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Why family owned companies should look beyond kin for key roles

Why family owned companies should look beyond kin for key roles

March 14, 2017

As published by Rachelle Damico, Crain’s Detroit Business For many traditional family businesses, the leading generation looks to the upcoming one to fill key roles. However, there are situations where hiring a family member isn’t possible. The next generation may be… Continue Reading  

A Balancing Act: How brand mash-ups make delicious innovations — and profits

A Balancing Act: How brand mash-ups make delicious innovations — and profits

February 1, 2017

As published by Keith Loria, fooddive.com Dunkin’ Donuts has coffee-flavored Pop-Tarts. Kraft-Heinz recently launched Velveeta frozen snacks. Kellogg’s offered Special K Crustless Quiche last year. The most popular and buzz-worthy mash-ups of the recent past seem to be food-related. Brands… Continue Reading  

Albertsons drops its pursuit of Price Chopper

Albertsons drops its pursuit of Price Chopper

February 1, 2017

As published by Keith Loria, fooddive.com Dive Brief: Despite talk for more than a month that Albertsons was trying to acquire Golub Corp., parent of New York’s Price Chopper chain, sources claim that the retailer has officially ceased its pursuit,… Continue Reading  

Art Van Furniture sells to private equity

Art Van Furniture sells to private equity

January 26, 2017

As published by JC Reindl , Detroit Free Press Retailer still plans to sponsor Detroit’s Thanksgiving Day parade Art Van Furniture will sell itself to a private equity firm after 58 years of ownership by its founder. The Warren-based retailer on… Continue Reading  

What is fueling grocery consolidation?

What is fueling grocery consolidation?

January 17, 2017

As published by Keith Loria, Food Dive When news hit last month that Albertsons Cos. is in advanced talks to acquire Price Chopper for approximately $1 billion — which would cement its status as the No. 2 grocer behind Kroger… Continue Reading  

Flint EMs not protected from criminal prosecution

Flint EMs not protected from criminal prosecution

December 23, 2016

As published by Jennifer Chalmers, The Detroit News Michigan’s emergency manager law gives its appointees broad powers and broad protections — but not from criminal prosecution. “No one, not even the president of the United States, is immune after leaving… Continue Reading  

Supply Chain Cybersecurity: Experts on How to Mitigate Third Party Risk

Supply Chain Cybersecurity: Experts on How to Mitigate Third Party Risk

November 1, 2016

As published by Nate Lord, Digital Guardian 23 information security experts provide tips for securing data across business partners, suppliers, and other third parties. When companies think about security, they most often think of securing their networks, software, and digital… Continue Reading  

Thanksgiving Day store closings aren’t really about you

Thanksgiving Day store closings aren’t really about you

October 21, 2016

As published by George Jones, Fox Carolina A growing list of retail chains has promised to “just say no” to opening on Thanksgiving, but allowing their employers and customers to enjoy family time may not be the biggest reason. Retail experts say… Continue Reading  

Down but not out of options: How to keep IT security together in a company that’s gone bankrupt

Down but not out of options: How to keep IT security together in a company that’s gone bankrupt

October 12, 2016

As published by Josh Fruhlinger, CSO Online Corporate chaos The supply chain upon which modern multinational commerce depends was thrown into chaos earlier this year when South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping filed for bankruptcy. Dozens of container ships with hundreds of… Continue Reading  

The Cyber-Suite

The Cyber-Suite

October 6, 2016

As published by Audrey LaForest, Detroit Regional Chamber Company executives play key role in managing cyber risks In today’s digital age, technology creates endless opportunities for businesses and customers, but it also presents a number of challenges that leadership must address…. Continue Reading