Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Choosing to be union

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 5:55 PM
Anyone reading the newspaper would assume that unions and management can't possibly get along and that the worst thing that could happen to any business would be for it to have a unionized workforce. Yet, when Jeffrey Brown founded his 11-store chain of ShopRite supermarkets, "I chose to be union."... Read more

Supermarkets: From marginal to profitable in low-income neighborhoods

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 3:40 AM
Tight margins are a given in the supermarket business, where they historically hover around a measly one percent of sales and are based on high-margin items offsetting loss-leaders. So how does the math work in lower-income neighborhoods where cash-strapped customers bypass high-margin items in favor... Read more

The artist, the supermarket and the chicken

Saturday, June 13, 2015, 10:00 AM
"Do you think of yourself as an artist?," was the question I posed to Jeffrey Brown, founder of Brown's Super Stores, as we walked around his ShopRite store on Fox Street near Philadelphia's Nicetown neighborhood. We had just passed dozens of butterflied chickens browning on the grill, a refrigerator... Read more

Vacancies on campus? What happens when the last of the Millennials graduate

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 10:25 AM
So what happens to Campus Apartments L.L.C. when the Millennial generation graduates from college? Who is going to live in all that student housing the Philadelphia-based company has been developing in, building and managing? And what does it all mean to someone like David Adelman, CEO of the company... Read more

Born to run (a business)

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 10:35 AM
Maybe it shouldn't come as a surprise that so many of the CEOs I interview harbored an ambition to run their own companies from a young age. You think of doctors, who want to heal people. That's very specific. Or teachers, who want to, obviously, teach. Or artists driven to paint , or even reporters... Read more

Keeping franchisees happy. One hint: Don't order them to discount

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 2:20 AM
Fried chicken, steaks, pizza, Subway hoagies, now water ice -- Jeffrey A. Moody's whole career has been in selling food, but the chief executive of Rita's Water Ice's key experience is working with a particularly high-strung group -- the owners of franchises. Tension between franchisees and the company... Read more

What water ice teaches us about the world

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 10:20 AM
One of the most fascinating aspects of a food business such as Rita's Franchising Co. is the perspective it provides on global tastes, Jeffrey A. Moody, chief executive of Rita's, told me in our Executive Q&A interview published in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer. Start with Rita's starting concept... Read more

From janitor to manager: 'Undercover Boss' changed his life

Friday, May 22, 2015, 3:50 AM
When Kurtis Deal, then a janitor at Forman Mills' West Philadelphia store, realized that his trainee "Brad Bandini" was actually the chief executive of his company, his heart rose into his throat. Because, in between cleaning bathrooms and sweeping floors, Deal had let Bandini know what he really thought... Read more

Is the mall dead? Au contraire, says mall CEO

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 7:10 AM
But isn't the mall dead, our photographer asked Joseph F. Coradino as we wrapped up his Leadership Agenda interview published in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer. It was like waving a red flag at a bull, because Coradino, the chief executive of a company which owns the Cherry Hill Mall, the Gallery,... Read more

Responsible, even when it's not working

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 2:40 AM
When I think about what Will Fuller does, it makes me anxious. You can't take any responsibility lightly as a major executive, but some responsibilities carry more weight. In Fuller's case, he manages $120 billion in annuity assets at Lincoln Financial Group's Annuity Solutions division and he told... Read more
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Jobbing covers the workplace – employment, unemployment, management, unions, legal issues, labor economics, benefits, work-life balance, workforce development, trends and profiles.

Jane M. Von Bergen writes about workplace issues for the Inquirer.

Married to a photographer she met at her college newspaper, Von Bergen has been a reporter since fourth grade, covering education, government, retailing, courts, marketing and business. “I love the specific detail that tells the story,” she says.

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