Former Morrisons boss Sir Ken Morrison dies

first_imgFormer Morrisons chairman and life president Sir Ken Morrison CBE has died.Sir Ken led Morrisons for more than half a century, during which the company grew from a small family business into the UK’s fourth-largest food retailer.Under his leadership, the business introduced innovations including Market Street and a vertical sourcing model, with the business operating 15 of its own manufacturing sites, including the Rathbones Bakery in Wakefield.Sir Ken was Morrisons’ chairman until 2008. At the time of his retirement, Morrisons had 375 stores.He was awarded the CBE in 1990 and knighted in the Millennium New Year’s Honours list for services to the food retailing industry.Morrisons said he will be “greatly missed by many thousands of his current and former colleagues, a large number of whom became close personal friends over the years”.“I know I speak for the whole company when I say how profoundly sad we were to hear of Sir Ken’s death,” said current Morrisons chairman Andrew Higginson.“He was an inspirational leader and the driving force behind Morrisons for over half a century. Although he retired several years ago, his legacy is evident every day and in every aspect of our business.“Taking Morrisons from a small Bradford-based family business to a major UK grocery retailing chain is an outstanding achievement in the history of UK business. On a personal level, Ken was an enormous help to me as we made some significant changes to set the business on a new course; his knowledge of retail and his strategic insights have remained as relevant and intuitive as they were when he first built the business.“Ken will be remembered by us all for his leadership, his passion for retailing and for his great love of Morrisons. To honour his memory in the most appropriate way we can, we will continue to develop the company that he built and loved.“We will miss his friendship and his wise counsel very deeply, and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”last_img read more

Credit union workplaces and the transition to remote working: Part 1

first_imgWe recently hosted an insightful conversation between our own Mark Alguard and Erik Anderson, Director of Workplace Intelligence at Microsoft author of the HBR article “Microsoft Analyzed Data On Its Newly Remote Workforce” (https://hbr.org/2020/07/microsoft-analyzed-data-on-its-newly-remote-workforce).In this webinar, we covered our own research into credit union workplaces, featured in our recent whitepaper “A Study of Credit Union Workplaces and the Future of Work,” and Erik shared data and three major takeaways from Microsoft’s transition to remote work in response to the pandemic.Here in Part 1, Mark Alguard lays out our analysis from data gathered from over 1,200 credit union employees. This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Blake Griffin, Chris Paul lead Clippers past Blazers 122-117

first_imgLaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points and Damian Lillard had 21 for the Blazers, who are 5-8 since a five-game winning streak last month. The loss was their fifth straight to the Clippers at Staples Center.Clippers center DeAndre Jordan had a miserable time trying to guard Aldridge in the first quarter, as the 6-foot-11 power forward made six of seven shots — one night after going 5 for 22 from the field and scoring 12 points in Portland’s 98-95 home loss to Oklahoma City.All six of those baskets against the Clippers came from at least 17 feet away, including a 3-pointer that gave the Blazers a 30-25 lead with 1:42 left in the period.Los Angeles then went on a 12-0 run to go ahead 37-30 with 10:50 left in the second quarter, as backup point guard Darren Collison capped the rally with a layup and two free throws. Less than 7½ minutes later, Griffin outleaped 7-1 center Meyers Leonard on a lob above the basket by Paul and finished the alley-oop for a 53-52 edge with 3:28 left in the half.Aldridge had 32 points, 10 assists and no turnovers the last time Portland played the Clippers on Dec. 26. On Sunday, he will become the fifth player to represent the club in three consecutive All-Star games. Lillard’s addition to the West squad will mark the first time the Blazers have two players in an All-Star game since 1994, when Clyde Drexler and Cliff Robinson were selected.NOTESJordan had six rebounds in 37 minutes, ending his double-digit streak at 31 games. The franchise record is 42, by Swen Nater in 1977-78. … Portland came in averaging an NBA-best 107.7 points, and the Clippers were second with 106.7 per game. … The Blazers are the only team in the league to have the same starting lineup in every game — Aldridge, Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum and Robin Lopez. They all scored in double figures. … Paul, who will be playing in his seventh All-Star game, scored his 11,000th career point on a short running jumper with 5:52 remaining. His 113 double-doubles since the start of the 2010-11 season are the most by any point guard during that stretch. … Seven of Portland’s next eight games will be at home, where the Blazers are 19-6. … Los Angeles is 17-11 when Griffin leads the team in scoring outright. He had a team-high 35 points in a 116-112 overtime loss at Portland on Dec. 26. … The Clippers, who shot 58.2 percent, are 17-1 when shooting at least 50 percent. … The Clippers have scored 100 or more points in 11 straight home games, their longest streak since Staples Center opened in 1999-00. … Portland played without Joel Freeland, who sprained his right knee Tuesday. Blake Griffin scored 36 points, Chris Paul had 20 points and 12 assists, and the Clippers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 122-117 on Wednesday night at Staples Center in the final game for both teams before the All-Star break.The Clippers, who set a franchise record for largest victory Sunday in their 45-point thrashing of Philadelphia, converted 16 Portland turnovers into 20 points during a back-and-forth game that included 40 lead changes.Paul made 10 of 15 shots in his second game back after missing 18 with a separated right shoulder, and Jamal Crawford added 25 points for Los Angeles. The Clippers have won 14 of their last 19 since Jan. 4, when the Spurs handed them their worst loss of the season, 116-92 in San Antonio.The defending Pacific Division champions go into All-Star weekend 37-18, their second-best winning percentage at the break in franchise history. They were 39-17 last season, when they finished 56-26 and won their first division title. Los Angeles and Portland are each 5½ games behind Oklahoma City for the best record in the Western Conference.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Gov’t Focused on Building Resilience of Agriculture Sector

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is focused on protecting the agriculture sector against the devastating effects of natural disasters. “Agriculture is so important to our national economic strategy. The fastest way to grow our economy is to grow the agriculture sector,” the Prime Minister noted. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is focused on protecting the agriculture sector against the devastating effects of natural disasters.He noted that agriculture is a key growth industry, and damage to the sector due to heavy rains and flooding resulted in slow gross domestic product (GDP) growth for 2017/2018.“Agriculture is so important to our national economic strategy. The fastest way to grow our economy is to grow the agriculture sector,” the Prime Minister noted.He informed that he has instructed the Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda “to do the necessary work and develop the necessary policies around (building the resilience)” of the sector.The Prime Minister was responding to a question raised on the development of agriculture during a social media town hall meeting held at Jamaica House on March 21.Meanwhile, Vice Chairman of the Economic Growth Council (EGC), Dr. Nigel Clarke, underscored the importance of agriculture to the economic growth of the country.He explained that out of a suggestion that came from the EGC, the Government is looking to “incentivise or to actually undertake the installation or production of storage facilities that can be used cooperatively by farmers to store excess produce”.Some products, he pointed out, because of their nature, will need to be placed in cold storage.He added that such provision would “even out the fluctuations in supply allowing for more stable (market) prices and reducing the risk premiums, which will make it more attractive to farmers”.Dr. Clarke noted that there is also significant scope to increase the pre-clearance facility space for produce destined for the United States.“That pre-clearance facility is not used very much, and one of the reasons for that is that the way in which production is organised in silos, coordination doesn’t exist. From an EGC perspective, we’ll be recommending to the Government to ensure that there is greater coordination and make use of the infrastructure that we have here,” he said. Story Highlights He informed that he has instructed the Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda “to do the necessary work and develop the necessary policies around (building the resilience)” of the sector. last_img read more