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Apr 06, 2015

Andrew R. Thomas' Blog has Moved!

Read Andrew R. Thomas' latest commentary on IndustryWeek's Ideaxchange....More
Feb 27, 2015

The Death of PowerPoint? Let's Sure Hope So2

You might be able to divide human progress between the pre and post PowerPoint era. Before the creation of this most hideous of “advancements,....More
Feb 01, 2015

Where the Smartest People Work1

One of my students, a soon-to-be MBA graduate, asked me a great question recently: "Where do the smartest people work in America today?"....More
Jan 03, 2015

Timeless Lessons from the Manhattan Project

Leaders and managers can learn a lot from the success of the Manhattan Project....More
Dec 07, 2014

The Biggest Surprise About $2 a Gallon Gas

Reading is a large part of what I do for a living. Each day I have the opportunity to spend 2-3 hours going through books, trade journals, magazines....More
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 Death2

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 Deeper11

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?1

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 Competition2

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
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