Posts Tagged ‘ strategic choices ’

Cooperative selling business model

August 1, 2012
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Cooperative selling business model

Michael Golden, co-founder and former CEO of Shoprunner, discusses the Shoprunner business model.  Based upon consolidation of back-office activities, Shoprunner’s multichannel retail collaboration program brings together a consortium of retailers on one website to which consumers subscribe for access to cross- shopping and delivery.  Recently, Golden was replaced by former Yahoo! CEO, Scott Thompson.  The…

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SpaceX— a NASA savior?

July 26, 2012
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SpaceX— a NASA savior?

The SpaceX Dragon unmanned spacecraft docked successfully with the International Space Station on May 26.  The significance of this event lies in the unique public-private partnership between Space Exploration Technologies Corp (SpaceX) and NASA.  The NASA seed investment of $400 million has led to a $1.6 billion contract for cargo flight services for SpaceX.  These…

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Country of parts, manufacturing and origin―consumer purchasing considerations

July 26, 2012
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Country of parts, manufacturing and origin―consumer purchasing considerations

In this recent study funded in part by in part by the Margaret Mangel Research Catalyst Funds and Seeding Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration Funds by the College of Human Environmental Sciences at the University of Missouri, the author investigates the impact of country origins on consumer purchasing decisions.  In this particular study, the subject matter concerns…

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Made in the USA

July 26, 2012
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Made in the USA

From restorer of statues in churches to mannequin production to themed carousels to seasonal decor, the Barrango Inc. has been in the sculpture business in the San Francisco bay Area since 1910.  As retail trends evolved, the company found it needed to change and adapt its offers as well.  Working closely with its clients, today…

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Offshore cost competitiveness threatens local manufacturing

July 26, 2012
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Offshore cost competitiveness threatens local manufacturing

Cash flow limits this small manufacturing plant’s access to new production methods.  Offshore competition from Asia threatens this French company that continues to operate without any investment in new technologies that could reduce the manufacturing costs.  With little access to investment capital, the company stands little chance for survival. Source:  Adapted from http://www.tutor2u.net/blog/index.php/business-studies/comments/costs-cashflow-and-closure-the-last-french-beret-maker Bookmark on…

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Staying competitive in Chinese manufacturing

April 28, 2012
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Staying competitive in Chinese manufacturing

As China becomes more sophisticated in its business manufacturing processes and management of its international presence, the type and sophistication of products being produced is evolving.  Moving toward more high-end profit producing activities as well as into niche markets is beginning to pay off.  This video clip exposes the changes in the Chinese manufacturing landscape.…

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