May 19, 2020

How do you like your eggs? Business in Canada is starting to boil

Business
Canada
Eggs
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2 min
How do you like your eggs? Business in Canada is starting to boil

How do you like your eggs in the morning? Mexico may be known for consuming more eggs per capita than any other location in the world, but Canada is increasing their appetite. As it turns out, since 2007, Canadians have been eating about three dozen more eggs each year.

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Interestingly enough, in general, eggs are being eaten more now than ever before. The per capita egg demand is actually starting to reach levels that have not been seen since the early 1980s. Back then, the annual consumption was nearly 22 dozen per capita.

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"We feel like we're in a bit of a sweet spot for the demand for eggs for the foreseeable future," says Tim Lambert, head of the Egg Farmers of Canada.

While eggs were once thought to be connected to cholesterol and heart disease, recent studies have shown that there is a place in the diet for foods that are high in protein and fat (i.e. eggs).

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As can be assumed, because eggs are no longer considered “unhealthy” and the demand for eggs has increased, so has the price! Recently, the cost of eggs in Canada has risen from $2.61 in the early part of 2009 to $3.28 at the start of this year. What does that boil down to exactly? Specifically speaking, that’s a 26 percent increase in price. However, this increase is completely in line with other foods high in protein, such as beef and pork. 

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Jun 14, 2021

Giving efficiency the full throttle at NASCAR

CDW
NASCAR
3 min
CDW is a leading provider of information technology solutions, optimized business workflow and data capture systems for the auto racing company.

The NASCAR organization has long been synonymous with speed, agility and innovation. And so by extension, partnerships at NASCAR hold a similar reputation. One such partner for the organization has been CDW – a leading multi-brand provider of information technology solutions to businesses, government, education and healthcare customers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. CDW provides a broad array of products and services ranging from hardware and software to integrated IT solutions such as security cloud hybrid infrastructure and digital experience. Customer need is the driving force at CDW, and the company helps clients by delivering integrated services solutions that maximize their technology investment. So how does CDW help their customers achieve their business goals? Troy Okerberg, Field Sales Manager - North Florida at CDW adds “We strive to provide our customers with full stack expertise, helping them design, orchestrate and manage technologies that drive their business outcomes.” 

NASCAR acquired International Speedway Corporation (ISC) in 2019, merging its operations into one, new company moving forward. The merger represents an important step forward for NASCAR as the sport creates a unified vision to embrace its long history of exciting, family-oriented racing experiences while developing strategic growth initiatives that will drive the passion of core fans and attract the next generation of race fans. CDW has been instrumental in bringing the two technology environments together to enable collaboration and efficiency as one organization. Starting with a comprehensive analysis of all of NASCAR’s vendors, CDW created a uniform data platform for the data center environment across the NASCAR-ISC organization. The IT partner has also successfully merged the two native infrastructure systems together, while analyzing, consulting and providing an opportunity to merge Microsoft software licenses as well. 

2020 turned into a tactical year for both organizations with the onset of the pandemic and CDW has had to react quickly to the changing scenario. Most of the initial change included building efficiencies around logistics, like equipment needing to be delivered into the hands of end users who switched to a virtual working environment almost overnight. CDW’s distribution team worked tirelessly to ensure that all customers could still access the products that they were purchasing and needed for their organizations throughout the COVID timeframe. Okerberg adds that today, CDW continues to optimize their offering by hyper-localizing resources as well as providing need-based support based on the size and complexity of their accounts. Although CDW still operates remotely, the company commits to adapting to the changing needs of their clients, NASCAR in particular. Apart from the challenges that COVID-19 brought to the organization, another task that CDW had been handed was to identify gaps and duplicates in vendor agreements that the two former single-entity organizations had in place and align them based on services offered. CDW further helps identify and provide the best solution from a consolidation standpoint of both hardware and software clients so that the new merged organization is equipped with the best of what the industry has to offer. 

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