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Micro-Grocers Revive the Corner Store, Cater to Food-Obsessed Urbanites
By Alina Dizik, The Wall Street Journal
Jenny Kendler recently went to check out Plenty Grocery & Deli, a small grocery store that had just opened in her Chicago neighborhood of Wicker Park. A clipboard near the cash register invited customers to write in product requests. Ms. Kendler, 34, an artist and cofounder of an art website, knew what she wanted: Sophie’s Kitchen Breaded Vegan Calamari, made with Japanese Konjac powder, a thickening ingredient. Ms. Kendler, a vegan, discovered the frozen squid alternative online once when she had a craving for seafood and wanted to try it. To her surprise, after she put in the request at Plenty, “it showed up on the shelf a week later,” she recalls. Ms. Kendler walks or rides her bike to Plenty twice a week to do most of her grocery shopping and visits farmers markets in warmer months.
The Next Marketing Frontier: Your Medical Records
By Elizabeth Dwoskin, The Wall Street Journal
When Allan Treadwell views patient charts on his computer, a yellow alert sometimes pops up—a handy feature that tells him when a patient is due for vaccines for hepatitis B, influenza or other ailments. “It’s a nice safety net,” said Dr. Treadwell, an internist in San Francisco. Dr. Treadwell isn’t the only one who is pleased with the alerts. So is Merck & Co., which pays for the notifications sent to Dr. Treadwell and 20,000 other health-care providers. Medical-record software startup Practice Fusion Inc., which sells the alerts and displays them through its software, said that during a four-month study period ending in August, it observed a 73% increase in vaccinations—amounting to 25,000 additional treatments—compared with a control group. The company didn’t disclose its fees for delivering sponsored alerts but said it doesn’t take a cut of sales that result.
McDonald's USA to Phase Out Human Antibiotics from Chicken Supply
By Lisa Baertlein and P.J. Huffstutter, FOXNews
McDonald's Corp's (MCD) U.S. restaurants will gradually stop buying chicken raised with antibiotics vital to fighting human infections, the most aggressive step by a major food company to change chicken producers' practices in the fight against dangerous 'superbugs.' The world's biggest restaurant chain announced on Wednesday that within two years, McDonald's USA will only buy chickens raised without antibiotics that are important to human medicine. The concern is that the overuse of antibiotics for poultry may diminish their effectiveness in fighting disease in humans. McDonald's policy will begin at the hatchery, where chicks are sometimes injected with antibiotics while still in the shell.


DEVOTIONAL: From Good To Great to Unique
By Lane Kramer
Many of us have read the classic book by Jim Collins called Good to Great which analyzes how a group of companies made the transition from being good companies to becoming great companies over a period of time. One of the classic lines in the book is that “good can be the enemy of great”. That is, if you focus on doing things that are good in your business they might be done at the expense of doing great things in your business. Well, I would like to up the ante and challenge you to focus on doing the things that you are uniquely called to do in your business as a senior Christian business leader that nobody else can do but you. Have you ever stopped to consider what those things may be? Those are things that are mission critical that you are gifted to do in your business.
Facing Reality
By Doug Gehrman
Growing up, I enjoyed science and mathematics to the extent that in high school, I took every science and math course offered. I loved these courses because they seemed so elegant and quantifiable. Especially math. Math problems had right answers and I felt it was up to me to find them. I appreciated certainty, rather than the fuzzy thinking practiced by right brained thinkers. If it wasn’t on the computer printout, the conclusions were in question, as far as I was concerned. This preference drove me to pursue a chemical engineering degree in college and it didn’t disappoint. I loved the thrill of solving the engineering problems I encountered in the textbooks. My left brain was fully engaged. Even though my political nature was far right, I have always been so left-brained that I must have walked with a tilt.
Two Effective Leadership Behaviors
By Patrick Layhee
A recent article published in the McKinsey Quarterly, Decoding Leadership: What Really Matters, addresses the most effective types of leadership behaviors that organizations should be encouraging. McKinsey’s study included empirical insights from their own practical experiences, a search of relevant academic literature, and then their survey results from other organizations. They developed a broad list of possible behavior types and subsequently refined the list to what they determined to be the most desirable leadership behaviors.

The Legal Corner

This is My Father’s World: An Overview of International Trade Law
By Sam Webb
King Solomon “excelled all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.” (2 Chron. 9:22) King Solomon’s wealth and wisdom was so impressive that “all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom.” (2 Chron. 9:23) And while King Solomon developed his wealth through various means, certainly one of the chief means for his wealth came by his fleet of merchant ships, which carried gold, silver, and ivory from foreign lands. (1 Kings 10:22) King Solomon exercised wisdom and generated wealth through international trade.
Law and Liberty in the Sharing Economy
By Kyle Bryant
“Responding to an evolving hospitality industry, the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association recently started crafting legislation that would give property owners reason to pause before opening their homes and apartments to temporary guests.” The Houston Chronicle reported this story on December 10, 2014, which details the THLA’s attempts to introduce legislation that would regulate innovative short-term lodging businesses such as Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO. In my last article on government regulation, I dealt with the Houston City Council’s similar attempts to regulate ride-sharing services Über and Lyft. This story is the same old story.

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