Saturday, January 26, 2013


Vivek Mehta  wants to use his skill set in the Produce Industry!

Take a look at his Background and see if there is a fit with your company ....


Vivek Mehta

5303 W Angela Drive, Glendale, AZ-85308, 

Tel.:   (810) 624 9084, 


MBA - Supply Chain and Operations Management – Keen interest in business development, procurement, market research and supply chain management for the fresh produce industry 

Gold Medalist: APICS Student Case Competition 2011 & 2012 | Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP

MS Office Suite | Market Research | Supply Chain Planning | Business Development| Quantitative Modeling & Analytics


Thunderbird School of Global Management

Phoenix, AZ

MBA in Global Management

· Thunderbird Emerging Markets Laboratory – Ministry of Agriculture of China - Reshaped the business strategy for the national lemon industry to compete against multinational citrus brands from US, and augment domestic market share. Identified inhibiting voids and recommended implementable solutions

· Prepared a report for the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) on the State of the Produce Industry in Mexico. 

Addressed the impact of political, socio-economical, technological and environmental factors through interviews with industry participants across the value chain from US, Canada and Latin America

· Prepared a report on the Global Agricultural Processing and Commodity Trading Industry highlighting the corporate strategy of major players, drivers of competitive advantage, financial risk mitigation and bio fuels 

· Recipient – CSCMP Roundtable Scholarship 2011; One of two students in the state of Arizona

· Study abroad - Peking University: Conducting Global Business in Asia


Anyue, China

Beijing, China

R.V. College of Engineering

Bangalore, India

BS in Industrial Engineering and Management


· Director of college chapter of Rotary Club of Bangalore South, and student campus placement coordinator

Professional Experience

Goldman Sachs

Salt Lake City, UT

Summer Associate - Operations Division

06/11 – 08/11

· Led and mentored team of undergraduate analysts on various projects

· Created Growth Market Dashboard as standard reporting tool to structure investment decisions for operations and infrastructure growth across the BRICs, Taiwan and S. Korea. Project implemented by the Growth Market Forum

· Developed an email management system to save 15% of man hours a year, and reduced invoice amount from external platform vendors for non-value added activities resulting in direct annual savings of $120,000

Larvik Engineering Consultants

Mumbai, India

Project Consultant, Member of Business Development Team

05/09 – 12/09

· Increased operational efficiencies by identifying and eliminating bottlenecks in production line of a Fortune 500 automotive company using simulation modeling, to enable it to achieve an annual production target of 185,000 cars within budget

ThinkLink Supply Chain Services

Mumbai, India

Senior Associate, Member of Business Development Team

08/08 – 03/09

· Designed and managed the contract management process for a warehouse construction project by developing vendor selection criteria, formulating KPIs, issuing RFIs, RFQs and RFPs, and negotiating with vendors, resulting in a 15% reduction in procurement costs

· Optimized the logistics planning and distribution operations for a Fortune 100 CPG by increasing the delivery efficiency to 20,000 retail stores, thus facilitating transition to a zero inventory model, leading to a $58MM reduction in working capital

· Restructured manufacturing and procurement strategy for a heavy equipment company leading to a 15% reduction in procurement costs, and reduced supply chain risk of material shortage by justifying in house manufacturing of critical components, with a 2 year break even period on capital investment

Miebach Consulting

Bangalore, India

Associate Consultant, Member of Business Development Team

06/07 – 08/08

· Created a market entry strategy for a multinational investment group into the national 3PL sector by market sizing target industries and conducting GAP analysis, resulting in identification of existing service gaps of $30MM

· Planned and designed a supply chain network from ground up for a Fortune 100 petroleum company’s bio-diesel venture by identifying cost effective distribution and transportation solutions

· Designed warehouse for multinational paint company by forecasting growth, considering service levels and seasonality

JDA Software (formerly i2 Technologies)

Bangalore, India


02/07 – 04/07

· Redesigned the distribution network for a footwear company. Project awarded “A” grade by industry-institute experts

Additional Information: 


English (fluent); Spanish (beginner); Hindi and Gujarati (native); Bengali (conversant)

Thunderbird School of Global Management ...

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About Thunderbird School of Global Management

Thunderbird School of Global Management, the world’s first graduate school focused exclusively on international business, has more than 60 years of experience in developing global leaders. 

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Thunderbird is also the world’s first business school to adopt a Professional Oath of Honor, ratified by the Faculty Senate and Board of Trustees in 2006. 

About 40 percent of the school’s professors and 60 percent of its students originate from outside the United States, while its alumni live and work in more than 140 countries. 

Thunderbird is based near Phoenix, Arizona, with satellite offices in Russia and Switzerland.

The Most Relaxing Island Resorts On Earth (PHOTOS) ...

These five retreats absolutely will not disappoint. 

Though they couldn't be much further apart, they share a single common characteristic: They are all thoughtful designed and laid out. 

These resorts don't allow travelers to de-stress by creating an environment of faux luxury, but by giving them beach access and beautiful views then getting out of the way.

Matemo, Mozambique

Set in the Quirimbas archipelago off the coast of Mozambique, the up and coming African destination, Matemo offers the amenities on tap in more frequented spots and the florid strangeness of Africa. 

The local cooking is extraordinary, as is the friendliness of the islanders, for whom tourism is becoming a mainstay. Divers will also have the chance to explore an underwater ecosystem as well preserved as the groves on shore.

