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Kellogg’s to open upscale brick and mortar dive in NYC

(BUSINESS NEWS) On July 4th, a new cereal bar is opening in New York City. It’s called Kellogg NYC, and it is Kellogg’s first permanent brick and mortar store, but hopefully not its last.

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Just in time for America’s birthday

In 1906, W.K. Kellogg introduced Kellogg’s® Corn Flakes® to the United States. Today Kellogg’s products are available in over 180 countries, and the company continues to update how America looks at cereal and breakfast. On July 4th, a new cereal bar is opening in New York City. It’s called Kellogg NYC, and it is Kellogg’s first permanent brick-and-mortar store, but hopefully not its last.

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A cereal restaurant?

Kellogg NYC comes to life thanks to chef and television personality Christina Tosi, entrepreneur and chef Anthony Rudolf, and The Kellogg Company. Tosi provided some of the recipes for the menu, which includes items like:

  • Berry Me in Green Tea (Rice Krispies, fresh strawberries, green tea powder and milk)
  • The Chai Line (Crispix, fresh peaches, chai tea powder and milk)
  • Peppermint Patty (Frosted Mini-Wheats, chocolate cocoa powder, fresh mint and vanilla ice cream)
  • You’re Cracklin’ Me Up (Cracklin’ Oat Bran, dried cranberries, white chocolate, toasted coconut and vanilla ice cream)

For those who want, there’s even a make-your-own cereal bowl. Regular milk can be swapped out for soy milk or plain yogurt for an additional fee. Even if you can’t get to New York, the company hopes you’ll try some new combinations at home to revive your morning routine.

Innovation is the key

Kellogg, Tosi, and Rudolf are changing the way people look at cereal. This concept wouldn’t work via other media, which is why they’re opening the store. According to an article from “The New York Times” the popularity of cereal has been fading since the late 1990s.

For some reason, millennials have not embraced cold cereal as previous generations have.

Most cereal companies have been forced to innovate their cereal lines and find new avenues to reach more consumers. Some chefs have developed cocktails using Fruity Pebbles or Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Kellogg NYC is just one more way to branch out for more visibility in the market.

A staple growing up

Full disclosure: I grew up in Michigan, not far from Battle Creek, the home of Kellogg. One of my favorite childhood memories is touring the cereal plant and tasting the freshly roasted Corn Flakes as they rolled off the line. The hot flakes tasted and smelled like rich corn on the cob. I can still remember that aroma and flavor. I never open a box of Kellogg cereal without remembering the day I got to see how it was made. My family has worked at Kellogg. I’ve seen how much the company does for the community. Personally, I love Kellogg’s cereals. I’m fascinated with how they’re innovating the industry. I might be a little biased.

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Dawn Brotherton is a Staff Writer at The American Genius, and has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Oklahoma. Before earning her degree, she spent over 20 years homeschooling her two daughters, who are now out changing the world. She lives in Oklahoma and loves to golf. She hopes to publish a novel in the future.

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Proven, clear-cut strategies to keep your company’s operations lean

(BUSINESS) Keeping your operations lean means more than saving money, it means accomplishing more in less time.

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The past two years have been challenging, not just economically, but also politically and socially as well. While it would be nice to think that things are looking up, in reality, the problems never end. Taking a minimalist approach to your business, AKA keeping it lean, can help you weather the future to be more successful.

Here are some tips to help you trim the fat without putting profits above people.

Automate processes

Artificial intelligence frees up human resources. AI can manage many routine elements of your business, giving your team time to focus on important tasks that can’t be delegated to machines. This challenges your top performers to function at higher levels, which can only benefit your business.

Consider remote working

Whether you rent or own your property, it’s expensive to keep an office open. As we learned in the pandemic, many jobs can be done just as effectively from home as the workplace. Going remote can save you money, even if you help your team outfit their home office for safety and efficiency.

In today’s world, many are opting to completely shutter office doors, but you may be able to save money by using less space or renting out some of your office space.

Review your systems to find the fat

As your business grows (or downsizes), your systems need to change to fit how you work. Are there places where you can save money? If you’re ordering more, you may be able to ask vendors for discounts. Look for ways to bring down costs.

Talk to your team about where their workflow suffers and find solutions. An annual review through your budget with an eye on saving money can help you find those wasted dollars.

