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Can Uber be a hyper-local logistics provider ?

An article in Fortune magazine (October 7,2013) describes the capability of Uber, the taxi app software provider whose main capability rests on the algorithms that enable its drivers to remain utilized by matching the dynamics of the spatial demand and … Continue reading

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Is P&G’s plan to cut package contents to increase prices a winner ?

An article in the Wall Street Journal (September 8, 2013) describes a plan by Proctor and Gamble (P&G) to reduce 8 diapers from a box of 140 while maintaining the price, thus raising prices by 6%. This policy follows the … Continue reading

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Does fast fashion enhance poor garment manufacturer working conditions in Bangladesh ?

An article in the New Yorker by James Surowicki (May 20,2013) quotes MIT political scientist Richard Locke as suggesting that fast fashion, with short cycle times, high variety and demands for quick turnaround, force garment manufacturers to demand poor working … Continue reading

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Will consumers pay a premium for ethical transparent supply chains ?

An article in CNN (http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/26/living/aj-zady-ethical-fashion/index.html?hpt=hp_c3) describes two companies, Small Trades and Zady.com, who focus on providing all details of their supply chain – from the factory location to the employee sewing the apparel. The hope is that fashion conscious consumers … Continue reading

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Can low shale gas prices attract new steel capacity to the US ?

An article in the Financial Times (June 19,2013) describes a new plant in Ohio built by Vallourec to produce steel tubes for the oil and gas industry. The company describes the low US gas prices, as well as the surging … Continue reading

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Should Tesla be permitted to sell cars direct to consumer ?

An article in the Wall Street Journal (June 18, 2013) describes the electric car company Tesla’s attempt to sell direct to consumer from its own stores. The company can do so in states such as New York, New jersey, Massachusetts, … Continue reading

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Decreasing production to increase profits at Ferrari

An article in the Financial Times (June 11, 2013) describes a plan to decrease production by Ferrari by 400 vehicles this year, down to 6,900 cars. The plan is to continue to maintain the exclusivity of the brand, add capacity … Continue reading

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