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Echo ‘Go’?

‘At first, Fan Hui thought the move was rather odd. But then he saw its beauty.’

Chasing the Customer … While Sears Built a Tower … Sam Walton Built Stores

Back in 1969, the world’s largest retailer, Sears Roebuck and Company, decided to build the world’s tallest building in Chicago, IL – Sears Tower. About that time, Sam Walton decided to start building a lot of retail stores. Sears at one time did over 1% of the U.S. gross national product in retail sales. Today … Continue reading

What Went Wrong At Sears? Organizational Ossification!

Today, Eddie Lampert is doing the necessary work to unwind what’s left of Sears’s former assets, in my opinion. He is not a “Venture Capitalist”, he is a “Vulture Capitalist”. He will, in an orderly fashion, dismantle Sears. And that’s probably OK.

Rishad Tobaccowala Picks Echo

Echo and other products that are sure to be developed, show how increasingly difficult it will be for legacy media form factors to remain relevant as a marketing communication strategy.

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Star Wars

The Star Wars marketing machine creates… a new interactive fan experience

Chasing The Customer … Change Happens

Change Happens! Five generations—for the first time in our history— are now shopping in America’s food stores. Immigration and the ‘Connected Consumer’ are all coalescing to force change.  And … there’s lot of Change happening. Management has no options — but to sense, to listen and to adjust. Bill Sussman of Collective Bias, asked me to … Continue reading

Chasing The Customer … Apple’s Sun Tzu Strategy

Apple’s Sun Tzu Stategy Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting. Sun Tzu Steve Jobs was a master strategist. Simply put, he changed things. Apparently, the Jobs spirit still persists at Apple. Faced with the introduction of an improved but not breakthrough iPhone, yet the necessity to ramp sales, Apple management offered … Continue reading

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Jack Lew … No Clue? Follow up 9/1/2015

Dueling Opinions X Jack Lew … No Clue? Lew 0  –  Edwards 1 X Oops … A Clueless Jack Lew? Dateline 9/1/2015 “As far as Augusts go, this has been the worst in nearly two decades for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The month of August can be pretty rough for stock investors. But this … Continue reading

$¥ China … Riding With The Elephant ¥$

The global financial impact of the Chinese economy meltdown … explained in 40 words. X x “As economists in Beijing are fond of saying, China is like an elephant riding a bicycle. If it slows down, it could fall off, and then the earth might quake” (James Kynge, China Shakes the World, 2007).  (John Lund/Getty Images)

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