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FOCUS ON RETAIL : Next Wal-Mart CEO Faces Challenges Sam Walton Never Saw

By Renee Dudley & Carol Hymowitz - May 8, 2013 4:30 PM ET

As Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) prepares to anoint the fifth chief executive in its history, the world’s largest retailer is grappling with challenges founder Sam Walton never faced.

While Chief Executive Officer Mike Duke, seen here, isn’t expected to step down immediately, Wal-Mart may name his successor in the coming months, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private. Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. international chief Doug McMillon, left, who has been at Wal-Mart since starting as a summer worker in 1984, is close to the Walton family, three other people said. Photographer: Beth Hall/Bloomberg

Prior to joining Wal-Mart as executive vice president of professional services in 2006, Bill Simon held roles at the U.S. restaurant company Brinker International Inc., Diageo Plc, the U.K. spirits maker, Cadbury Schweppes, PepsiCo Inc. and RJR Nabisco. Photographer: Beth Ha…


Michael Porter Presents New Alternative to GDP: The Social Progress Index (SPI)

By Raz Godelnik | April 30th, 2013

I guess you won’t be shocked to hear that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a deeply flawed way of measuring progress (and not just because it doesn’t include Lady Gaga’s work on new songs), especially from a sustainability point of view. 

Nevertheless, it is still the most important economic indicator used to measure progress of economies around the world.

It’s not that it wasn’t challenged time and again by alternative indicators, but none of them seem to be able to give it a good fight and threaten its dominance. The latest contender comes from no other than Harvard Business School professor, Michael Porter.

Porter, who has managed to make a remarkable impact on the field of CSR with his (and Mark Kramer’s) shared value concept, wants to do the same on a much greater level, this time with a new alternative to the GDP called the Social Progress Index (SPI). Designed by Po…

MAMADURO : Nicolás Maduro off to an inauspicious start as Venezuela’s dubiously-elected president

Courtesy of: Agence France Presse

Almost immediately after Venezuela’s partisan electoral authority declared Nicolás Maduro the winner of last month’s presidential election, he and his ruling PSUV party faced a choice that may yet define Venezuela’s future for years to come. 

Reports of thousandsofirregularities in the voting process, including suspicions of fraud, sparked fears about the election’s legitimacy. 

The actions of Maduro – who first consented to the opposition’s calls for a full and transparent recount, later issued a hasty retraction, and then began a crackdown on peaceful opposition protestors – has only deepened those fears.

Maduro’s desperation is perhaps well-founded: a poll today found that a majority of Venezuelans believe the country is on the wrong track and, if given the chance, most would now choose Henrique Capriles for president over Maduro

The uncertainty and repression surrounding the Venezuelan election has grown so egregious that President Obama has abstaine…


Home > Strategy > Oracle of the economy: interview with Walter Kemmsies

STRATEGY February 25, 2013


Oracle of the economy: interview with Walter Kemmsies

If politicians paid more attention to the transportation infrastructure—and its effect on supply chains and job creation—the U.S. economy would be stronger in the long term, argues economist Walter Kemmsies.

By Mitch Mac Donald

In today's wired world, social trends, government investment and regulation, and national and global economies are connected in a web of complex relationships—and they all impact logistics and supply chains, says Walter Kemmsies.

 As chief economist at the engineering firm Moffatt & Nichol, it's part of his job to understand how those factors affect the way we source, make, move, and consume products worldwide.

Kemmsies directs the firm's market studies, financial analyses, and global trade and economic trend forecasts relative to investment in transport…



Publication of a recent study on the benefits of mango, funded by the National Mango Board (NMB) raises some questions:

* Keitt mangoes represent less than 5% of all imported mangoes.

* Thus the 95% of Cultivars that fund the NMB were not used for the study.

* Where is the benefit for the Tax Payers who support the National Mango Board?

* Keitt mangoes are found in abundance in USA (California & Florida) as well as the Fruit Fly Free zone in Mexico. (Non Hot Water Treated Fruit)

* Were the mangoes used in the research non Hot Water Treated Mangoes?

* 99% of all imported mangoes are Hot Water Treated.

** Why would the National Mango Board use a product that does not even resemble the mangoes that are imported and distributed by the National Mango Board Tax Payers?

Research studies show mango may help prevent breast cancer

May 8, 2013

By: Paul Schattenberg, 210-467-6575,

Contact: Dr. Susanne Talcott, 979-458-1819,

Texas A&M researchers …

STRATFOR ANALYSIS : For American Foreign Policy, No Good Options

May 8, 2013 | 0901 GMT

By Robert D. Kaplan

Chief Geopolitical Analyst

One feels sympathy for U.S. President Barack Obama. 

Whatever he does in Syria, he is doomed. 

Had he intervened a year ago, as many pundits demanded, he might presently be in the midst of a quagmire with even more pundits angry at him, and with his approval ratings far lower than they are. If he intervenes now, the results might be even worse

Journalists often demand action for action's sake, seemingly unaware that many international problems have no solution, given the limits of U.S. power. 

The United States can topple regimes; it cannot even modestly remake societies unless, perhaps, it commits itself to the level of time and expense it did in post-war Germany and Japan.

Indeed, Obama has onerous calculations: If I intervene, which group do I arm? Am I assured the weapons won't fall into the wrong hands? Am I assured the group or groups I choose to help really are acceptable to the West, and even if th…