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Video: What You Didn’t Learn in Vendor Management School

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Every industry is different, so suppliers must be agile and flexible in their ability to meet the demands of their clients. That was the message driven home by Prem Shanker and Robert Chojnacki who spoke on behalf of Southwest Airlines at Nearshore Nexus 2016.

Shanker, Southwest’s Senior Buyer, Supply Chain Management, explained that companies benefit from being very open with their suppliers, building relationships that help reduce costs, increase contract value, and reduce risk. “We don’t just look at meeting with top-level execs; when we started nearshoring, we met with middle level folks, and the folks that actually do the work,” he said.

Through an in-depth supply chain gap analysis, the company has found areas where it is totally exposed. For instance, Southwest relies on its pilot training simulators to keep aircraft in the air, so needs suppliers who can meet their demands when things go awry. “Service interruption is not acceptable for us, which is also the message we give to our suppliers: we have to trust that they will help us avoid this issue,” said Chojnacki, the company’s Senior Supplier Performance Manager.

Photo: Ashim D’Silva

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Video: Three Things All Good Bosses Do

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A good boss can make a big difference. But what makes a good boss? Stanford Graduate School of Business Professor of Economics Kathryn Shaw found good bosses use similar strategies and have a lasting positive impact on their employee’s careers. Here’s how they do it.

Photo: Revac Film’s & Photography

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Video: Ginni Rometty Keynote at the World Health Care Congress

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IBM Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty discusses cognitive healthcare at the 13th Annual World Health Care Congress.

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Video: Tokyo office grows own food in vertical farm

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In a country with very little arable land (only 12% compared with 20% in the US), in one of the most populated cities in the world, one company chose to give up 43,000 square feet of valuable workspace to grow food. In the Tokyo headquarters of human resources company Pasona Group they grow 200 species of fruits and vegetables and even rice that are harvested and served to employees.

The indoor urban farm doesn’t just provide food, but by mixing work space and farm space, the company tries to provide a healthier quality of life for employees. Here green isn’t just a window dressing: immediately upon entering the building you walk over a 1,000-square-foot rice paddy, continue through an okra field and you enter the vine-covered “tomato guest room” or the “vegetable factory” filled with hundreds of hydroponic heads of lettuce. On the second floor, fruit trees form partition walls between meeting spaces, bean sprouts are grown under benches and herbs grow on shelving along the walls.

Even the outside of the building is covered in plants helping keep the building cool in summer and warmer in winter. According to the farm’s designers Kono Designs, “it is the largest and most direct farm-to-table of its kind ever realized inside an office building in Japan.”

Photo: Krzysztof Puszczyński

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Video: 2 Ways to Know If You’ve Hit Your Career Ceiling

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How you feel about your job is obviously an important indication. The other is whether your company encourages you to learn skills that will keep you — and the company — relevant. Acuff’s latest book is titled “Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work and Never Get Stuck”

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