Posts by: James T. Berger

The Decline and Fall of Sears

By James T. Berger October 30, 2018

Sears was once the greatest retail employer in the nation. It was both the Walmart and Amazon of its day. But, the end of the 20th century brought the beginning of the retail icon’s end.

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Ever Heard of Strategic Intelligence?

By James T. Berger September 29, 2018

Prof. Levine calls “strategic intelligence” the “secret sauce—the ability to anticipate competitors’ behavior and preempt it.”

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What are “Ironclad” Brands and How to Maintain Them

Polarization of Politics Having an Effect on Brand Management

By James T. Berger August 23, 2018

Trump has an ultra-loyal 35-40% of the electorate who will follow him anywhere. On the other hand, the anti-Trumpers have an equal or greater percentage of the population that feels exactly the opposite.

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Decision to Grow Instead of Harvest May Be the Key to Microsoft’s Survival

By James T. Berger July 30, 2018

According to Foley: “Many People find it easier to see the benefits that come with cutting costs and looking for efficiencies and worry that what may come with growth could be elusive.”

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Barnes & Noble Looking Like Latest Victim of Retail Maelstrom

By James T. Berger June 28, 2018

Mark Cohen, director of retail studies at Columbia University, also believes the end of B&N is inevitable. “This is late stage demise,” said Cohen. “They were the last man standing in a sense in the traditional brick-and-mortar space, but hey just haven’t figured out how to become relevant. Too little. Too late.”

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New Data Supports Value Of Immigrants as Entrepreneurs

By James T. Berger May 23, 2018

The key finding is that first generation entrepreneurs create a total of 25% of new businesses as an average for the 50 states. The authors pointed out that number exceeds 40% of new businesses in some states.

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Brits Give Insight Into Toys ‘R Us Failure

By James T. Berger April 26, 2018

Another retail consultant Steve Dresser is also quoted in the BBC article: “Even if they (Toys R Us) didn’t want to give over their stores to the kinds of hands-on experience that you get in Hamleys or a Lego store, they should have done more to keep customers happy, been less functional, more on-trend.

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Tariffs Defy Traditional Marketing and Pricing Thinking

By James T. Berger March 26, 2018

Not only will the American economy be hurt, these actions by an American President with very limited knowledge about economics, will affect the economies of many nations.

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Marketing Industry Survey Reports—Clients and Agencies May Not Be On the Same Page

By James T. Berger February 23, 2018

Clients growing and expanding their in-house agencies was among the “troubling trends” uncovered in the survey. Another problem area expressed by agency executives was “a decline in commitment from their clients to their partnership, and a lack of understanding of the value they offer as an agency partner.”

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Harvard Uncovers a 15th Century Business Success Manual

By James T. Berger January 28, 2018

The translated manual offers “early concepts of corporate social responsibility,” says Harvard Business School professor of management practice Dante Roscini. The manual also addresses “the issue of responsibility to the community and who you are as a person.”

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About The Author

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James T. Berger, Senior Marketing Writer of The Wiglaf Journal, through his Northbrook-based firm, James T. Berger/Market Strategies, offers a broad range of marketing communications, research and strategic planning consulting services. In addition, he provides expert services to intellectual property attorneys in the area of trademark infringement litigation. An adjunct professor of marketing at Roosevelt University, he previously has taught at Northwestern University, DePaul University, University of Illinois at Chicago and The Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan (BA), Northwestern University (MS) and the University of Chicago (MBA). Berger is an often-published free lance business writer who has developed more than 100 published articles in the last eight years. For more information, visit www.jamesberger.net or telephone him at (847) 328-9633.