Previous Article Next Article Staff and union initiative raises firm’s productivityOn 17 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Distribution company RS Components has cut costs significantly and increasedproductivity by involving employees and unions in the business strategy. It needed to introduce more products to its range and expand its marketsoverseas, so a decision was taken to radically change the way employees workedat its plants in Corby and Nuneaton. Staff were working just over five hours a day, overtime was running at 20per cent and absence levels were at 11 per cent. Tony Smith, head of operations for the distribution company, told an IIRconference on flexible working practices that, until 1996, RS Components hadbeen held back by its methods and its confrontational relationship with theunion, Usdaw. The firm decided to engage the unions and workforce in the businessobjectives, Smith said. The firm’s supervisors took part in an eight-week training course,culminating in a presentation in which each of them had to put forward an ideathat would save £1,000. As a result of the ideas generated, RS Components madeoperating savings of £400,000. The company also held workshops with union representatives to involve themin the business strategy and explain the challenges facing the company,including competition, range expansion and customer demand. Smith said all employees were kept informed of what was happening throughweekly verbal briefings, monthly written reports and quarterly presentations. As a result of the changes, RS Components reduced labour costs by £2m,absence levels to 5 per cent and overtime to 4 per cent. Today, the company distributes 135,000 electrical, electronic and mechanicalcomponents from its two sites, compared to 46,000 in 1995, and has cutoperating costs by more than 2 per cent. By Ben Willmott Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.
Fulop said plans by the Exchange Place Special Improvement District call for the construction of a children’s playground for the site as well as green space. He said residents in the area do not want the statue to be part of the new design.The lawsuit filed by four plaintiffs in federal court claims that Jersey City and Mayor Fulop do not have authority to remove the Katyn Massacre Memorial because the City Council has not approved any relocation.The suit asks the court to put a temporary restraint on moving the monument until further discussions with the council and Polish community can be undertaken. Click here for more.One hundred and twenty Hoboken public school students in grades kindergarten through high school will participate in the 2018 play “Willy Wonka: The Musical,” open to the public from Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20.The production is presented by the school district’s award-winning Theater Department, based in Hoboken High School. The musical is based on Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s novel, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” about five children who win a tour of the chocolate factory and compete to inherit it. The musical features music from the 1971 film of the same name, including the song “The Candy Man,” made famous by Sammy Davis Jr. The show can be enjoyed by all ages. Click here for more.Three local women want to prove that not all of the great artistic and community events in the area are centered in Hoboken and Jersey City.In February, they founded “Only in NoHu,” a group for people in North Bergen, Weehawken, West New York, Union City – all in northern Hudson County — to come together for local events.The group was founded by West New York’s Cindy Rodriguez, and North Bergen’s Glenda Guevara and Javiera Rodriguez. Click here for more. Despite a lawsuit filed in Newark on May 8 in an attempt to halt plans to move a statue from Exchange Place, Mayor Steven Fulop said he believes moving the statue is the right thing to do.The 34-foot statue, which has been located in the plaza at Exchange Place since 1991, commemorates the victims of a 1940 massacre of Polish citizens in the Katyn Forest. × 1 / 2 AN OUTRAGED POLISH COMMUNITY – Officials including the ambassador to the United Nations from Poland spoke out against plans to move a statue from Exchange Place 2 / 2 From left to right: Glenda Guevara, Javiera Rodriguez, and Cindy Rodriguez at their wishing tree event in James J. Braddock North Hudson Park May 5. ❮ ❯ 1 / 2 AN OUTRAGED POLISH COMMUNITY – Officials including the ambassador to the United Nations from Poland spoke out against plans to move a statue from Exchange Place 2 / 2 From left to right: Glenda Guevara, Javiera Rodriguez, and Cindy Rodriguez at their wishing tree event in James J. Braddock North Hudson Park May 5. ❮ ❯
Morrisons has launched a clean label loaf under The Best premium brand as it “drives quality back into the market”.Trading manager Andy Clegg told British Baker that the new premium white sliced sandwich loaf is made from English and Canadian flour with no artificial additives. It is priced at 79p. The other ingredients are water, salt, soya flour, yeast and ascorbic acid.Clegg said: “We are upping the benchmark on own-label in terms of quality and freshness. We call it The Best because it is the best we have ever produced and hopefully we will take brand share from Hovis, Kingsmill and Warburtons. It tastes like bread used to taste.”The loaf went into production this week and is being rolled out from three of Morrisons’ northern depots to stores in the north Midlands and upwards.Clegg said the new loaf launches as Morrisons nears the end of a project to take hydrogenated fats out of The Best bakery range.He added that he believes Morrisons has a unique bakery offer after its purchase of three former Rathbones bakeries in partnership with Rathbone Kear in 2005. These bakeries, in Wigan, Wakefield and Middlesbrough, supply Morrisons stores with Rathbones branded and own-label loaves, giving it a vertically integrated business.
