Instacart recently announced a round of funding that evaluates the firm at some $7 billion. That is amazing for a firm whose drivers are presumably not employees and that holds no real inventory but sells food. It may seem like a naïve question, but what does Instacart do exactly? I know it delivers food, but […]
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A few days ago, the Chicago chain of grocery stores, Treasure Island Foods, announced that it is closing. The store has been a Chicago institution for some 55 years, serving urban areas with mostly small format stores, filled with both common and hard to find items. Julia Childs once called Treasure Island Foods, “America’s most […]
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Are you Netflix or Blockbuster?
A great focus for many startups, investors, and entrepreneurs is creating the next Netflix, Amazon, Uber, or Airbnb – namely to be a digital disruptor. Netflix conquered the analog and physical model of Blockbuster by bringing a digital layer to measure customers, movies, and even brand placements. Before Netflix, Blockbuster was the media channel of preference. It died a rather quick death when media and media consumption became digital.
Big Food…Big Problems This week, the CEO of Campbell’s announced that she is stepping down. The storied firm of 149 years also announced a review of its portfolio, including soup, and its future as a stand-alone company. The challenges at Campbell’s are also being seen in other Big Food firms, like Kraft, Mondelez, PepsiCo, Coca […]
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The General Sherman Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum) is the largest currently standing tree in the world, by volume, towering over 275 feet tall, supported by a 36-foot base diameter, and estimated to have sprouted at about the time of Christ’s birth. It can be found in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in California. A […]
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Improvements from Artificial Intelligence and (More) Robots in Our Lives It is anticipated that some 22 million units of Amazon echo will be purchased this year. Building on the 11 million sold in 2016, north of 30 million units will soon be deployed. It is perhaps as rapid a technological deployment, as a percentage of […]
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Retail Lessons from Toys R US – Competing in the Digital and Amazon World! Toys R Us and the related Babies R US announced that they are filing for bankruptcy. How Toys R Us got to this point and how they hope to get out are great lessons for retailers competing in the digital and […]
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Product Branding Challenges in Winner Take All Business: Products As Services At the turn of the past century, the dominant retailer was Sears Roebuck and Company of Chicago, Illinois. Their famous catalog advertised virtually everything an American family would need. Sears also owned many factories that made the products and branded products as Sears, including […]