During this pandemic, work-from-home (WFH) has transitioned from a "nice-to-have" aspect of a …

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Researching the Link Between Leptin & COVID-19

https://rdcu.be/b54LD As we learn more about patients with COVID-19, and which conditions tend to cause either more severe symptoms or contribute to fatality, obesity continues to be one of the most direct contributors to both. I covered this in some detail in a previous blog, which provides a bit of foundation. A new research paper …

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Agility in Grocery Innovation

https://progressivegrocer.com/what-food-retail-innovation-means-now?utm_source=omeda&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NL_PG+Daily+5&utm_keyword=&oly_enc_id=5012I1567089B5Y Recently the world's 50 most innovative companies were ranked. Not surprisingly, the list includes a mix of technology, e-commerce, pharmaceutical & consumer products stalwarts. Of note, there are also some retailers: Wal*Mart, Target & Costco. Defining Innovative Is McDonald's truly innovative? What about an energy conglomerate like Royal Dutch Shell? One focuses on speed, …

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Time to Move On From Soda

Consider this for just a minute. The average American drinks 995 liters of soda per year, and the average Mexican drinks 1,059 liters of soda annually. How much is approximately 1,000 liters? 264 gallons of soda per year, almost 3/4 of a gallon of soda every day, or enough annual soda consumed to fill this …

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Diet’s Role in Creating & Reversing a Fatty Liver

https://www.berkeleywellness.com/self-care/preventive-care/article/fatty-liver-disease-growing-threat?s=EFA_200707_AA1&st=email&ap=ed&utm_source=Berkeley+Wellness&utm_campaign=c2baa501b5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_05_16_11_46&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3ddd6463e7-c2baa501b5-87978065 When most hear the term "fatty liver", what immediately comes to mind is a condition driven by excessive alcohol consumption. While excess fat in/around the liver can be caused by consistent and excessive alcohol consumption, more frequent instances of fatty liver are being observed in people who are not consuming excessive alcohol. A fatty …

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Obesity’s Role in COVID-19: Seeking A Root Cause

https://hub.jhu.edu/2020/06/01/david-kass-obesity-covid-19/ Have you ever noticed the first question, asked multiple times during a doctor visit, is "are you in any pain?" Doctors are trained to minimize pain and treat the symptoms. If you have not figured it out yet, the U.S. medical system is built upon a "treat the symptoms, not the root cause" philosophy. …

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Vitamin D’s Role In Fighting COVID-19

https://www-dailymail-co-uk.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8432321/amp/Government-orders-review-vitamin-D-role-Covid-19.html One of the most frustrating aspects of tracking and attempting to decipher the risk factors concerning COVID-19 is the lack of consistency and solid "root cause" data being shared by recognized experts. The World Health Organization (WHO) lost tremendous credibility with their blatant "follow the leader" approach to regurgitating what China was telling them, …

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CVS Expands Health & Wellness

https://retailleader.com/cvs-health-expands-live-better-store-brand?utm_source=omeda&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NL_Retail+Leader+Essentials&utm_keyword=&oly_enc_id=5012I1567089B5Y If you have been reading my blog, you know health & wellness is finding a rhythm behind generational interest in functionally beneficial solutions, the latest COVID-19 scare & associated health concerns, and the alarming increase in chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease & obesity. https://business-fit.org/2020/05/15/functional-beverage-power/ https://business-fit.org/2020/05/05/more-evidence-of-obesity-linked-to-covid-19-complications/ The Continued Evolution of CVS https://business-fit.org/2020/02/14/the-health-wellness-transformation-of-cvs/ CVS …

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Changing Consumer Behavior Post COVID-19

https://progressivegrocer.com/whats-next-cpg-brands-unprecedented-times?utm_source=omeda&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NL_PG+Daily+5&utm_keyword=&oly_enc_id=5012I1567089B5Y The CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) industry has experienced an enormous change in the last 4 - 5 months due to COVID-19, but this is likely only the beginning. Leading CPG executives have talked about revamping supply chains, applying 80/20 simplification to ensure adequate supply of high demand items, and brands that were forgotten have …

