Frankfurt, Germany - Ford Motor said it's cutting jobs in Europe in a wide-ranging restructuring as it focuses on its most profitable models and shifts production towards electric cars. In a statement, the company said Thursday that "structural cost improvements will be supported by a reduction of surplus labor," both hourly and salaried.The Dearborn, Michigan-based company didn't reveal how many jobs would be cut and said reductions would be achieved as far as possible through voluntary departures negotiated with unions and employee representatives. Some 53,000 people work for Ford's European operation, based in Cologne, Germany.The move follows plans announced last year to reduce white-collar jobs across the company's global business.Steven Armstrong, group vice president and president for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said the company would focus on its most appealing models and exit its less profitable models."We will invest in the vehicles, services, segments and markets that … [Read more...] about Ford’s European business getting an overhaul and job cuts
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Dean Thurman and Mike Thurman Guest columnists Published 6:00 AM EST Dec 16, 2018 “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” The quote above, attributed to Henry Ford, is something we drew inspiration from as we took an idea for a novel business model and grew it into a successful 100-plus person company in just over three years. We started with four people. How did we grow that fast? Let’s go back to the late '90s and early 2000s. We’ve been financial advisers for more than 25 years, and we grew our practice through educational seminars. Our passion is teaching the public how to prepare for successful retirement. Retirement planning is not something you learn in school, and it’s not easy figuring out all the nuances if you aren’t a financial planner. For a long time, our educational seminar strategy worked really well. We created printed invitations and mailed them to people in an area where we wanted … [Read more...] about A new business model created dramatic growth
At a recent networking event for small businesses, OSD staff had the opportunity to connect with the manager of an IT company on Statewide Contract. In the intere How long have you been doing business with the state? My company has been working with various state and municipal organizations for years, even before COMMBUYS. When we first began pursuing business opportunities with public entities, it was difficult and extremely time consuming to find open bids relevant to the IT industry. We had to monitor the websites of 351 Massachusetts cities and towns because there wasn’t a central registry for non-construction municipal bid notices. This was not practical for a small, growing business. Did the launch of COMMBUYS have an impact on your business? COMMBUYS changed the way we do business with the state. Instead of spending hours, sometimes days, reviewing hundreds of websites, we login to COMMBUYS about once a week and quickly review open market bid opportunities across the … [Read more...] about “COMMBUYS Changed the Way We Do Business”
The Republican candidate for Minnesota attorney general is recorded at a partisan fundraiser promising to “fire 42 Democrats right off the bat and get Republican attorneys in there.” DFLers reacted quickly, not just because it might violate ethical standards and even state law, but because it dents the GOP candidate’s claim that he will run an office free of politics. The Republican, Doug Wardlow, now argues that his words were taken out of context because he preceded them by saying he wants lawyers who follow “the rule of law.” Besides, he argues, DFL attorneys general have fired attorneys after taking office. “After her election, Attorney General Lori Swanson quickly fired 50 of the 135 attorneys in her office,” wrote Billy Grant, the campaign manager for Wardlow. (Although up to 50 staffers left the office in Swanson’s first year, not all were fired.) And Swanson’s predecessor and mentor Mike Hatch let 17 attorneys go after he … [Read more...] about Are political firings business as usual in the Minnesota attorney general’s office?
David Choi, provided by Published 1:05 am PDT, Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Markets Insider Simon & Schuster, the publishing company behind Bob Woodard's upcoming book, is reportedly printing one million copies of the White House tell-all to keep up with the "extraordinary demand." The book has catapulted to the top spot on Amazon and Barnes & Noble's online best seller list. It is currently ranked fifth in Amazon's 2018 best sellers list. Simon & Schuster, the publishing company behind journalist Bob Woodard's upcoming book, "Fear: Trump in the White House," is printing one million copies of the White House tell-all to keep up with demand, according to a CNN Money report. "We have reprinted six times for a total of seven to meet extraordinary demand — that will put one million books in print before we've even gone on sale," a Simon & Schuster spokesperson said to CNN "Reliable Sources" host Brian Stelter. Recommended Video: Now Playing: … [Read more...] about 1 million copies of Bob Woodward’s ‘Fear’ printed to meet ‘extraordinary demand’ after topping best seller lists