Keeping it natural Whether it is an incessant concern for the planet or simply health-related, many people prefer to eat organic food for various reasons. For husband and wife Chito and Lizzie Guerrero, the death of a loved one stirred them to join the growing movement. This decision eventually led them to create Potts Point Cafe, an Australian restaurant-cafe that serves organic dishes and coffee.
Heart behind art Opportunities to grow are rarely turned down by businesses since, more often than not, these eventually translate to more profit for the company. However, for local design agency Works of Heart Graphic Design Co. (Works of Heart), profit is just a secondary goal. 07/08/14
Keeping hope afloat It was in October 2010 when Jay Jaboneta, co-founder and vice-president of the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation, first learned about the young students who needed to swim just to get to their school. 06/03/14
MOM-AND-POP BOOKSTORES are a dime a dozen across the Metro, but the one along Padre Faura Street in Manila may be among those that stand out, not just because it is owned by National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose, but also because of the hard-to-find books and the many Filipiniana titles that fill its shelves.
SECTION His unmistakable world As a child growing up in General Santos City, Leeroy New knew what he wanted to do. He found himself beguiled by art and resolved to pursue a lifelong calling that’s rooted in it. 07/08/14
COLUMN Getting the most out of ERP More than 30 years after it was introduced, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) has become the de facto standard operations management information system for most organizations. As technological innovations and attractive returns on investments have encouraged firms to bring ERP into their operations, the challenge always has been in getting it to just simply work.
We have heard people referring to innovation as the ability to think out of the box. The cliché is actually a metaphor that means to think differently, unconventionally, or from a new perspective. The phrase often refers to novel or creative thinking and is thought to derive from management consultants in the 1970s and 1980s challenging their clients to solve the “nine dots” puzzle, whose solution requires some lateral thinking (Wikipedia).
The new normal of logistics disruptions In 2013, one of the strongest typhoons in history devastated cities and towns in the Philippines’ Visayas region. Convoys of vehicles ferrying relief goods as part of a massive international effort found themselves bogged down in roads and ports not equipped to handle the traffic. Although majority of the goods would eventually reach people in need, some goods were stranded in warehouses for months while others, especially perishable food, would end up spoiled and scrapped.
Operation metrics Measure everything. The concept of metrics is not new but is fast becoming a pervading theme in an enterprise’s overall performance. Students of the Masters in Entrepreneurship for Nation Building (MENB) program at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business (AGSB) face this challenge, as they go about doing their company assessment.