The ART Of Business http://www.industryweek.com/blog/29236/feed en Has Supply Chain Success Ruined Marketing? http://www.industryweek.com/blog/has-supply-chain-success-ruined-marketing <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Writing a new book is like going back to school. You&rsquo;re always learning novel things; and, being challenged about what you think you know.</p> <p>Tim Wilkinson and myself are currently writing the follow-up to our 2009 work <a href="http://www.distributiontrap.com/"><strong>THE DISTRIBUTION TRAP</strong></a>.</p> <p>Throughout the process, a recurring theme has regularly -- and surprisingly -- come up. It has a lot to do with the success found in managing global supply chains.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/art-business">The ART Of Business</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/has-supply-chain-success-ruined-marketing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/has-supply-chain-success-ruined-marketing#comments The ART Of Business Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:22:00 +0000 116291 at http://www.industryweek.com The Sabotage of MH 370 http://www.industryweek.com/blog/sabotage-mh-370 <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Some contextual points regarding the now admitted sabotage of Malaysian Airways Flight 370: </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/art-business">The ART Of Business</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/sabotage-mh-370" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/sabotage-mh-370#comments Global Economy Leadership The ART Of Business Sat, 15 Mar 2014 13:37:00 +0000 113841 at http://www.industryweek.com Fracking, Ukraine, and Russia http://www.industryweek.com/blog/fracking-ukraine-and-russia <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Let&rsquo;s start with this premise: Ukraine has always been a vital part of Russia&rsquo;s existence.</p> <p>As Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote in 1998, &ldquo;Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire.&rdquo;</p> <p>The ties between the two have been bolstered by Ukraine&rsquo;s near-complete dependence on Russian energy, particularly natural gas, which Russia has sold at inflated levels for years.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/art-business">The ART Of Business</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/fracking-ukraine-and-russia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/fracking-ukraine-and-russia#comments Global Economy The ART Of Business Sun, 02 Mar 2014 13:47:00 +0000 112511 at http://www.industryweek.com What is Going On in Panama? http://www.industryweek.com/blog/what-going-panama <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>As a regular visitor to Panama, I&#39;ve been &quot;reporting&quot; the past several years in this space on the progress surrounding the expansion of the Panama Canal.</p> <p>Until recently, things were moving along reasonably well, despite some unforseen setbacks that had delayed the completion until 2015 (about a year longer than originally planned).</p> <p>Undertaken nearly a decade ago, the creation of a third set of locks was intended to expand the capacity of the Canal expontentially, by allowing larger ships - and more containers- to traverse 50-mile journey.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/art-business">The ART Of Business</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/what-going-panama" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/what-going-panama#comments The ART Of Business Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:39:00 +0000 110491 at http://www.industryweek.com Plans and a Punch in the Mouth http://www.industryweek.com/blog/plans-and-punch-mouth <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Planning and strategy make up so much of our lives. Yet...</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/art-business">The ART Of Business</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/plans-and-punch-mouth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/plans-and-punch-mouth#comments The ART Of Business Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:51:00 +0000 109061 at http://www.industryweek.com Air Travel in 2014 http://www.industryweek.com/blog/air-travel-2014 <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The airlines&rsquo; &ldquo;Flying Cheap Strategy&rdquo;, which now has us paying for seemingly everything, will continue to search out new revenue streams.</p> <p>A pay as you &ldquo;go&rdquo; fee to use the lavatory will get more attention, as the carriers seek to squeeze every nickel out of their customers.</p> <p>While the average passenger continues to expand, seats will get smaller.</p> <p>Overall, service will remain at about the same level as it is for a guy serving six months on a parole violation. Still, ticket prices will be little changed.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/art-business">The ART Of Business</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/air-travel-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/air-travel-2014#comments The ART Of Business Sun, 29 Dec 2013 15:54:00 +0000 106661 at http://www.industryweek.com The Great $50 Billion Marketing Misallocation http://www.industryweek.com/blog/great-50-billion-marketing-misallocation <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Research shows that inefficiency within channel incentive programs is staggering...</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/art-business">The ART Of Business</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/great-50-billion-marketing-misallocation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/great-50-billion-marketing-misallocation#comments The ART Of Business Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:05:00 +0000 105231 at http://www.industryweek.com Airport Security, Obamacare, and Largesse http://www.industryweek.com/blog/airport-security-obamacare-and-largesse <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> Two recent events at airport security checkpoints in the U.S. reveal a serious lesson about public policy and government largesse.</p> <p> At LAX&rsquo;s Terminal 3 on November 1, a deranged gunman shot and killed a TSA employee at the checkpoint and wounded five others before being stopped by law enforcement.