Ethnic bread producer Honeytop Speciality Foods produces over two million naan breads each day at its factory in Dunstable.With such a heavy work-load you might expect machines to be shouldering the burden, but the company still uses skilled hand-stretchers to maintain the light, fluffy texture of its products. The hand-stretchers gently tease the soft dough pieces into the traditional teardrop shape.Honeytop, which produces more than 100,000 artisanal breads an hour at its 120,000sq ft plant, says it is one of only a few UK producers to individually shape each naan bread by hand.After hand-shaping, the naan bread is then baked in Honeytop’s flame-fired, tandoori-style clay ovens, to create irregular bubbling and a delicate tandoor flavour.Harmeet Kaur, affectionately known in the firm as ’Sweety’, has been hand-stretching Honeytop naan bread for over three years, having learned the technique from her mother while baking at home in India. Sweety estimates that she shapes over 50,000 naan breads per week, and admits that it’s a very difficult skill to master.She says: “Hand-stretching requires graceful dexterity, as well as focus and concentration. The dough pieces are incredibly light and soft, and have to be handled carefully to maintain a delicate and fluffy texture. Hand-stretching is a refined art and there are few people in the industry who have developed this expertise, but undoubtedly, it is what makes Honeytop naan bread stand out.”In recognition of her expertise, Sweety, aged 26 and from Armristar in India, has recently been promoted to work with Honeytop’s new product development team, bringing her experience and knowledge of the product and factory.Dr Charles Eid, joint-MD of Honeytop, who set up the company in 1984 with his brother William, is dedicated to improving the standards of ethnic baking.He explains: “In recent years we have seen a dramatic rise in the popularity and quality of ethnic foods, particularly Indian cuisine.”At Honeytop, we believe that we help set those high quality standards and our flexible approach allows us to continue to do so, leading the way in the fast-growing market for ethnic foods.” n
Northern Foods’ bakery division’s performance improved in the first half of the year, according to its interim results statement. Revenue increased to £97.6m from £91.4m for the 2007/08 period. Profit from operations also rose to £6.5m compared to £4.4m last year.“Selling prices increased by 4% as we successfully recovered commodity inflation, and volumes increased by 2.8%,” said the statement. The company added that the premiumisation of the Fox’s brand has helped drive operating margin improvement. “Biscuits represent a significant opportunity for Northern Foods with our commitment to invest in the Fox’s brand showing early benefits.”It said Christmas retailer orders for puddings were encouraging. “In the second half, we are launching a range of sponge puddings, including a new brand, ‘Scrummie’, to help support our all-year-round business,” said the statement.The company’s total revenue rose 6.8% to £468.6m (2007/08: £438.6m), but profit before tax fell to £16.9m from £20.1m last year, which it stated was due to currency and pension changes and investment in its brands.
After dropping the doubles point, the Harvard women’s tennis team won five of the six singles matches to knock off crosstown rival Boston University, 5-2, on Friday at the Murr Center.The Crimson earned the five wins in impressive fashion, taking each match in just two sets. In doubles play, Harvard jumped out to an early advantage, as Amanda Lin and Sylvia Li topped Vivien Laszloffy and Sami Lieb, 8-4, at No. 2. But BU earned an 8-5 win at No. 3 and an 8-6 triumph at No. 1 to take the point and a 1-0 lead.It would not last long, as the Crimson cruised through the singles matches. Amy He lost just one game, defeating Lieb, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 2 to even up the match. Hannah Morrill followed suit at No. 5 with a 6-1, 6-1, decision over Kim McCallum.With momentum in its favor, Harvard continued to roll.Hideko Tachibana finished off Lauren Davis, 6-0, 6-4, in the top spot, and Crystal Yen defeated Jessi Linero, 6-3, 6-0, to give the Crimson its fourth point and the win.In the closest match of the afternoon, Li outlasted Leonie Athanasiadis, 6-4, 6-3, to make the final margin of victory three for Harvard. The following day the women defeated Binghamton University to stand at 4-3 overall. Their first Ivy League contest won’t take place until April 5 at Columbia University.View the women’s tennis schedule.
Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 20, 2014 Star Files The Cripple of Inishmaan star Daniel Radcliffe stopped by Live with Kelly and Michael to discuss his greatest fear is about doing a show on the Great White Way. The Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner also shared a peek at his luscious locks for his upcoming film Frankenstein, and Rippa commented that he “would be a very beautiful woman.” Well, Radcliffe, if you’re on board, we have one (or two) shows in mind you could step into after Inishmaan! That’s after he adds Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Company to his resume, both of which he expressed interest in doing while speaking to The New York Times. Daniel Radcliffe The Cripple of Inishmaan View Comments
Painters, carpenters and home renovators will benefit by attending a training Sept. 29 in Brunswick that will explain new Environmental Protection Agency regulations for lead-based paints.Offered by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and Greenville Tech, the training will be 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Glynn County Extension Office. The EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule took effect April 22 and affects contractors, property managers and others who work in housing or childcare centers built before 1978.Participants will learn how to minimize lead dust generation and soil contamination during maintenance, renovation and remodeling projects. Following these procedures will reduce the risk of lead exposure to employees, children and residents.Participants in the class will perform hands-on activities and be tested at the end of the class. Those who earn a passing score will be certified as renovators, a certification that is valid for five years.The cost of the course is $260 and is limited to the first 20 registrants. For more information, or to register, go to the website www.fcs.uga.edu/ext/housing/training/lead_training.php.
75SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details For the Average Joe, even if you feel you’re doing well with your finances, you could probably stand to make a few changes to your financial habits. If you’d like to spend less and save more, here are a few things to think about…Be smart with credit cards: A credit card can be a valuable tool, but if used incorrectly, it can create debt that can be tough to manage. Only use your credit card for purchases you can pay off each month. This is a great way to build a good credit score, but always make sure you’re being careful when paying with plastic.Find savings as often as you can: It doesn’t matter how big or small the purchase, you can probably find it cheaper somewhere else. Have you checked the competitor’s prices? Looked online? More times than not, you’ll find just what you’re looking for on the internet, and usually for a lot less.Use automatic bill pay: Have you mapped out your monthly bills and their due dates? If you haven’t, now would be a good time to start. Look at the due dates and design an auto pay schedule that will keep you from missing any payments. Paying your bills on-time is must if you want to keep your credit score up.Be cheap: No matter how much money you make, you should always try to live below your means. The less you spend, the more you can save for your future, and you’ll be glad you planned ahead when retirement time comes around.
Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post.Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35, always relished a challenge.As a child, he drove himself to learn chess; as a teen, he excelled as a wrestler; and as an adult, he joined the Army, where he finished Ranger school and joined the Special Forces. Their lives, their brave service and the sacrifice of their grieving families should be discussed and honored.Instead — thanks to a president with a compulsive need to be the center of attention — their deaths have been trivialized.President Donald Trump reduced condolences to a political competition and treated the grieving families who received them as pawns in a game.Having failed to publicly acknowledge the deaths for 12 days, Trump on Monday boasted about reaching out to family members of slain military personnel while falsely accusing his predecessors of not doing so.His whining about how hard the calls are on him — and the apparent hash he made of a conversation in which he allegedly told one widow her husband “must have known what he signed up for” — underscored his cluelessness about being commander in chief.Trump then worsened his offense by attempting to exploit the combat death of the son of his chief of staff, John Kelly, whom he suggested did not receive a condolence call from President Barack Obama.The president ought to have read the eulogy Kelly delivered for two other Marines four days after his son was killed in Afghanistan. After asking the officer who introduced him, “Please don’t mention my son,” he talked passionately — and sometimes angrily — about the sacrifices of the military.He never mentioned his son, later explaining to The Post’s Greg Jaffe, “The death of my boy simply cannot be made to seem any more tragic than the others.”Such grace and dignity in the face of unimaginable loss is the trademark of Gold Star families.It was on display in the days after the Niger attack when the families of the four men spoke with pride about their loved ones.“I know if you could ask him, he’d be glad that it was him,” said Staff Sgt. Wright’s brother. “He’d be glad he’s the one that went so somebody else’s son could come home.”Those words, and not Trump’s, ought to be what we remember.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Deployed to Niger, he learned the local dialect.Before joining the Army, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah “J.W.” Wayne Johnson, 39, owned and operated a successful business.In uniform he became a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist.Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29, was a good student and talented athlete.When he joined the Army he continued a family military legacy dating to 1812. Sgt. La David T. Johnson, 25, was known to be both determined and playful, as demonstrated by how he commuted to a job at Walmart — removing the front wheel of his bike and becoming known as the “Wheelie King.”These are the four soldiers who were killed Oct. 4 when their unit was ambushed by Islamist extremists in West Africa.