Category Archives: Strategy

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

Biomass Business Study Uses Logistics as a Measure of Commercial Success

Biomass Business Study Uses Logistics as a Measure of Commercial Success

Enterprises engaged in using waste products as raw materials for bio-commodities help companies and countries to meet their sustainability goals. But to be successful they also must be commercially viable. A new research project backed by the European Commission takes a novel approach to evaluating these enterprises, by analysing the financial performance of their supportingRead More

Does Lean Leveling Reduce Shipment Variability?

Does Lean Leveling Reduce Shipment Variability?

Supply chain professionals are often confronted with the challenge of managing highly volatile customer shipments resulting from the bullwhip effect. This volatility leads to supply chain-wide inefficiencies, high operational complexity, low service levels and substantial costs. Companies commonly try to compensate the risk of stock outs by carrying elevated levels of inventory and by payingRead More