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COVID-19 Impact on the Fitness Industry

https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/24-hour-fitness-bankruptcy-coronavirus-closed-gyms The fitness industry has suffered tremendously from the ravages of COVID-19. First, Gold's Gym filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection only a month ago, and now 24-hour fitness has also filed for bankruptcy while closing 130 gym locations. Executives from both fitness companies indicated the COVID-19 quarantines and lock-downs were devastating to the financials …

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The Entrepreneurial Leader Conundrum

https://www.smartbrief.com/original/2020/06/why-entrepreneurs-become-bad-managers-and-how-be-better-one In the attached article, Rizwan Virk writes about a classic conundrum all entrepreneurs must deal with as their company grows; how to convert from a "doer" to a "leader." Virk talks about how entrepreneurs can quickly fall into bad management behavior by getting trapped in one of two scenarios: MicromanagementAbsentee Management Obviously these are …

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Applying 80/20 In A Pandemic

https://www.supplychaindive.com/news/coronavirus-supply-chains-SKUs-pandemic-Mondelez-Procter-Gamble-Coca-Cola/579017/ The attached article from Emma Cosgrove highlights the urgency of simplification and focus when faced with significant demand fluctuations like we have seen during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the biggest, best and most admired consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies like Mondelez, P&G and Coca-Cola found out how important the 80/20 principle is during …

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Chronic Disease & Vegetable Oil

How did we find ourselves in a position where: 60% of the U.S. adult population has a chronic disease40% has two or more chronic diseasesOver 40% of the adult population is considered clinically obese If you have not read it yet, author Jeff Nobbs has compiled an excellent article where he showcases many of the …

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Leadership Agility & Empathy

https://www.bcg.com/en-us/publications/2020/leadership-post-covid-19.aspx Boston Consulting Group (BCG) recently published an article describing the characteristics and behaviors necessary for leaders in the post-pandemic world. "Leadership in the New Now" rightly looks at how leaders will be successful as economies begin to re-emerge, but uncertainty still remains. More than ever, agility and empathy are going to be paramount for …

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Keep the Brand Light On

https://www.smartbrief.com/original/2020/05/protect-and-prepare-your-brand-post-coronavirus-world In times of economic slowdown it is common to see companies make expense cuts to try and protect earnings. Some of the first expenses cut are marketing expenses that are seen as a "nice to have" by old school thinkers. Certainly in the world of the COVID-19 pandemic where economic survival is taking center …

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Functional Beverage Power

https://www.foodbusinessnews.net/articles/15350-theres-a-beverage-for-that Functional beverages are just one of many segments driving the fast growing health and wellness category. What do we mean by "functional beverages?" Beverages with some type of added benefit other than hydration, and could include: additional protein (collagen or plant-based proteins); vitamins & minerals; natural energy from caffeine, yerba mate, guava or other …

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More Evidence of Obesity Linked to COVID-19 Complications

https://www.healio.com/endocrinology/obesity/news/online/%7B73a6d4bb-2dbf-453d-9b05-ca7775cdd18d%7D/obesity-should-not-be-dismissed-excess-weight-drives-inflammation-hypoventilation-behind-covid-19-complications People with a very high BMI (body mass index), considered obese and morbidly obese, also typically suffer from high levels of inflammation and hypoventilation. Given these chronic ailments, when COVID-19 attacks the system, the body can over-react based on the already damaging level of inflammation that has caused a weakened immune system. In the …

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Book Review: The Hundred-Year Marathon

As a student of history and World War II (WWII) enthusiast, I have spent two decades traveling all across European WWII sites, and have also spent time in countries that toiled for 50 years behind the Iron Curtain of the former Soviet Union.  In fact, last year I spent the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in …

