Journal Fall 2017

Warehouse Beetles in Organic Storerooms: How can a little beetle be such a problem?

October 27th 2017

by Ashley Roden, Sprague Pest Solutions A common stored food product pest, Warehouse beetles (Trogoderma variabile) are one of the most destructive of all warehouse pests. While they don’t live inside warehouses, these beetles are strong fliers and are likely living outside the facility at all times. These scavenger beetles will enter your facility to find nutrition and will eat everything including animal-origin products like wool clothing, other dead insects and animals, and dried milk. They also consume cereal, corn [Read More]

Polite Ways to Decline a Meeting Invitation

October 27th 2017

by Tracy Parks, Think Productive USA America meets a lot; an estimated 11 million meetings are held in the United States each day. Traditional meetings mean losing out on time that the attendees could be using to do something else, so typically, they’re reserved for important subjects…or at least they’re supposed to be. But, we live in the age of meetings to plan meetings, or meetings about meetings that already happened. • 63% of meetings are conducted without a [Read More]

Why Do Marketing and Operations Clash?

October 27th 2017

by Carolee Colter, CDS Consulting Back when I worked in distribution, the warehousers complained that marketing promised too much to the customer, while marketing grumbled that the warehouse always said no. It’s the same in retail. When conducting employee surveys I often hear comments from grocery or wellness like, “Marketing is trying to run everything but we’re the ones who actually talk with the customers,” and comments from marketing like, “We’re just trying help them sell their products. Why won’t [Read More]

How To Throw a Canning Party

October 27th 2017

By Michelle O’Connor, Moxie Consulting As a child, harvesting and canning food was a yearly event that I both looked forward to and dreaded at the same time. I enjoyed the time in my kitchen with my mom, but it was such hot and hard work and all I wanted was to soak in every last drop of summer. Canning season, of course, always starts with the harvest. My mom and dad had big healthy gardens that would overproduce and [Read More]

Is Democratic and Sustainable Trade Possible? A look at the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement under the Trump Administration

October 27th 2017

By Dana Geffner, Executive Director, Fair World Project For over two decades activists have called for a renegotiation of NAFTA—the North American Free Trade Agreement. It seemed like a long shot that the U.S., Canada, and Mexico would ever upend this agreement, but many advocates of a just economy refused to give up the quest. Now, finally, after years of agitation, on August 16th renegotiations of NAFTA will start. Twenty-three years after the detrimental trade agreement went into effect, [Read More]