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Oct. 28, 2009

Small Is Beautiful
from The New York Times
The headlines of the past year about storied global corporations all but collapsing in the wake of the global economic downturn were not signs of the times, but rather a foreshadowing that a long-awaited business revolution is actually beginning. Many of these large enterprises are relics of the last century and the financial crisis was the last straw in exposing their inherent weaknesses. We are at the beginning of a revolution where Internet-based technologies will forever shift the power dynamics between customers and businesses. Entrepreneurial small and medium companies around the world that take advantage of these new developments and emerging trends will be the ones that come out ahead. More

NAMA Government Affairs Website!
from NAMA
Your NAMA team, in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has built a new government affairs Web site www.NAMAVoice.com. The website is designed to help NAMA members learn about, track and communicate with elected officials on our critical legislative issues. The Web site also allows members to send e-mails directly to state and federal elected officials. For additional information contact Ned Monroe at nmonroe@vending.org. More

Marketers Such as Starbucks Discover that Simple Sells
from USA TODAY
Simple is better. This could be 2010's most powerful marketing mantra. If 2009's hottest sales pitch was all about buying stuff on the cheap, 2010 marketing will increasingly stress less as more, as in fewer parts, additives or ingredients. While the trend is taking hold in many product categories, including health and beauty items, nowhere is it more apparent than with things we eat and drink. More

Study Finds U.S. Small Businesses Lack Cybersecurity Awareness and Policies
from Reuters
Small business owners’ cybersecurity policies and actions are not adequate enough to ensure the safety of their employees, intellectual property and customer data, according to the 2009 National Small Business Cybersecurity Study. More

Foodservice Traffic Declines for Fourth Consecutive Quarter
from Business Wire via Reuters
Summer is historically a peak season for the foodservice industry, but this past summer the industry realized its fourth consecutive quarter of traffic declines versus the same quarter a year ago, according to The NPD Group, a leading market research company. More

Do People Really Care About the Climate?
from Greenbiz.com
Do people care about the climate? It's an open question these days, and opinion polls offer little help. Some show that climate ranks fairly low among public concerns, while others indicate a high level of concern among the populace. More

About the Society for Foodservice Management (SFM) The Society for Foodservice Management is the pre-eminent national association serving the needs and interests of executives in the onsite foodservice industry. Their principal role is to enhance the ability of their members to achieve career and business objectives in an ethical, responsible and professional climate. With members from coast to coast and overseas, SFM members are the best and brightest in onsite foodservice. The Society represents major corporate liaison personnel and independent operators as well as national and regional foodservice contract management companies. Consultants and companies providing products and services to the onsite market are also SFM members. Additionally, the association includes faculty and students at HRI programs. NAMA is an active member of SFM and many NAMA members also have found value from their SFM membership. Visit the SFM website www.sfm-online.org

The Society for Foodservice Management is the pre-eminent national association serving the needs and interests of executives in the onsite foodservice industry. Their principal role is to enhance the ability of their members to achieve career and business objectives in an ethical, responsible and professional climate. With members from coast to coast and overseas, SFM members are the best and brightest in onsite foodservice. The Society represents major corporate liaison personnel and independent operators as well as national and regional foodservice contract management companies. Consultants and companies providing products and services to the onsite market are also SFM members. Additionally, the association includes faculty and students at HRI programs. NAMA is an active member of SFM and many NAMA members also have found value from their SFM membership. Visit the SFM website www.sfm-online.org for more information about the organization and a membership application. You will also find a link to SFM from the NAMA website www.vending.org. More

Have You Discovered the New Vending, Coffee & Food Services Guide? Cut through the clutter of internet search engines and find what you are looking for at www.namaproductandservicesguide.com

Cut through the clutter of internet search engines and find what you are looking for at www.namaproductandservicesguide.com. More