Interesting article on perks workers underutilize. While many would like to work from home, we probably prefer not to be on call 24 hours a day. Taking advantage of some perks may lead to unflattering office reputations. Achieving work life balance is difficult, determining tradeoffs that make work palatable and life worth living.

German prosecutors raid headquarters of Volkswagen and Audi


The global automaker cannot seem to navigate past its defeat device scandal. After settling with US regulators, it now must deal with its domestic government that just raided its headquarters.

Many of the environmental regulations may be too stringent. But, the solution was not to cheat the system. Aside from the fines, Volkswagen is spending much more funds in buying back impacted vehicles. Not even considering the brand impact.

In spite of the illegality, the defeat device is clever. Such cleverness should be used to improve the customer experience, rather than erode trust from its customers. While leaders probably costed in the risks of such a program, the non-monetary costs probably outweigh the benefits gained.

Is Sears Dying a Slow Death? | Fox Business

Sears Slow Death

The inevitable might be coming soon, which is unfortunate. Eddie Lambert might be a master of finance, but probably should have brought in people with retail experience and expertise. The iconic retailer is beyond life support.

A big issue with Sears is the in-store experience has not improved. Go into any location and there is a clear disconnect. For instance, Sears welcomes shoppers with greeter pushing home repair, vacations, and other services without any context to the intended purchase. Why would any one purchase any service from a company that may not survive the warranty period?

While the outlook is grim, Sears needs to focus its remaining resources on the customer experience. More efficient checkout lanes. Cleaner stores. Professional and pleasant store associates. Expanding the Shop Your Way points. Also, listen to customers and actually implement change.

Retail is not a desirable market space and its once iconic leader is far from its heyday. There might be time for a turnaround. Maybe not. But, Sears should give itself a chance, rather than simply aiming to starve off its pending death.