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Glass sphere

The corona-lockdowns are slowly being lifted. Carefully we step back into the big wide world. A world marked by new boundaries. How do they progress? We don't know. To me the spring with the world locked up was silent..

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Hygiëne is 'a way of life'

08 May 2018

Last month, we were in India, which is an up-and-coming, promising economy. We were exploring the options for starting a laboratory there. What struck me was that there were many incredibly dirty areas. There was garbage...

Communicating

08 May 2018

Communication is always difficult. Reaching the outside world is tough, but doing it internally definitely is, too. I have my own communication agency. We organise interesting gatherings for the OSV, publish our own jour...

Oh, what fun!

08 May 2018

According to the Voedingscentrum (Food Centre), roughly 700,000 people are affected by food poisoning annually. Despite the tips and warnings, it all seems like a lost cause.  Take King’s Day for example. This is...

Taking a different approach to sustainability

09 April 2018

I find “long-lasting” a better term. In principle, something that is sustainably designed, yet does not last long, is bad. The usage requirements for buildings are changing at a breakneck pace. Over time, only a few buil...

Step-by-step plan

09 April 2018

Sustainable enterprise is good for the environment and for your image. It is also being anchored into legal requirements more and more often, so it’s how we have to operate. However, it also requires that you strike bala...

Social contacts

09 April 2018

I created a post on LinkedIn out of pure frustration: “We are not satisfied with our current cleaning company. Does anyone know of a good company in the Arnhem vicinity that provides proper cleaning services for a reason...

The teenage brain

09 April 2018

He’s hanging out on the sofa, cell phone in hand. Me: “Turn the light off in your room. And clean up the food you left on the counter: if the ham stays out of the refrigerator for that long, we’ll have to throw it away s...

Thinking out of the box

05 March 2018

Marketing can be summarised as “bringing a product or service to the attention of the client.” In that process, it is all about standing out: how can you ensure that you are remembered? Or that you are at the front of th...

Sparsely populated city

05 March 2018

The Netherlands is a sparsely populated city—at least, when you compare it to a city like Tokyo. Take the area between Rotterdam and Alkmaar using two straight lines towards the coast, add 36 million residents to it, and...

Recall: Not if, but when?

05 March 2018

Many recalls are caused by errors in ingredient statements on packaging, mixed-up labels or product errors. When a manufacturer does not have the labelling process squared away perfectly, then sooner or later something w...

Useful packaging

05 March 2018

Every day, I open an incredible number of packages without a second thought. In the morning, it’s yoghurt with muesli. The top on the yoghurt cup is locked by a lip: if you don’t open it right, you end up with a razor sh...

Achieve your goals

06 February 2018

December is a month of celebration, while January is, for many people, a time for reflection, review, and reassessment. That is a wonderful thing and gives us personal insight. However, it is best not to get stuck in tha...

Saving time: the new gold

06 February 2018

Being able to deliver right away is the new gold. Order today and get it today—if you can do that, you are sitting on a goldmine! But what if you can't? Then you're out of the running as an entrepreneur.  The wor...

A good night's sleep

06 February 2018

"What's keeping you up at night?" Those who worry, know how to fix it: solve the problem, then you will be back to resting easy. I asked the question to a QA manager at a food-production company. He did not have to think...

Kicking off 25th anniversary at the OSV winter barbecue

06 February 2018

It's hard to imagine that this network has already been around for 25 years. I can still see me sitting with Klaas Dijkstra in the garage, getting the first mailing ready. We did it by post with a response card, which yo...