Find the balance

Operating lean doesn’t mean just saving money. It can also mean that you look at your time when deciding to pay for services. The point is to be as efficient as possible with your resources and systems, while maintaining customer service and safety. When you operate in a lean way, it sets your business up for success.

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A well-crafted rejection email will save both your brand and your time

(BUSINESS) Job hunting is exhausting on both sides, and rejection sucks, but crafting a genuine, helpful rejection email can help ease the process for everyone.

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Woman sitting at computer with fingers steepled, awaiting a rejection email or any response from HR at all.

Nobody likes to hear “no” for an answer when applying for jobs. But even fewer people like to be left in the dark, wondering what happened.

On the employer side, taking on a new hire is a time-consuming process. And like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get when you put out ads for a position. So once you find the right person for the role, it’s tempting to move along without further ado.

Benn Rosales, the CEO and co-founder of American Genius, offers an example of why that is a very bad call.

Imagine a hypothetical candidate for a job opening at Coca Cola – someone who’s particularly interested in the job, because they grew up as a big Coke fan. If they get no response to their application at all, despite being qualified and sending follow-up emails, their personal opinion of the brand is sure to sour.

“Do you know how much effort and dollars advertising and marketing spent to make [them] a fan over all of those years, and this is how it ends?” Rosales explains. This person has come away from their experience thinking “Bleep you, I’ll have tea.”

To avoid this issue, crafting a warm and helpful rejection email is the perfect place to start. If you need inspiration, the hiring consultants at Dover recently compiled a list of 36 top-quality rejection emails, taken from companies that know how to say “no” gracefully: Apple, Facebook, Google, NPR, and more.

Here’s a few takeaways from that list to keep in mind when constructing a rejection email of your own…

Include details about their resume to show they were duly considered. This shows candidates that their time, interests, and experience are all valued, particularly with candidates who came close to making the cut or have a lot of future promise.

Keep their information on file, and let them know this rejection only means “not right now.” That way, next time you need to make a hire, you will have a handy list of people to call who you know have an interest in working for you and relevant skills.

Provide some feedback, such as common reasons why applicants may not succeed in your particular application process.

And be nice! A lack of courtesy can ruin a person’s impression of your brand, whether they are a customer or not. Keep in mind, that impression can be blasted on social media as well. If your rejections are alienating, you’re sabotaging your business.

Any good business owner knows how much the details matter.

Incorporating an empathetic rejection process is an often-overlooked opportunity to humanize your business and build a positive relationship with your community, particularly when impersonal online applications have become the norm.

And if nothing else, this simple courtesy will prevent your inbox from filling up with circle-backs and follow-up emails once you’ve made your decision.

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Ageism: How to properly combat this discrimination in the workplace

(BUSINESS) Ageism is still being fought by many companies, how can this new issue be resolved before it becomes more of a problem?

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Ageism void

Workers over the age of 55 represent the fasting growing sector in labor. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 25% of the labor force will be over age 55 by 2024. A 2018 AARP survey found that over 60% of the respondents reported age discrimination in their workplace. The figure is even higher among older women, minorities, and unemployed seniors. Age discrimination is a problem for many.

Unfortunately, age discrimination lawsuits aren’t uncommon. We have covered cases for Jewel Food Stores, Inc., Novo Nordisk, Inc., AT&T, and iTutorGroup, all alleging age or disability discrimination in some form or fashion. This could be from using vocabulary such as “tenured,” hiring a younger employee instead of promoting a well-season veteran, or pressuring older employees with extra responsibilities in order to get them to resign or retire early.

How can your organization create an age-inclusive workforce?

It is difficult to prove age discrimination but fighting a lawsuit against it could be expensive. Rather than worrying about getting sued for age discrimination, consider your own business and whether your culture creates a workplace that welcomes older workers.

  1. Check your job descriptions and hiring practices to eliminate graduation dates and birthdates. Focus on worker’s skills, not youthful attributes, such as “fresh graduate” or “digital native.” Feature workers of all ages in your branding and marketing.
  2. Include age diversity training for your managers and employees, especially those that hire or work in recruiting.
  3. Support legislative reforms that protect older workers. Use your experience to create content for your website.

Changing the culture of your workplace to include older workers will benefit you in many ways. Older workers bring experience and ideas to the table that younger employees don’t have. Having mixed-age teams encourages creativity. There are many ways to support older workers and to be inclusive in your workplace.

What steps are you taking in your organization to reduce ageism in your workplace?

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