Afternoon Coffee: Widespread Flu Epidemic, Amazon’s New Distribution Center, Procurement Jobs

Feeling feverish? STAY HOME (I got my pharmacy's second to last pack of Tamiflu yesterday...)
Flu Widespread, Leading a Range of Winter's Ills -- The country is in the grip of three emerging flu or flulike epidemics: an early start to the annual flu season with an unusually aggressive virus, a surge in a new type of norovirus, and the worst whooping cough outbreak in 60 years. And these are all developing amid the normal winter highs for the many viruses that cause symptoms on the "colds and flu" spectrum. Influenza is widespread, and causing local crises. On Wednesday, Boston's mayor declared a public health emergency as cases flooded hospital emergency rooms.

Lured to NJ for "economic assistance"?
Amazon to change up supply chain with new distribution center -- Online retailer Amazon recently announced it has plans to open a new distribution center in New Jersey, giving it the potential to significantly increase its supply chain efficiency and help it better serve customers. The 1 million-square-foot center will be up and running in early 2014, according to reports. The operation, Amazon's first in New Jersey, is expected to create hundred of local jobs upon its completion and could provide large benefits for the company as it expands.

Need work? The Guardian says: Go East.
Seeking procurement jobs? Go east -- Anyone with decent expertise and ambition in procurement should seriously consider obtaining work in the Middle East or south-east Asia. My overwhelming impression gained in 2012 about south-east Asia, the Middle East and, to a degree, South Africa, is the massive investment in infrastructure in those regions. These countries have a tremendous can-do attitude in these countries, with a clear intention in many of them to attract business, such as financial and IT sectors, away from the developed western world.

Cramming for a meeting? Here's how.
Highlighting Is a Waste of Time: The Best and Worst Learning Techniques -- In a world as fast-changing and full of information as our own, every one of us -- from schoolchildren to college students to working adults -- needs to know how to learn well. Yet evidence suggests that most of us don't use the learning techniques that science has proved most effective. Worse, research finds that learning strategies we do commonly employ, like rereading and highlighting, are among the least effective.

- Sheena Moore

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