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I had test the "sour vote" on this entry. Willis Wee: Please take this in the right way! ;) The "Whole Foods Boycott-ers" have not won. I support Whole Foods decision and John Mackey's right to speak up. What I understand from the situation, the employees of Whole Foods have great benefits, including health care support. John Mackey's whole (pun intended! ;) ) point was to say that health care should be run in the same way as other businesses. Health care is not a right, it is a service that has a value and should be paid for by the customer / patient. Companies could help their employees with this service and sign contracts with health care providers. The thing is that we should not forget that you can't provide health care under pressure for a long period of time. The providers don't want to be slave under a socialized system. They want to be valued in the same way as other service providers in other industries. If you don't like John Mackey or Whole Foods, vote with your wallet and don't shop there. Please don't use pressure groups and shady politics into the market place."
"The CtW Investment Group works with pension funds sponsored by unions affiliated with Change to Win, a federation of unions representing nearly 6 million members, to enhance long-term shareholder returns through active ownership. These funds are substantial long-term Whole Foods shareholders." Ah, the labor unions are so tight with the Obama administration?! It is the same thing here in Sweden. For a scary example of this kind of pressure group is acting, read my post on EGO blog, Mafioso Methods By Union, of 12/09/2006."
Shawn: Great interview with Cindy! Do I see a symbolic secular trinity through the interview? ;) I like the number 3 too. I am a strong advocate of The Third Place between your home and your office. A meeting place for entrepreneur and business minded individuals could. Cindy: Yesterday I had a meeting with an attorney at law. He speaks Swedish, English (both British & American) and French fluently. He is located in Chicago, Illinois. Did you know that Chicago was Swedenâ€™s 2nd biggest city at one point? He gave me great advice on how to plan for entering the new marketing. He said that the competition is tough regarding the products we are representing (superberries and fine bottled water), but it could work out great if you do â€œhomeworkâ€. I will send you information about his company and his fatherâ€™s work. I think that your last paragraph is applicable to our case study: â€œChoose one product and one country. If you are not sure, or hesitate in where to go, create a more interactive international presence online and stimulate feedback. Use social media for international networking. It works well for many international markets too.â€ The â€œbase campâ€ with the research & development and production is located in Sweden. The new market will be America. The product to start with could be seabuckthorn (Havtorn in Swedish. It is Paula WidÃ©n who has founded this business.). Now is time to see where to start up in the United States of America? Where could you find a cross-cultural link between Sweden (expanding later on to Scandinavia â€“ Nordic countries) and America (expanding later to the whole North America)? I wonder if the Swedish â€“ American fraternal organization, Vasa Order of America could be of some help. I am member of lodge #452 in Gothenburg, Sweden. From VasaOrder.com: â€œOver the past century, many things have changed, and the Vasa Order has grown to meet the new needs of the Scandinavian American community. Where in the past, members looked to Vasa to help them learn the ways of the new country and provide them a means to share problems and solutions with their countrymen, today Vasa provides members a means to share their rich heritage with fellow Americans, and helps them to learn or remember the meaningful ways and values of the â€œOld Country.â€" I definitively think that Paula WidÃ©n wants to talk with you about your service in the near future."
Here is an additional comment to Cindy's last paragraph. "Use social media for international networking. It works well for many international markets too." My role will be to enthusiastically take care of the social media conversation marketing activities, located somewhere in America. I have to be close to the local market and at the same time be of assistance to the "base camp" with the research & development and production in Sweden. I will also work with parts of the supply chain and coordinate international projects during time. As an experienced purchaser I know of to search for sources of information, so I will also work as business intelligence analyst, doing SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis, creating vendor and customer scorecards, cost & value analysis, etc. "
As an experienced purchased I can related to your eight guidelines on how to call. Point #2 is crucial to business relation based on the trader principle. "Tell them how you value them as a client." That should be a two way street. The buyer should recognize the supplier and his important role in the supply chain."