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IRI Provides Additional Insights During COVID-19

https://retailleader.com/iri-offers-closer-view-cpg-pandemic-trends?utm_source=omeda&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NL_Retail+Leader+Essentials&utm_keyword=&oly_enc_id=5012I1567089B5Y IRI is helping provide more clarity on consumer shopping and consumption trends during the COVID-19 pandemic, creating the IRI CPG Demand Index, which tracks weekly changes in consumer purchases vs. previous year periods. The data includes various departments, categories, retail formats and regions, and looks to be a great tool for brand leaders. Some …

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Diversification in the Supply Chain

As investors, we are taught early on that a diversified portfolio is a smart, lower-risk approach to managing finances, whether it be our personal investments or those of an organization. As Steven Banker appropriately asks in his article, https://logisticsviewpoints.com/2020/04/27/if-multi-sourcing-is-a-best-practice-why-are-so-few-companies-doing-it/, why aren't more companies using diversification, or multi-sourcing, as a means to ensure supply continuity & …

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Blood Sugar Rising: A PBS Documentary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pBVbAHkC7M If you've been studying some of the reports during the Chinese Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, and following my blog, you know how much more at risk people are who have pre-existing conditions. Two of the biggest contributing conditions to placing people at higher risk of severe symptoms and possible death from COVID-19 are obesity (high …

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A Link Between COVID-19 and Obesity

https://www.zdnet.com/article/nyu-scientists-largest-u-s-study-of-covid-19-finds-obesity-the-single-biggest-factor-in-new-york-critical-cases/ As we're learning more about COVID-19 and why it affects people in different ways, some factors are emerging that reinforce the need to take our holistic health much more seriously. First, in the above article, in addition to age, the research has found obesity of patients was the single largest factor in whether those …

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Good Leadership Is Not Situation Dependent

In the article https://www.personneltoday.com/hr/is-good-leadership-different-during-a-crisis, the question is asked by the author, Duc V. Trang: "Is good leadership in fact different in a crisis situation than that in periods of no crisis? Or is it simply a matter of degree?" Think about it. If we were to outline what an effective leader does in "non-crisis" times, what would …

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Carb Loaded

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=carb+loaded+documentary I recently watched a documentary on amazon.com/amazonprime called Carb-Loaded, and would encourage anyone who is interested in health & wellness, either for themselves or for their organization, to watch it. It follows a similar theme to other health & wellness documentaries - that what we are eating is hurting us, making us sick, driving …

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2020’s Best Diets

https://health.usnews.com/best-diet If you have been following my blog, you know I am a disciple of the ketogenic way of eating. Interestingly, U.S. News & World Report has many short articles on their blog about the benefits of keto as well: https://health.usnews.com/wellness/food. But, I'm also pragmatic enough to understand "keto" is a huge variance from how …

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Create the Foundation for Content Marketing

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/5-content-marketing-trends-to-help-you-through-the-coronavirus-chaos-infog/574620/ Grazitti Interactive shared their top content marketing trends for 2020, and the big five are: Video contentInteractive contentHyper-dynamic contentSEO-centric contentVoice search tailored content Now, before you run out and ask are you doing these and how well are they working, take a breath. Remember, you can have the most outstanding content or digital graphics …

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When Demand Strains the Supply Chain

https://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/georgia-pacific-working-to-keep-up-with-toilet-paper-demand I'm sure you've seen it. Grocery store shelves, 20 - 30 feet long and three levels high, completely sold out of...toilet paper? There's an interesting behavioral phenomenon occurring right now, as panic buying is driving people to purchase 5X more toilet paper than they would ever use. Interviews with grocery executives from Kroger, Wal*Mart …

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Leading Through Adversity

A global pandemic with COVID-19. A global economic shutdown. An oil price war. Lives lost and threatened. And that is just the first 75 days of 2020. To say we are in a world of uncertainty right now would be a gross understatement. And, it will get worse before it gets better. That's the bad …

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