Does that romantic iPod Touch make you swoon?

photo credit: Claudia Snell In a recent email, Apple Corp positions the iPod Touch as just the right personal, possibly romantic touch on Valentine’s Day.  While they apparently never heard of “never buy a lady something that plugs in” as a holiday gift, they’re trying to span the chasm between romance and something that plugs […]

Did management learn anything after 246 years?

Poor management can crush something as big and strong as Wal-Mart. Today’s guest post comes from NY Times contributor Judith Flanders, who writes about the failure of the current owners of Waterford Wedgwood to continue the legacy of Wedgwood’s founder, Josiah Wedgwood. While brief, it contains several nuggets I’d categorize as “instructional”. Packaging and perception […]

Stampedes and shootings: Just another Black Friday

It’s hard to imagine why big national retailers continue to play the fools game, thinking that by discounting their prices 40-50% or more they’ll increase their profit. Perhaps they think they’ll make it up on volume. When you cut prices, the first thing that you give up is a piece (or all) of your profit. […]