Daily Archives: August 15, 2013

Which Ideas Should You Have Stolen in 2013? Part II

Back in January, Stores Magazine wrote an article on 20 Ideas Worth Stealing in 2013 that had some ideas worth stealing by your Supply Management and Marketing organizations. But were they all worth stealing?

These articles sounded good on the surface, and were good when you dug in. SI would definitely recommend stealing these ideas if you haven’t already:

  • Meld Physical with Virtual
    This makes a lot of sense. Physical flows should be managed by virtual SaaS supply chain solutions that manage the information flow end to end. And wherever possible, technology that helps the consumer should be integrated into the process as well.
  • Healthy Choices
    In 2010 the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reported that 35.7% of adults are obese and 17% of children are obese in America. It’s just the right thing to do. And if you really want to be healthy, push GMO out of your supply chain. Just because you can splice DNA from completely unrelated organisms doesn’t mean you should. We still don’t know what the long term effects of GMO are. For starters, there was a time when lactose and gluten intolerance was rare. Now it’s common. That correlation is too hard to ignore. Plus the increase in cancer rates in countries heavily reliant on GMO food. It’s just an unnecessary risk.
  • Right-Size the Footprint
    It’s all about lean and sustainability. No waste, no unnecessary drain on the environment.
  • Add Zing to Rewards
    Whether it is for consumers to drive loyalty to your brand, or for your employees to encourage greater drive towards success, zing helps.
  • A Wink and a Nod Toward Innovation
    Innovation is key, but sometimes the only way to succeed if it’s new to you is to take baby steps.
  • Seniors as a Featured Attraction
    All too often, experienced personnel are pushed into early retirement in short-sighted corporate efforts to reduce costs. All this does is push experience and wisdom out the door. Experience and wisdom need to be retained. New employees bring new energy, methods, and technology — but without experience and wisdom to guide the proper implementation, it will be wasted energy, methods, and technology. So focus on the wise inside and outside of your organization and you might find that your potential soars.
  • Flexible Format
    As market and supply chain conditions change, you need the ability to adapt.

So, were these all of the ideas that were good? Come back tomorrow to learn more.