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Conscious Capitalism, With a New Preface by the Authors: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business by Bill George, Rajendra Sisodia, John Mackey

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CHAPTER 8
Collaborative, Innovative Suppliers

It is virtually impossible to be successful in any business without a network of strong suppliers. Whole Foods Market has tens of thousands of suppliers, most of which supply food. We buy a large amount of local foods in every community where we operate, which is one reason we have so many suppliers. Suppliers also include landlords, telephone service providers, electric utilities, garbage collection companies, and everyone else the business trades with for goods and services. One could even think of team members and investors as falling into the supplier category, as they supply labor and capital. ...

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