How a company carries out final-mile delivery is crucial to the success and integration of the overall supply chain, Brian Larwig writes. Without a cost-effective final-mile delivery plan, providers cannot adequately meet the demands of the customer and risk losing crucial business. Shippers must develop a strategically sound logistics plan that addresses competitor pricing, Larwig writes.
McKesson CEO John Hammergren says the company is always acting to stay ahead of technology trends in its industry. McKesson has created a venture capital fund and is also focused on cloud-based solutions, he says. Separately, McKesson reported a profit increase of 43% for the quarter ended June 30.
Henry Schein buoyed overall second-quarter sales with 16.7% growth in sales to physician offices, which was driven by the company's partnership with Cardinal Health. Full-company earnings for the quarter were up 1.5% from the year-earlier period.
The U.K.'s new anti-slavery rule will require 12,000 companies with global revenue over $56 million to provide annual disclosures on their efforts to end slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains. Many companies already have policies in place, but others lack focus in this area.
The grocery chain Save-A-Lot could become an independent, publicly traded company, parent SUPERVALU said. Save-A-Lot has more than 1,300 U.S. stores and represented more than one-quarter of SUPERVALU's first-quarter revenue.
The Senate passed a three-year highway funding bill today and is expected to pass this afternoon the three-month extension that the House approved Wednesday night. The House plans to work on its own multi-year highway bill when it returns from recess in September.
The Senate continues to work to pass its six-year, $350 billion transportation funding bill, even as it acknowledges it and the House will likely adopt a House-revised $8 billion, three-month funding measure before the August recess. The House is expected to adopt the bill today. The hope is that both chambers can come up with a long-term funding bill in a conference committee after the recess.
Leadership development isn't just about learning new skills -- it's about developing new mindsets and ways of thinking, writes Eric McNulty. Leaders need to understand the ways that individual organizational components work together as complex systems and to master the art of making decisions in dynamic environments, McNulty explains.
Great presentations and speeches can be undone with a weak or dull ending, writes Michelle Mazur. "When you nail your speech, your audience becomes your advocates and wants to spread and talk about your message. The last words you utter on that stage should enable them to do that with ease," she writes.