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Innovation Leader Spring 2016 Print Magazine

On its way to members: Spring 2016 print mag

Our upcoming issue is in the mail, and packed with 120 pages of guidance, case studies, and more, including:

• How Walmart remade its network of e-commerce labs
• MassMutual’s learning initiative goes national
• Visa explores buying without plastic
• Why food giant General Mills is thinking small
• And much more ... get details, download excerpt »

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