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Nov 02, 2014

A Local Alternative to the Amazon Trap

I have written extensively here about how the manipulated control of a manufacturer’s products by Mega-Customers has become one of the most....More
Oct 18, 2014

Let's Stop Scaring Ourselves to Death

We are not biologically wired to deal with the 24/7/365 news media. It is scaring us to death....More
Sep 19, 2014

War Drums Get Louder in Eastern Europe

While much of the world’s attention is once again on the Middle East, we should not lose focus on Eastern Europe. In recent weeks, the rhetoric....More
Sep 13, 2014

Apple Now in Walmart's Distribution Trap

Over the years, I have written in this space how a Megacustomer (one that equals more than 10% of a firm’s total revenue) will ultimately....More
Aug 22, 2014

Why No One Will Ever Understand the Supply Chain

The daily struggle of keeping things moving forward makes it difficult to take a step back and appreciate the wonder of business and the supply chain....More
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Jul 27, 2014

The Cracks at Wal-Mart Get Even Deeper

I’ve been writing for 15 years that the Wal-Mart model is unsustainable; and, will ultimately cannibalize itself. Recent news that the....More
Jun 19, 2014

Are Russian and Saudi Oil Behind the Crisis in Iraq?

A low-key meeting on June 3 between the foreign ministers of Russia and Saudi Arabia has many wondering if the recent jihadist advances deep into....More
May 31, 2014

June 11, 1998: The Day the World Changed Forever

Pundits, “experts”, and gurus thrive on telling us what the future will hold. They tell us that if we somehow collect better data- and....More
May 06, 2014

Capitalism Without Competition

Seemingly everyone in New York and Paris is walking around with their copy of Thomas’s Piketty’s new book Capital in the Twenty-First....More
Apr 26, 2014

The Joy of Public Transport

For generations, compulsory military service in the Western World- at least for most males- produced a leveling effect.   It didn’t....More
Apr 13, 2014

Has Supply Chain Success Ruined Marketing?

Writing a new book is like going back to school. You’re always learning novel things; and, being challenged about what you think you know. Tim....More
Mar 15, 2014

The Sabotage of MH 370

Some contextual points regarding the now admitted sabotage of Malaysian Airways Flight 370:....More
Mar 02, 2014

Fracking, Ukraine, and Russia

Let’s start with this premise: Ukraine has always been a vital part of Russia’s existence. As Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote in 1998, “....More
Feb 06, 2014

What is Going On in Panama?

As a regular visitor to Panama, I've been "reporting" the past several years in this space on the progress surrounding the expansion of....More
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