There is no Joy in Bentonville: Has the Mighty Walmart Struck Out?

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by Charles Moore, President, Premier Products On October 14, 2015 Walmart shocked Wall Street with its worst one-day plunge in 27 years. The shares of the corporate giant dropped 10 percent for a loss of $21.5 billion in market capitalization. Since February, Walmart’s stock performance has plummeted 29 percent. Walmart’s senior management team has declared […]

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Demand is High: How Will The U.S. Handle Organic Food Shortages?

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by Charles Moore, President, Premier Products In 1997, U.S. sales of organic food and beverages totaled less than $4 billion, according to the Organic Trade Association. Fast forward to 2014, and the OTA reports organic sales surpassed $35 billion, with demand projected to grow to over $100 billion by 2025. While U.S. growth in total […]

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Subcontracting and the Supply Chain: How Government is Adapting

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By Michael P. Fischetti, Executive Director, National Contract Management Association Government contracting is as old as government itself. Two key factors: 1) reduced budgets and 2) more complex contracts, have forced government to learn more about supply chain learning.   First, as budgets and the role of government (particularly Federal) in business declines, the impact […]

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Technology Builds In The Construction Industry

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by Chris Slezakowski, Market Strategist Traditional in nature and highly manual in execution, construction is perhaps one of the last industries to feel the impact of the digital revolution. Aerospace, automotive, industrial manufacturing, banking and finance; these and other sectors have become increasingly automated and have harnessed the power of digitization, yet the built environment […]

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Are Consumers Doing their Shopping Online or In Line?

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by Moodie Coretti, Director of Ecommerce, Pinnacle Foods The grocery industry is experiencing significant changes which are set to change the future of grocery shopping in the United States in the near and far future. The grocery disruption being felt by consumers, retailers and the supplier community as a whole is driven by the ever-growing […]

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Is This the Recession or Resurgence of Retail?

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by Alicia Erdman, Founder and Principal, Wildwood Advisory Group Forecasts for retail have been particularly dire recently, with many news outlets anticipating a retail “apocalypse” as e-commerce continues to gain traction. However, performance on Black Friday and through the remainder of the holiday season of 2017 was strong. Even some department stores – the format […]

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When it Comes to E-Commerce, You Can Bet on Pets

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by Phillip Cooper, Pet Industry Expert and President, North American Sales & Marketing As the number of pet parents increase, individuals are doing more and spending more to take care of their “fur babies”. Whether they are buying the basics, like food, grooming and boarding, or their pets are enjoying more lavish lifestyles with stays […]

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The Sustainability Opportunity: Tell Your Story, Reinforce Trust In Your Brand

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by Carl Jorgensen, Director, Thought Leadership-Wellness, Daymon Worldwide The foundational idea is that something is sustainable is that it is resilient and long-lasting. Or, as the famed University of Chicago economist Milton Friedman framed it, “What is unsustainable will not be sustained.” To those of us running businesses and those of us making public policy, […]

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WeWork, Coworking and The Disruption of Office Real Estate

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by Alex Cohen, Chief, Commercial Specialist at Compass Between August 2016 and July 2017, only Amazon has leased more office space than WeWork in the United States. Though shared office spaces (office environments in which multiple firms sublet places to work within a single demised office space) still occupy less than 1% of all office space in the United […]

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No Need to Wait for Driverless Cars

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by Alex Cohen, Lead, Commercial Specialist for CORE Group Marketing In less than five years, Uber and its competitors transformed the way many of us choose to get around cities. Likewise, they disrupted the business and leisure traveler’s attachment to rental cars. Now much attention is focused on how driverless cars will inevitably transform urban and […]

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