Earlier this month, in a move that harks of fascism, President Donald Trump decreed that TikTok, the Chinese based social application popular with teens, must sell off its U.S. operations. TikTok, which allows users to create and share short videos, boasts over 100 million monthly users and is largely viewed as Facebook’s biggest competitor. Initially,… 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.
A holy grail of consumer goods companies is brand licensing revenue. Kraft-Heinz recently announced it was entering the fray. Success isn’t always easy as it may seem.
Unilever CEO Alan Jope outlined a vision for an agile supply chain–one that replaces centralized scenario planning with on-the-ground insights. Here’s what that means.
Walmart’s deep pockets and omnichannel investments have the company well positioned in a post COVID-19 world. What does it mean for the rest of retail?
In the age of coronavirus, American consumer product companies, like General Mills, are working overtime to ensure that people stay fed in an era of self-containment. It has been almost two weeks since President Trump declared a national emergency, and numerous states followed with “safer-at-home” orders. In a matter of days, Americans went from eating… Continue reading
How the private equity model drove one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies into a corner.
In theory, the relationship between CPG manufacturers and retailers is one of mutual interest and cooperation. A retailer needs healthy manufacturers to stock their stores with quality products that consumers want. One of the subtexts to my earlier article on Dean Foods is that retailer consolidation is weakening the power of manufacturers to the point… Continue reading
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