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Jim McElroy

VP Sales, I-Drink Products
  • Posted on: 02/05/2021

    Are U.S. manufacturing sources an absolute necessity for American retailers today?

    The economic case for near- and on-shoring has improved as the dollar has weakened, and other offshore costs keep increasing. But I think the main lesson from the crisis (re-learned) is the need for supply chain diversification. Meanwhile, we're a manufacturer that sources most of our products overseas. Ironically, the only supply chain problems we've experienced have been inside the U.S., at ports of entry and with rail transportation.
  • Posted on: 03/23/2020

    Costco is refusing returns on hoarded items

    Thumbs up, Costco! Now, what if the retail industry could develop a policy to prevent future hoarding on staple goods during emergencies? I'm sure they can do so.
  • Posted on: 01/20/2020

    Best Buy CEO faces alleged misconduct probe

    The discouraging part of this story is that the anonymous letter writer went public right away. To me that suggests more of a personal vendetta than any concern for the company, or they would have given the board some time to investigate and take action. I'll be shocked if "they" (more likely he or she) come forward voluntarily to "help" the investigation.
  • Posted on: 02/19/2019

    Where did Payless go wrong?

    Let's not forget the leveraged buyout a la Toys "R" Us, which drastically lowered their financial ability to invest in the business during a time of significant change.
  • Posted on: 05/21/2018

    Sexism is still alive and well

    I certainly think and hope that the current wave of firings and public embarassment is having the desired impact. But instead of more training or discussion, I believe we just need continued action to challenge and apply consequences to offenders. Leaders of organizations at all levels need to walk the talk.
  • Posted on: 01/23/2018

    Would Iceland’s equal pay law work in the U.S.?

    Who isn't in favor of the concept of equal pay for equal work? Among large retailers, at least 3 claim they're already there: Amazon, eBay, and Starbucks. All 3 seem to be pretty successful. Meanwhile, occupations with some of the largest gender wage gaps include retail salespersons and first line retail supervisors. This could be a major opportunity for some retailers to improve customer loyalty and gain a competitive advantage. Let's see who takes advantage of it.
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