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Will Good Hunting

By Art van Bodegraven | 07/06/2016 | 10:06 AM

The Kid observed Uber-Mom packing up some clothing, and was curious as to what was up. She explained that the package was destined for The Free Store, a place where people in need could pick out new (to them) clothes, and not have to pay. So far, so good.

The Kid pondered a bit, then burst out with, "You really need to take those to Will Good's. There are people there who have jobs to go along with doing a good thing." He became eloquent. "Those jobs are important! Some people need a second chance, or a break to get their feet under them.

"They may have had a bad choice, and are maybe coming out of rehab. Or, maybe they can't get a regular job for some reason."

It took a bit of dyslexian logic to suss out that Goodwill Industries was The Kid's meaning, but he was, once again, on-target. It's fair for us to ask ourselves if we are doing what we can, within the imperatives of our objectives, to provide jobs for those who are differently abled, or need a hand up.

I know Randy Lewis and his back story a bit.  I am confident that I know what the Walgreens answer would be, and I have hopes that more are learning from that experience.

So, ask yourself the core question.

The Kid can hardly wait for your answer.



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About Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven (1939 - 2017) was Managing Principal of the van Bodegraven Associates consultancy and Founding Principal of Discovery Executive Services, which develops and delivers supply chain educational programs. He was formerly Chair of the Supply Chain Group AG, Partner at The Progress Group LLC, Development Executive at CSCMP, Practice Leader with S4 Consulting, and a Managing Director in Coopers & Lybrand's consulting practice. Concentrating in supply chain management and logistics for over 20 years in his 50+ year business career, he has led ground-breaking strategic, operational, and educational projects for leading US and global clients. Art was principal co-author of DC Velocity's Basic Training monthly column for a decade, and was the principal co-author, with Ken Ackerman, of Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management, the definitive primer in the field. His popular blog, The Art of Art, has been a staple of DC Velocity's web site since its inception.


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