McDonald’s Exits Kazakhstan: Beef Sourcing Issues

Another McDonald’s casualty falls due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

This time it’s Kazakhstan, home to 20 million citizens and the richest market in Central Asia, that is feeling the loss.  The closure is related to a supply chain issue.  McDonald’s has forbidden its stores from importing meat patties from Russia, which had provided them since the chain opened in Kazakhstan in 2016.


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Reduced Work Week and Productivity

A recent global study by nonprofit 4 Day Week Global found that participants in a 32-hour reduced work week experiment were very pleased with the results.

Employees were paid their normal 40-hour pay, but they only had to work 32 hours each week.  While not all participants responded in the follow-up survey, employees who did rated the experience very highly, as did the companies they worked for.


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High Tech Farming Yields a Lot More with a Lot Less in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is ahead of the game in farming.

Whereas the rest of the world is trying to adapt to the effects of climate change on food production, Dutch farmers have anticipated the problem and used science and ingenuity to align their outputs with consumers’ needs and wants. It has paid off: the country is the second largest exporter of food behind the United States! They are achieving world class excellence along the four competitive priorities of an operations strategy: quality, […]

Restaurants Flex Their Strategic Muscles to Fight Inflation

After COVID, inflation is now a major threat to restaurants’ financial viability.

How have they responded? By relying on their competitive strengths in operations. Big chains have used their size to control purchasing costs, whereas mom and pop restaurants have emphasized their authenticity and superior quality. Both are attempting to maintain customer loyalty and mitigate new threats with existing assets and resourcefulness.


Video Spotlight: Restaurants Grapple with Rising Costs (September 15, 2022, CNBC Television) 


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