Growth Strategy

Experience the WalMart Irony

Experience the WalMart Irony

WalMart is saying it will wow shoppers with an amazing new ‘in-store experience’. Boy- things change! WalMart rose to prominence as the retailer that removed virtually every facet of the ‘experience’ provided by traditional stores. Stores that helped you find items, special ordered items for you, gave workers a living wage & full time benefits, supported local [...]

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Nordstroms Comes North

Nordstroms Comes North

Nordstroms is coming to Canada; that will give The Bay, Holts and even some of the Yorkville designer boutiques some concern. The uber-trendy haute quality attire retailer, whose slogan is “Reinvent yourself”, has a superb reputation for high fashion & terrific customer service.  Why expand to Canada? It’s doing well economically (unlike eg Spain, Italy, [...]

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Google News: A Flight Delay for Expedia & Travelocity?

Google News: A Flight Delay for Expedia & Travelocity?

Recently I wrote that Google had acquired Frommers, predicting it would lead to a ‘service enhancement race’ in online travel-booking. You know the players: Bottom-end Travel booking: Priceline.com. Hotwire.com Midscale Travel Booking: Expedia, Travelocity Upscale/B2B Travel Management: Carson Wagonlit, American Express Travel, etc Specialists: Hotels.com, Bookings.com Travel  Tour Expertise: Michelin, Lonely Planet, Rick Steeves, Frommers [...]

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Thinking of LIKING Facebook Given Share Price Plunge

Thinking of LIKING Facebook Given Share Price Plunge

I admit I don’t like facebook’s governing structure, non-voting shares, etc. Yet I DO like the potential for facebook to get more revenue out of its daily users. An I.P.O. of $38/share assumed a Price:Earnings ratio (P/E) of 100. At that price, no thanks. But given how low their revenue capture is per daily user [...]

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If You Can’t Beat’em, Look Like You’re With Them

If You Can’t Beat’em, Look Like You’re With Them

On January 7th, I wrote on Tangerine Tango being nominated by the Pantone Color Institute as 2012′s Color Of The Year. http://www.spitfireglobal.com/2012/01/rhymes-orange/ I indicated how Michael Kors was already all over Tangerine- tops, bottoms & accessories all in loud tangerine. At the time, I thought the tangerine wave might have limited traction. After all, Tangerine [...]

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Something Old, New, Borrowed & Blue via FDA

Something Old, New, Borrowed & Blue via FDA

A friend tipped me off to recent FDA approvals; it seems to me there’s a wedding-ish theme to them:   Something Old. J&J’s new Levaquin is now approved for an affliction dating back to medieval times; the plague. Every year, 1,000 or so people still succumb to that ancient bacteria ‘Yersinia pestis’.   Something New: [...]

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A Dog’s Life- Ain’t It Grand?

A Dog’s Life- Ain’t It Grand?

So- it’s Valentine’s Day, and my thoughts naturally go to the dogs. In a good way. After all, you just gotta love dogs- the way they sense your moods (better than a  spouse), the way they just know what you need (better than a spouse), the way they entertain, know how to have fun, stay [...]

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Forced Loyalty: Nice Income but Unwise Expense

Forced Loyalty: Nice Income but Unwise Expense

With the Holidays upon us, Nestle (Krups Nescafe), Kraft (Gevalia Tassimo) and Green Mountain (Keurig) are hawking single serve coffee makers as an ideal gift item. They’re certainly a gift that will keep giving- to Nestle, Kraft & Green Mountain. Because these are “lock’em in” consumer goods that reveal a few trends all at once [...]

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Growth Makers, Growth Surfers

Growth Makers, Growth Surfers

After perusing the Financial Post Top 500 companies of Canada for both 2006 and 2010, one sees some neat changes, and intriguing signs of various types of big company growth (which, frankly, are the same broad buckets of sources of growth as apply to smaller firms so let’s pay attention, entrepreneurs!) The Commodity Passengers: ‘being [...]

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Globalization, Intimidation & Western Nations

Globalization, Intimidation & Western Nations

I’m giving college lectures next week on International Business; in preparation, I pondered the huge changes that occurred since I left Business School in the chariot era, in global business practices & in attitudes towards international business. Such as the attitude that there are ‘low cost’ nations & ‘high cost’ nations from which to run [...]

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