A New Breed of Price Predator?

A New Breed of Price Predator?

In international trade, the practice of dumping – exporting product at a predatory price to capture market share – is usually associated with aggressive countries intent on moving into a national market at any cost. Are we now seeing a commercial enterprise with country-sized market muscle get into the dumping business? I’m referring to theRead More

How Back-of-Mind Backrooms Rob Retailers of Profits

How Back-of-Mind Backrooms Rob Retailers of Profits

When designing the layout of their stores, retailers understandably pay close attention to the front spaces—the places where consumers purchase goods and interact with staff. The dynamics of these customer-facing areas are well understood. Backroom spaces, on the other hand, tend to attract less attention and are not as well understood, especially in the contextRead More

Amazon’s Hiring Binge Does Not Portend the End of Traditional Retailing

Amazon’s Hiring Binge Does Not Portend the End of Traditional Retailing

The news that Amazon will hire 50,000 people to fill jobs in its distribution centers and sorting sites could be interpreted as another nail in the coffin of bricks-and-mortar retailing. A more nuanced reading of the online giant’s action is that the boundaries between online and traditional retailing models are blurring. Amazon is beefing upRead More

Which Carriers Should You Use?

Which Carriers Should You Use?

Trucking companies are rated on a general scorecard, which allows them to benchmark, and gives shippers some guidance on performance levels when developing their routing guides. But what if current scorecards are too general to give shippers the information they need to create a portfolio of high-performance carriers with different market strategies? In our researchRead More

A New Class of Education Makes the Grade

A New Class of Education Makes the Grade

The education industry is not known for being on the cutting edge of innovation, but last month a milestone was reached in an innovative online program that opens new avenues to professional education. Called MITx MicroMasters, the program is part of a broader movement to redefine the way professional education is structured and delivered inRead More