Meijer

Meijer200th Store

Meijer, Inc. is the superstore chain in the midwest and is privately held. Annual sales of $12B+. Meijer was founded in Greenville, MI and its main offices are in Walker, MI. Stores are in MI, OH, IL, IN, KY and planned for WI.

Compared to Wal-Mart….Meijers is relatively small. Yet, Meijer competes very well against Wal-Mart….for these reasons:

  • Concentrates its resources in five states.
  • They know their customers.
  • Have always had good customer service.
  • Private corporation….so can take a long-term view.
  • Strong values instilled by the Meijer family.
  • Supports the community.

Has Meijer had some miscues….yes. Yet, over the years they have conducted business responsibly.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meijer

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Leadership

Breakdown

Missile Launch Control

A recent report came out of Minot AFB in North Dakota about 17 ICBM launch control officers being placed on Stand Down. –

http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20130509/NEWS/305090013/General-orders-extra-review-nuke-crew-failings

Background: I was on the R &D side of the Minuteman. Though I do have some insight into the launch control process.

The squadron commander (Lt. Col.) wrote a strong report. The launch control officers are  junior officers (lst Lts. & Captains). I would suspect that all this would take is for the wing commander to step in and have a heart-to-heart talk with these officers. Don’t embarrass the squadron….wing….command….Air Force or yourself. During the Strategic Air Command period….Operational Readiness Inspections (ORI) were conducted to insure SAC maintained its readiness and standards….if not command changes were made on the spot.

From a leadership aspect….the very fact that the squadron commander sent an email is somewhat questionable. Respect from junior officers is earned….not sought via email.

The command will resovle this issue quickly. The Minutmen force has an upmost responsibilty…..profesionally and operationally.