Digital Strategy, Innovation

Instacart: How ’bout them Carrots?

1 Nov , 2018  

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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Innovation, Leadership

A Chicago Icon is No More – 5 Lessons for Retailers

4 Oct , 2018  

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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Digital Strategy, Innovation

Big Food…Big Problems

21 May , 2018  

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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Career Advice, Innovation, Leadership

Turnaround Advice: Think Outside the Box at Chipotle!

16 Feb , 2018  

Turnaround Advice: Think Outside the Box at Chipotle! The recent news that Steve Ells is stepping down from Chipotle as CEO and that Chipotle has hired Brian Niccol, former Taco Bell CEO, to lead the chain through a turnaround has shocked many foodies and confirmed the dysfunction at Chipotle assumed by many industry experts. The […]

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Global Insights, Innovation

Beefing Up Returns: Study Finds Companies Offering Less Industrial Meat Perform Better

14 Sep , 2016  

Beefing Up Returns: Study Finds Companies Offering Less Industrial Meat Perform Better

The below blog appeared originally at EcoCentric, a leading channel for sustainable food practices. Over the last few years, students in the Kellogg Analytical Consulting Lab, a popular lab class that I founded and teach, have undertaken novel research on the economic drivers and performance of the food industry. It is wonderful to see our […]

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