Archives tagged: Walmart

Walmart increases digitalization during the COVID-19 recession

In the Age of COVID-19, Walmart Ups Its Digital Game

By Nathan L. Phipps September 20, 2020

Future historians will have the ultimate say, but it seems to me that 2020 is a year for the history books. For…

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Strategic Movements: December 2019

By Tim J. Smith, PhD December 11, 2019

Elon Musk Delivers Pleasant Surprise Tesla Inc. had record deliveries in Q3 2019 resulting in overall profits. Anticipated 2019 production is currently…

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Is That Membership Paying Off?

By Kyle T. Westra October 16, 2019

My wife’s favorite holiday is Halloween. As such, we were in the market for a life-sized skeleton for the house. We also…

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Target and Walmart Score Some Points Against Amazon

By Nathan L. Phipps September 13, 2019

Anyone who follows the retail industry is aware of the relentless ascent of Amazon, a tech giant that has completely transformed the…

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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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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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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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Strategic Movements: October 2018

By Tim J. Smith, PhD October 30, 2018

Procter & Gamble announced price increases for Pampers and Bounty in July 2018. Kimberly-Clark similarly announced price increases for Huggies and Viva in August 2018.  Both cite inflationary cost pressures specifically pulp. Monitoring competitive price moves is good business intelligence. Watch out for inflation 2018

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Strategic Movements: May 2018

By Tim J. Smith, PhD May 23, 2018

Walmart took a 75% stake in Flipkart for about $15 billion. Flipkart was recently valued at $11.6 billion in April 2017.  Nice premium.  Big value of Flipkart: they know how to compete online.  Jet.com wasn’t good enough for Walmart.  Now it is going abroad.  Good thinking. We are all on this planet together.

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