</p> <p> A week later, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, a seemingly intoxicated man ran through a checkpoint; then onto the tarmac; and, finally, broke into a parked aircraft before his arrest.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/art-business">The ART Of Business</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/airport-security-obamacare-and-largesse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/airport-security-obamacare-and-largesse#comments The ART Of Business Mon, 11 Nov 2013 01:20:00 +0000 102401 at http://www.industryweek.com Profits, Stock Price, and Food Stamps http://www.industryweek.com/blog/profits-stock-price-and-food-stamps <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> It&rsquo;s no wonder that many retailers today are very concerned about the cutbacks to the nation&rsquo;s food stamp program that are now in effect.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/art-business">The ART Of Business</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/profits-stock-price-and-food-stamps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/profits-stock-price-and-food-stamps#comments The ART Of Business Fri, 01 Nov 2013 14:28:00 +0000 101511 at http://www.industryweek.com Where Millionaires Come From http://www.industryweek.com/blog/where-millionaires-come <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> Everywhere, it seems, five-year anniversary examinations of the latest financial crisis are appearing.</p> <p> I thought it might be interesting to re-visit a much earlier bubble that burst: to remind us that nothing much new under the sun has occurred in a very long time.</p> <p> In the first part of the 18<sup>th</sup> Century, French investors piled money into the Mississippi Company, which was set-up to control the nation&rsquo;s trade in North America and the West Indies.</p> <p> Financial innovation drove wild growth.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/art-business">The ART Of Business</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/where-millionaires-come" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/where-millionaires-come#comments The ART Of Business Mon, 07 Oct 2013 16:26:00 +0000 96902 at http://www.industryweek.com A Counter to Counterinsurgency http://www.industryweek.com/blog/counter-counterinsurgency <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> I tell my students at the beginning of each semester that ideas have consequences.</p> <p> And, that a grand idea, which does not work, can be very, very dangerous.</p> <p> The recent American effort to punish Syria for chemical weapons use- that, lest we forget, pushed up oil prices and threatened an even greater spike- is rooted in what may very well be a flawed idea.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/art-business">The ART Of Business</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/counter-counterinsurgency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/counter-counterinsurgency#comments The ART Of Business Sun, 15 Sep 2013 15:01:00 +0000 92002 at http://www.industryweek.com Milestone for Panama Canal Expansion http://www.industryweek.com/blog/milestone-panama-canal-expansion <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>The first set of massive gates for the new locks have arrived!</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/art-business">The ART Of Business</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/milestone-panama-canal-expansion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/milestone-panama-canal-expansion#comments The ART Of Business Sun, 01 Sep 2013 14:26:00 +0000 89802 at http://www.industryweek.com The Disappointment of the Internet http://www.industryweek.com/blog/disappointment-internet <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>After 20 years, we can finally admit that the Internet has been a major disappointment. The hype that the Internet will be a significant improvement for our lives has, for the most part, remained just that: propaganda.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/art-business">The ART Of Business</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/disappointment-internet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/disappointment-internet#comments The ART Of Business Sun, 18 Aug 2013 13:38:00 +0000 87022 at http://www.industryweek.com The Return of Saving: Revisited http://www.industryweek.com/blog/return-saving-revisited <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> Everyday on television and in print, market experts and forecasters throw around their opinions as to when the U.S. economy will finally return to solid economic growth.</p> <p> Volumes could be filled with analyses trying to forecast the Fed&rsquo;s next move; interpret what the latest jobs report means; or, translate the latest earnings reports.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/art-business">The ART Of Business</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/return-saving-revisited" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/return-saving-revisited#comments The ART Of Business Wed, 31 Jul 2013 19:19:00 +0000 84022 at http://www.industryweek.com Even Oreck Vacuum Cleaners Can't Clean Up This Mess http://www.industryweek.com/blog/even-oreck-vacuum-cleaners-cant-clean-mess <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> Well, it&rsquo;s official now: Oreck, a high-quality U.S. vacuum cleaner manufacturer, has been finally ground into the carpet.</p> <p> I&rsquo;ve been writing about this company for more than a decade- in both my books and here in this column.</p> <p> For forty years, it was the kind of company that business students and emerging entrepreneurs are taught to emulate: an innovative, domestic manufacturer- supported by a direct sales strategy- that kept control of its products and brands.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/art-business">The ART Of Business</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/even-oreck-vacuum-cleaners-cant-clean-mess" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/even-oreck-vacuum-cleaners-cant-clean-mess#comments The ART Of Business Thu, 11 Jul 2013 00:42:00 +0000 79702 at http://www.industryweek.com