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Wal-Mart’s ecommerce approach to combat Amazon.com

An article in Bloombergbusinessweek (April 2, 2012) cites WalMart’s 8 % growth in 2011 vs Amazon.com’s 41 % growth as reason for WalMart to innovate in the ecommerce space. The result (a) Endless Aisle – which permits customers to order … Continue reading

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The impact of post office cost and rule changes

An article in the New York Times (March 26,2012) describes how different industry sectors might be impacted by decisions made by the post office. Greeting card manufacturers and drug distributors claim that increased post office rates will decrease their demand … Continue reading

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How many US jobs did Apple create ?

An article in the New York Times (March 7,2012) describes a report by Apple claiming go have created 517,000 US jobs. While the number includes jobs created at glass panel and chip manufacturing plants at Corning and Samsung, it also … Continue reading

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The Jones Act of 1920 and today’s gas prices

An article in the New York Times (March 11,2012) describes the impact of the 1920 Jones Act, that mandates use of US carriers, with US built ships and employing US cargo, for domestic cargo transport by sea. Thus, US oil … Continue reading

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Mexico’s gain at China’s rising cost expense ?

An article in the Wall Street Journal (Feb 6, 2012) describes data that trains and trucks carried 9 % more freight last year from Mexico to the US, while container traffic from Asia dropped 0.2 %. As we have heard … Continue reading

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Asian container flow to the East Coast, Panama canal width and Long Beach

An article in the Economist (Jan 28, 2012) describes the impact of increased Panama Canal width to handle large ships and the consequent container shipments to the East Coast being sent directly to East Coast ports, rather than being shipped … Continue reading

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From China to Cambodia – shifts in the global apparel supply chain

An article in Bloombergbusinessweek (Jan 16,2012) describes the impact of the rising yuan, environmental rule enforcement and rising wages (18 to 20% annually the past three years) driving manufacturing to locations out of China – such as Cambodia. With weekly … Continue reading

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Real time analytics and Schwan food sales growth

An article in the Wall Street Journal (Jan 4,2012) describes Schwan Foods network of        6,000 home delivery drivers and their use of real time data analytics. Operasolutions, an analytic consulting company, mines purchase patterns to identify a … Continue reading

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Dynamic Pricing of taxicab fares and fairness

An article in the New York Times (Jan 9,2012)  describes taxi pricing at Uber, a company that charged $27 per mile at the start of New Year’s Eve and $135 per mile late night.  Prices were revealed at the wnd … Continue reading

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US Canada border delay easing and impact

An article in the Wall Street Journal (Dec 8, 2011) describes the US-Canada border delays as costing the Canadian economy $ 15.8 billion.  A new plan is expected to simplify clearance, with goods entering by ship to a US or … Continue reading

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