Last year we were early to declare our New Years Resolutions 2018. A lot has changed over in 2018, but I believe it's not quite too late to make sure we have addressed some of those resolutions.

Back in October we discussed how IBM executed the largest purchase in their history by buying Red Hat for $35 Billion. 

Well that push for the Cloud business is only the the tip of the Iceberg and I don't mean lettuce. The ongoing recall of romaine is bringing forward the threats to the food chain and it will not end soon

As far back as 2010 we featured a guest author Jon Schreibfeder who is the principal of EIM, Effective Inventory Management. He had done a guest writing at that time on Promotions. Please visit his website because the constant struggle for correct inventory is never ending to our readers.

I have decided to get away from all this technology discussion and dust off the archives from 11 years ago in the interest of getting back to basics. My longtime readers remember about blocking and tackling, Vince Lomabardi taught us what that meant. Making more bottom line profit is about the basics.

The landscape for food industry traceability changes as quickly as the technology industry, and that technology is eroding the barrier between the haves and the have-nots.  Financial bandwidth and size are now secondary to a company mentality that embraces change.  This week let's see how the have-nots can thrive in the new environment and implement recall systems that were previously out of reach to meet and exceed the requirements of the USDA, FDA, and the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Two weeks ago we discussed IBM Food Trust, block-chain technology to help the food industry with Traceability.  On Monday IBM announced a $33 Billion deal to buy Red Hat, the operating system on which our Food Connex systems run.  Part of my job is to keep my audience abreast of these issues, even if you don't usually focus on these topics.  Today we'll look at how 'open-source' technology can keep money in your pocket.

Transformation and disruption was a topic in an article in the Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer. I read about the demise of Sears & Roebuck titled The Big Stumble. They believed they had no competitors. The New York Times dubbed them "The Amazon of the gilded age." Those of us in the baby boom generation remember Sears.  As a young boy I remember thumbing through the catalog, dreaming of what I could buy if I had the money.

We have been talking with our Protein customers and readers about recalls for decades, at least 60 issues by my count. As most of our meat, 80%, comes from 4 major suppliers the constant preaching of tracking your meat has continued to land on deaf ears.

One year ago we discussed How Intelligent Are You and the use of spreadsheets to run your business. The use of Excel is still a major part of everyday business for a lot of my customers and prospects. Most owners don’t realize how many answers they receive from their employees are sourced from Excel. Today we'll discuss how the new breed of BI (Business Intelligence) makes you more effective at running your business.

One of the best sources for new customers is referrals from existing customers, but if you have fallen out of the habit of asking it can feel awkward to start again.  This week we discuss some of the techniques to get you back on track.

Issue 646 - Checking those Resolutions.

Last year we were early to declare our New Years Resolutions 2018. A lot has changed over in 2018, but I believe it's not quite too late to make sure we have addressed some of those resolutions.

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