On the surface, e-commerce is a straightforward idea. If traditional retail is when you buy a good or service from a store, e-commerce is when you buy a good or service on the internet. Underneath the surface is where things get complicated. This article looks to further define e-commerce, with an eye towards the business… Continue reading
Since its formulation, the wheel of retail has helped explain the evolution of retailers. Here’s why Dollar General may be different.
Retailers not manufacturers control retail pricing. This wasn’t always the case. Learn how politics informed commerce and ultimately enabled Walmart.
Just Egg Inc. announced that it is adopting the Coca-Cola bottler strategy in China. That begs the question, what is the Coca-Cola bottler strategy?
G.E. was the definition of a conglomerate–and now it’s not. Learn what the corporate structure is, its’ strengths and weaknesses through a G.E. case study.
On March 23, a day when the United States registered 135 coronavirus deaths, Sanderson Farms, America’s third-largest poultry processor, announced one of their workers tested positive for the virus. It was the first reported case from a major meat processor. Three days later, Smithfield Foods joined the fray by announcing an additional case at its… Continue reading
What exactly is a consumer packaged goods (CPG) company? I answer that question and outline their two main business strategies.
How the private equity model drove one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies into a corner.
In November 2019, during an economic expansion, Dean Foods declared bankruptcy. The nation’s largest dairy company, with the number one white and chocolate milk brand, could not make money. In January 2020, Borden Dairy followed suit. Most post-mortems dealt with the fact that both companies produced dairy — a product that fewer and fewer people… Continue reading
Amazon has engulfed nearly every aspect of retail and is positioned for more. Its North American sales have quintupled since 2010. Between 2015 and 2016, Amazon captured well over a third of all American online retail sales—including 43 percent in 2016. Moves to vertically integrate its supply chain by solidifying an ocean freight license, marketing in-home deliver, and… Continue reading