Samovar philosophy

Mi Xiang Oolong and Our Purchasing Philosophy

Jill, a regular customer of ours recently inquired how we, a “socially responsible company” could be so insensitive as to purchase the entire existing lot of Mi Xiang oolong tea–and that our doing so was an indication of Samovar turning into a big, careless corporation. I disagreed, and responded to her with the letter…

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(Part I) Business is Nothing … But Stories of People

Business is not about profit, money, software, HR, taxes, credit lines, technology, training, payroll, or anything else. Nope. Business is actually just stories of people and their lives.

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The Bottom Line is Where the Rubber Meets the Road

The bottom line is profit, or not. What happens when the only goal is about financial profit? Generally speaking, if that’s the primary overarching goal, then nothing else matters. People don’t matter. The environment doesn’t matter. Even the longevity of the company doesn’t matter. Only profit matters, and it is achieved at all and any…

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