Andrew R. Thomas

Associate Professor of Marketing and International Business, University of Akron

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Andrew R. Thomas, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Marketing and International Business at the University of Akron and a bestselling business author, whose 15 books include, most recently, Soft Landing: Airline Industry Strategy, Service and Safety and The Final Journey of the Saturn V.

His book The Distribution Trap was awarded the Berry-American Marketing Association Prize for the Best Marketing Book of 2010. Another work, Direct Marketing in Action, was a finalist for the same award in 2008.

Andrew is founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Transportation Security, contributing editor at IndustryWeek, and a regularly featured analyst for media outlets around the world.

He has traveled to and conducted business in 120 countries on all seven continents.


Posts by Andrew R. Thomas

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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

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

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

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

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

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

The Sabotage of MH 370

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

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

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