Van Lines

with Joe Vanden Plas


Talking SMAC: Fusion 2013 to focus on changing role of CIO

Thematically, WTN’s Fusion 2013 might sound a bit jarring – social, mobile, analytics, and cloud, or SMAC – but the ongoing transformation of the CIO’s role in driving business performance is what’s likely to smack slow-moving technology executives right between the eyes.

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Feeling Guilty Over Barnes & Noble Brushoff

I appreciate the economic concept of creative destruction, but as a Kindle man, I feel like a co-conspirator in the potential decline of Barnes & Noble. I say decline rather than demise because even though B&N expects to close one-third of its retail stores over the next decade, it’s not a lead-pipe cinch that it’s going the way of Borders. According to Mitchell Klipper, the chief executive of the company’s retail group, most Barnes & Noble stores remain profitable despite competition from those pesky e-readers, but how long will that last?

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Labor Relations Board Just Getting Started

Last month, IB urged businesses to track the decisions of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who has enormous power to shape regulations associated with the Affordable Care Act. While you’re keeping up with Sebelius, you might also pay close attention to the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB was established under the National Labor Relations Act to protect employees from unfair management or union practices, but under President Obama, it has become a lightning rod for controversy.

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Why Inflation Is No Concern … for Now

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s latest round of quantitative easing has some worried the inflation genie will be unleashed. Having lived through “The Great Inflation” of the 1970s, this would be quite a revolting development.

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Fiscal cliff notes: Whatever we’re paying these guys …

So our fearless leaders in Washington have reached a last-minute deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. Don’t you just feel like giving them all a big hug? After weeks of scaring the daylights out of consumers, and suppressing what should have been a solid holiday season for retailers, President Obama and Congress managed to do what should have been done months ago. Hail the conquering heroes – with a Bronx cheer!

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