Marks & Spencer is in a dispute with its supply chain over plans to make suppliers pay toward its refurbishment. M&S has requested that 1.3% of their suppliers' annual sales go toward its £600 million "strategy for growth." At least one major supplier has rejected the plan and others are expected to do so as well.
The supply chain is likely the next frontier for the cloud, writes Jennifer Baljko, but companies are still waiting to see whether the cloud can deliver on its promises of reduced costs and increased speed and agility, she writes. Security remains an obstacle to widespread adoption, and "without a plausible solution, the other benefits may come to naught," Baljko adds.
Losing a key worker can cost a company $125,000 or more, so employers should develop a retention strategy to discover what it will take to hang on to workers, understanding that it's not always more money, experts say. Workers may desire career development or more recognition, they say. "Don't wait until they are broadcasting their discontent on social networks," say Michael Greco and Christopher Stief of labor law firm Fisher & Phillips.
Businesses are seeking space in San Joaquin County, Calif., as the industrial real estate market rebounds. The county has long been attractive for distributors and manufacturers because of its proximity to several transportation arteries. The area posted a net occupancy gain of more than 1.8 million square feet for the first three months of 2011.