Trump Stops New Mexico Plant

By Bernie Woodall and David Shepardson | FLAT ROCK, MICH./WASHINGTON Ford Motor Co (F.N) on Tuesday scrapped a planned Mexican car factory and added 700 jobs in Michigan following criticism by Donald Trump, as the U.S. president-elect turned his attention toward rival General Motors Co (GM.N) with the threat of a “big border tax” over […]

Trump Versus Amazon

Jeff Bezos built an empire that prospers, in part, because of globalization and the free trade that President-elect Donald Trump has railed against. Trump also once said Amazon had a “huge anti-trust problem.”   President-elect Donald Trump seems to have no love for’s CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, a newspaper […]

Trump is Right on Trade, But He Doesn’t Know Why

By Andrew R. Thomas, Industry Week, April 4, 2016 Much of what Donald Trump and his many supporters believe about why offshoring has occurred is rooted in the notion of corporate greed. Trump asserts that business leaders chase the cheapest labor wherever it is located to maximize their profits at the expense of higher-paid U.S. […]

Wal-Mart Loses Everyday Low Price Edge as Aldi Opens Across US

In the Southern California town of Beaumont, Wal-Mart shoppers must first drive past the new Aldi, a recent addition to the family-owned German grocery-store chain that is beating the U.S. retail giant at its own game: selling food at rock-bottom prices. Aldi is betting that many in Beaumont will never make it to the Wal-Mart. […]


28 January 2016 – MARKET CHANGES HAVE SHIFTED MORE POWER BACK INTO THE HANDS OF VENDORS Guest blogger Roy Williams As Holland and Barrett becomes the latest company to apply blanket cost-pressure to its suppliers, many smaller businesses once again face the dilemma of whether to comply, or fight back. While historically, buyers held much […]

Interesting Academic Article Touches on Customer Trap Themes

Do Suppliers Benefit from Collaborative Relationships with Large Retailers? An Empirical Investigation of Efficient Consumer Response Adoption by Daniel Corsten & Nirmalya Kumar Collaborative manufacturer–retailer relationships based on efficient consumer response (ECR) have become ubiquitous over the past decade. Yet academic studies of ECR adoption and its impact on marketing relationships are relatively scarce. Inspired by […]

Even Megas Have Their Limits

Why Walmart’s Small ‘Express’ Store Format Was Such a Big Failure Brad Tuttle @bradrtuttle 1/15/2016 2:28 PM ET   The attempt at a dollar-store killer is killed off.   Walmart to Close 269 Stores Worldwide Two years ago, it looked like small stores represented a very big part of the future for Walmart. The company […]

Who is Making Money at Amazon?

Jeff Bezos And The Other Biggest Billionaire Winners Of 2015 – Forbes These billionaires had a better year than any other American ten-figure titans, thanks to surging stocks and skyrocketing valuations of private companies raising funds. Only one person, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos, ranks among both top dollar and percentage gainers–no small feat for a man as wealthy as […]

Who Are You Innovating For? | TEDxUniversityofAkron

Who Are You Innovating For? | Andrew Thomas | TEDxUniversityofAkron – YouTube Published on Nov 13, 2015 Many educators, designers, government officials, and corporate leaders believe that enhancing innovation is the best path for staying competitive in a globalized economy. Yet, far more than half of all new products and services will ultimately fail. Why […]

Talk to the Hand: Walmart’s Message to Suppliers

Talk to the Hand: Walmart’s Message to Suppliers | Adrian Gonzalez | LinkedIn  Talk to the Hand: Walmart’s Message to Suppliers | Adrian Gonzalez | LinkedIn Oct 27, 2015 According to a Reuters report last week, Walmart (including its Sam’s Club division) is continuing to put the squeeze on suppliers, as the company tries to offset rising costs due […]