Archives tagged: retail

The New Invisible Hand: Five Revolutions in the Digital Economy

The Elephants in the Room

By Kyle T. Westra May 24, 2019

Having value-creating channel partners is much better than the alternative. But even good partnerships carry risk. In the channel, one of those risks is that the partner becomes more powerful than the supplier.

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Retroactive Rebates: Decision Inexactitudes

By Tim J. Smith, PhD April 30, 2019

Since rebates are accrued and paid to customers later, one could state that all rebates are “retroactive” in that they impact the effective pocket price captured after the invoice is issued, and generally are issued after the invoice is paid. But that is too broad of a definition of “retroactive rebates.”

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Channel Strategy in CPG

By Kyle T. Westra April 30, 2019

Forgoing traditional channel distribution didn’t stop Oatly from a quick expansion. The New York Times reported in January 2018 that “Oatly has spread from 10 locations in New York to more than 1,000 locations nationwide,” less than a year after it landed in the U.S. 1,000 locations pales in comparison to its footprint had they  teamed up with grocery retail.

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Strategic Movements: April 2019

By Tim J. Smith, PhD April 30, 2019

Ford is gearing up its Flat Rock, Michigan plant to produce an EV (electric vehicle) SUV (sports-utility vehicle).  Intended sale date of 2020. This is market is hot. Good luck Joe Hinrichs, President of Global Operations.

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Pricing Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs

By Tim J. Smith, PhD March 25, 2019

Entrepreneurs are generally entering a business landscape with less information, less skills, less resources than an established business. In fact, one should wonder how any entrepreneur can succeed against large, entrenched corporations they’re forced to share the market with.

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Treating Channel Partners Strategically

By Kyle T. Westra March 24, 2019

Common examples of channel partners include wholesalers, distributors, and retailers. All of these activities are necessary tasks for a functioning commercial organization. If the supplier doesn’t do one of these tasks, a channel partner must. Conversely, if a channel partner doesn’t, the supplier must.

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Strategies for Retail Survival in the Amazon Era

By James T. Berger March 24, 2019

In Winning in an era of unprecedented disruption: a perspective on U.S. retail, McKinsey and Company, the international consulting firm that specializes in retail, says the U.S. retail industry is experiencing disruption – in reinvention – at an unprecedented speed.

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Do CPG Companies Really Have Control over Pricing?

By Tim J. Smith, PhD February 27, 2019

What can a CPG control and what must be taken as a “given” from the market? Which price should a CPG use as its benchmark for comparing different channels and retailers? Which price points should a CPG attempt to manage?

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The Netflix Success Story: Reaping Rewards from Disruptive Innovation

By James T. Berger November 30, 2018

Netflix, a company founded in 1997 as a direct mail retailer of DVD movies, has made a series of brilliant business decisions that have elevated the company to an elite player in today’s home entertainment marketplace.

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Major Commercial Policy Design Issues

By Tim J. Smith, PhD October 30, 2018

In this missive, I examine how companies selling to end customers through distributors and retailers can design their commercial policy.

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