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Holiday pricing: are gift baskets overpriced?

Overpriced Gift Baskets

By Tim J. Smith, PhD December 18, 2020

It’s gift giving time in much of the western world.  Whether Hanukkah or Christmas, people are out shopping for the appropriate gift. Yet what do we get for people who we will not visit?  Enter the infamous gift baskets. Gift baskets of wine, of fruit or nuts, maybe cookies, chocolate, or even pasta. Fruit of the month clubs.  Omaha steaks (ok, not a basket but it is a gift). Floral bouquets. You…

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Holiday Shopping in 2020: Don’t Expect a Big Discount

Holiday Shopping in 2020: Don’t Expect a Big Discount

By Nathan L. Phipps December 18, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended nearly every corner of our economy in 2020, twisting the once familiar into strange mutations. Retail has…

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Can You Identify Your Best Customers?

By Kyle T. Westra December 18, 2020

This question has been on my mind since the untimely passing of Tony Hsieh at the age of 46. Most famous for…

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How innovative and successful companies are resurrecting vertical integration strategies

High-Flying Companies Resurrect Vertical Integration Strategy

By James T. Berger December 18, 2020

Some of today’s most highly successful and innovative companies have resurrected an older strategic paradigm — vertical integration — and have transformed…

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Strategic Movements: December 2020

By Tim J. Smith, PhD December 18, 2020

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