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From plastic bottle to stretchy leggings

Content marketing is on my mind these days, and here’s a great example of a consumer brand driving great internet content to talk about their product. “Companies like Girlfriend Collective advertise leggings made out of recycled material like plastic water […]

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Marc Lore steps down as Walmart’s head of e-commerce

This began as the most expensive acquihire ($3.3 billion for Jet.com) I’ve ever seen and appears to have ended successfully. He’s leaving them in great shape as a credible competitor online. “Walmart CEO Doug McMillon credited Lore in a companywide […]

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The original home shopping frenzy

All about Sears! “As they branched out into other product lines, including sewing machines, bicycles and even cars, their catalogue steadily increased in size. By 1908 it offered more than 100,000 items over 1,400 pages, weighed four pounds and was […]

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An oral history of the world’s biggest coupon

This was fun to read! “Bed Bath & Beyond’s plus-size mailer, known as Big Blue, has made it to TV, eBay, even a mobster’s kitchen drawer. “The poor mailmen,” the company’s former marketing V.P. said, “what we did to them.”” | learn […]

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How Amazon wins

The WSJ is still salty at Amazon for using their advantages, as evidenced by the second part of the title: “by steamrolling rivals and partners.” Here’s the summary: “CEO Jeff Bezos still runs the e-commerce giant with the drive of […]

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The state of automation in supply chains

Prologis is the largest owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate in the United States. “Three trends are aligning to drive higher levels of automation within our facilities.” | learn more

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The most expensive plain vanilla index funds

Index funds and efficient markets seem like an inseparable match. They look good compared to actively managed funds that don’t, on average, earn their fees. But what about the efficient market for index funds? Why do so many pay extra […]