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Shopper's Special

September 3, 2004
Analysts who study Trader Joe's, a quirky specialty grocery chain, attribute its success to its ability to make money by saving money. It uses private labels instead of brand names, deals directly with producers to cut out middlemen, rents cheap real estate for its stores and keeps the square footage small. Another secret to Trader Joe's success is its helpful employees. They know how to move groceries, which boosts store margins.
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Did You Get the Employee You Wanted

October 3, 2003
For companies like Ritz-Carlton and Bristol-Myers Squibb, judging quality in new employees is far more than just a gut feeling--it’s a process that begins before employees are even hired. Vice presidents from these two companies talk about how they turn softer measurements--such as whether customers are greeted in a friendly manner--into hard data, producing results that put them at the forefront of a trend.
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