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Conflict Minerals - A Sourcing Manager's Legislative Guide to Implementing Frank-Dodd -- MetalMiner along with sponsor Aravo have come together to bring you the latest on how the Frank-Dodd conflict minerals legislation will affect your organization. Lisa Reisman, Editor of MetalMiner, will provide opening remarks and then pass the program to Lawrence M. Heim, who leads the conflict minerals practice and is director with The Elm Consulting Group International LLC. Lawrence will provide some background around the legislation and the current status of regulations, as well as key definitions and concepts. He will then move into discussing current challenges that leading organizations face and considerations they can take to successfully integrate the legislation into their sourcing practices. Robert Shecterle of Aravo will make closing remarks before a 15-minute Q&A concludes the session.

Challenging a commonly held belief.
Is Junk Food Really Cheaper? -- THE "fact" that junk food is cheaper than real food has become a reflexive part of how we explain why so many Americans are overweight, particularly those with lower incomes. I frequently read confident statements like, "when a bag of chips is cheaper than a head of broccoli ..." or "it's more affordable to feed a family of four at McDonald's than to cook a healthy meal for them at home." This is just plain wrong. In fact it isn't cheaper to eat highly processed food: a typical order for a family of four -- for example, two Big Macs, a cheeseburger, six chicken McNuggets, two medium and two small fries, and two medium and two small sodas -- costs, at the McDonald's a hundred steps from where I write, about $28. (Judicious ordering of "Happy Meals" can reduce that to about $23 -- and you get a few apple slices in addition to the fries!)

Contingent labor, chopped in half.
Best Buy To Hire Far Fewer Holiday Temps In 2011 -- Best Buy will hire only 15,000 seasonal workers this for this year's holiday shopping season, down from 29,000 last year, CEO Brian Dunn told Reuters, and is counting on overtime hours for regular staff to bridge the gap.

Hahahahahahaha! That's advertising, folks!
Reebok Settles Over 'Toning' Shoes -- Reebok International Ltd. has agreed to pay $25 million in customer refunds to settle charges that it wrongfully claimed that its "toning shoes" could strengthen leg and buttock muscles. In a complaint, the Federal Trade Commission alleged that Reebok made unsupported claims that walking in its EasyTone shoes and running in its RunTone shoes work better than normal shoes to whip muscles into shape. Reebok said that settling the complaint didn't mean that it agreed with the FTC, adding that it stood behind the toning-shoe technology.

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