Cayo Espanto, Belize

A tiny islet off Belize's Caribbean coast, Cayo Espanto has South Pacific-style overwater bungalows a distinctly local laid back atmosphere. 

The luxurious rooms have windows in the floor so visitors can watch the ubiquitous marine life and are understandably popular with honeymooners. 

The island is notable not only because of its beauty, but because the trip from the U.S. is neither long nor stressful. Paradise sits within arm's reach.

Lizard Island, Australia

The northernmost hotel set on the islands of the Great Barrier Reef is also the region's most relaxing resort

Lizard Island, the land mass that is, is a park fringed by empty, picturesque beaches and visitors can roam these idyllic environs unharassed. 

They can also head back toward their private villas to book SCUBA expeditions, helicopter tours and spa treatments.

Maravilha, Brazil

Though it doesn't sit directly on Fernando de Noronha's incredibly scenic beaches, Maravilha has commanding views of Brazil's island paradise and great pools for soaking. 

The hotel offers bungalows and apartment-style rooms, all with a clean colonial finish. There is also great seafood to be had, though it might just be a distraction from the beach.

Munjoh, Andaman Islands

Set on Havelock, the most beautiful of India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Munjoh offers travelers a respite from pretty much everything.

 Visitors can take advantage of the wide beach, opportunities to swim with Asian Elephants, great SCUBA diving or lounge about in the simple cabanas. Travelers do have to earn the isle's intimacy, flying into Port Blair from Delhi and ferrying out to the island oasis.

WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM: Top ten quotes of Davos 2013



By: Ceri Parker
Jan 26th 2013

A round-up of startling facts and rhetorical feats from a week of impassioned debate in Davos.

“In the worst climate scenario, my kids will live in a world without coral reefs, with acid oceans and with wars fought over water.”
Jim Yong Kim, President of The World Bank, in An Insight, An Idea

“Leave the office at 5.30, take Wednesday afternoon off, don’t fill in your timesheet… Dare the difference and deliver.”
Christine LaGarde, Managing Director of the IMF, in Women in Economic Decision-making

“As a boy, I studied in the dirt. There was no classroom. Education made me what I am, it made my dream come true… I shared my message with refugee children: Don’t lose hope, study hard. I did it, you can do it too.”
Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, in The Global Education Imperative

“A hacker to me is someone creative who does wonderful things.”
Tim Berners-Lee , inventor of the World Wide Web, in An Insight, An Idea

“The old regimes will not come back… If there is one very sacred term of the Arab Spring, it is dignity, and democracy is the best system to respond to the search for dignity.”
Ahmet Davutoglou, Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, in Is Democracy Winning?

“Good teachers teach. Great teachers transform.”
Queen Rania of Jordan in The Global Development Outlook

“When you have a single currency you move inexorably towards a banking union and forms of fiscal union, and that has huge implications for countries like the UK who are not in the Euro and are frankly never likely to join.”
David Cameron, UK Prime Minister, in his Special Address

“Budget consolidation and economic growth are two sides of the same coin.”
Angela Merkel in her Special Address 

“I am not the woman president of Harvard, I am the President of Harvard.”
Drew Faust in Women in Economic Decision-making

“Africa’s story has been written by others; we need to own our problems and solutions and write our story.”
 Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda

Image: Angela Merkel at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos 2013

Most of the quotes were paraphrased for Twitter.


60Bill Marler ‏@bmarler

@I_Mango_Org @CafeTerraBlog still going - trial in Spring.

With this "Tweet" the IMO was informed on January 13, 2013 By the lead Attorney that the trial date for Larry Nienkirk and Splendid Products in the food poisoning (Salmonella Braenderup, Worthington) has been set.

Larry Nienkirk was responsible for financing the Daniella mango operation in Mexico and the actual Importing and distributing of the Daniella label  mangoes in the North American market at the tail end of the 2012 Mexican mango season.

Daniella Mango Label Splendid products voluntarily recalls Daniella Mangos due to possible health risk

In addition Mr. Nienkirk was complicit in  misleading the USA and Canadian consumer by making false statements about the "Food Safety" worthiness of said mangoes.

Mr. Nienkirk approved the unauthorized use of stickers and mango box artwork that claimed that the mangoes had been subjected to Primus Lab audits which never took place.

There is some question as to whether or not The Liability Insurance that Mr. Nienkirk & Splendid Products claim to have will be honored as fraudulent claims are involved.

This may ultimately expose the Company and Mr. Nienkirk personally as multi million dollar claims are filed in civil litigation.

A total of 127 persons infected in the USA with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup were reported from 15 states.

33 ill persons were hospitalized. 

No deaths were reported.

Collaborative investigation efforts of state, local, and federal public health and regulatory agencies indicated that mangoes were the source of this outbreak.

This means that Agricola Daniella mangoes will be denied admission into the United States unless the importer shows they are not contaminated with Salmonella.

During August 2012, CDC investigated a multistate outbreak of 16 Salmonella Worthington infections reported from 3 states.

Ill persons were reported from similar states and during the same time period as seen in the Salmonella Braenderup outbreak.
89% of ill persons with Salmonella Worthington who were interviewed reported consuming mangoes in the week before their illness began.

One case in the Salmonella Braenderup outbreak was also infected with Salmonella Worthington, a finding that suggests a possible connection between the two outbreaks.

These particular outbreaks appear to be over. 

However, Salmonella is still an important cause of human illness in the United States. 

More information about Salmonella and steps people can take to reduce their risk for infection can be found on the CDC Salmonella Web Page and the CDC Vital Signs Web Page.