“ Whenever you’re making a consequential decision … just take a moment to think, write down what you expect to happen, why you expect it to happen and then actually, and this is optional, but probably a great idea, is write down how you feel about the situation, both physically and even emotionally. ”
Will a Desire to Protect the Environment Translate into Action?
The Nielsen Global Survey of Consumer Shopping Behavior included more than 29,000 online respondents in 58 countries. The findings shine a light on how consumers shop and what drives category purchasing.
Thai, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Filipino and Chinese consumers were among the most environmentally minded and willing to pay higher prices for eco-friendly products. The majority of Indian and Vietnamese respondents (71%) somewhat/strongly agreed that they purchase more environmental products even if the price is higher. Likewise, the majority of Thai (76%), Indonesian (72%), and Filipino (68%) respondents said they would change their lifestyle in order to reduce their carbon footprint.
Five years ago, Kmart Australia was on the verge of bankruptcy. Today, the company is one of the most profitable retailers in Australia – a turnaround credited in large part to their supply chain. (x)
US Retailers Offer Safety Plan for Bangladeshi Factories
Walmart, Gap, Target, Kohl’s, Macy’s and a dozen other American retailers are announcing a plan on Wednesday aimed at improving factory safety in Bangladesh — an alternative to a plan embraced by 70 retailers and apparel brands, most of them European.
The proposal calls for the retailers to inspect the estimated 500 factories that the American companies use within 12 months, and then develop plans to fix any substantial safety problems that are found, one official involved in the planning said. (x)
nilever announced Green Express, a new initiative to drive more sustainable logistics in Europe. Green Express takes trucks off the road in Italy, equating to an annual CO2 saving of 2,600 tonnes (the equivalent of 260,000 trees). The Green Express train made its first ice cream delivery last week. Green Express is a result of a partnership with Trenitalia and the Italian Ministry for Environment.
Our productivity tip of the day:
Make a habit of identifying the most important item on your to-do list (the Big Ugly Frog) and immediately start your work day with that task. No email, no Facebook, no distraction. Get right into it. You can read more about the big ugly frog here.
And here are some other helpful To Do tips:
Are business communities a zero-sum game? The larger and more successful a community gets, it becomes intrinsically richer and more valuable exponentially through the sheer sum of its members and their combined participation. In other words, network effects — and therefore social networks — tend to be a zero sum game; if a potential new community member has limited time, and we all do, why go to the second-best community, when you can just go to the very best one for the subjects one cares about?
Joseph Roussel: Five Core SCM Attributes of Successful Companies