AMAZON’S WAR ON CRaP
Amazon’s analytics can identity SKUs on which they “Can’t
Realize a Profit” (CRaP). Even with their improving, world’s best fulfillment
and last-mile delivery costs, they can’t cover costs on items lower than $15
AMZ’s fixes to date?
Continue reading 135. Fix Your CRaP Items and Their Root Causes
The “Yellow Vest”
protests in Europe echo the “We are
the 99%” (Occupy Wall Street movement) – back in August ’11. Both are
symptoms of declining, discretionary income for the bottom 95%+ of households
(in first world economies). Buying homes and having kids in the US is
unaffordable for the average Millennial. And,
if you have any promising, young employees,
are they job shopping?
Continue reading 133. Your Reply to the 2020 “Crisis of Capitalism”
Invasion of Better Clone SKUs for Less
Retail “hard discounters” (HDs: Aldi, Lidl and Trader Joe’s) and Amazon have attacked B2C factory brands in the past 18 months. In 2017, the HDs announced big expansion plans for the US, while Amazon ramped up their B2C private-label-clone SKUs. Then, in October (’18), AMZ quietly announced their “brand accelerator program”. Prediction: this program will spark the creation of new B2B clone products on Amazon.
The Clone Formula: Equal or Better Quality For 50% Less
Continue reading 128. Brand Power-Shift To Your Service-Value Solutions
Baseball’s Lessons For Distributors
Two books document the rise of game-changing analytics within major league baseball (MLB): Moneyball (’03) and the highly-recommended, Astroball (7/18)[i]. The 2018 MLB playoffs featured the best, most analytically-empowered teams (along with big-talent payrolls).
Studies on MLB analytics departments from ’03 to ’18 reveal that: Continue reading 125. Rent An Analytics Champ To Jumpstart a Renewal
“The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” – William Gibson
AMAZON’S LAST MILE, LOGISTICS NEWS
- (Oct. 10) “The USPS seeks a 12.3% price increase” on the 40% of AMZ’s packages that it delivers. AMZ suggests that the projected $1B cost increase won’t matter in 2019. (?)
- (10/17) Hiring “Seasonal Delivery Associates” (for $17.25/hour). Doesn’t this compete with AMZ’s new “Delivery Partners” (6/28)? The Partner start-ups will use the 20K (initially 4.5K) of leased Mercedes Sprinter Vans. Perhaps: a) shipments are growing faster than total delivery capacity. Or, b) AMZ believes it can innovate lower last-mile costs than the USPS, etc.
- (11/5/18) Free holiday shipping for all (matches Target’s promotion). AMZ will win any battle of fulfillment-cost attrition because: a) It has best customer clickstream advertising income and b) most efficient warehouse costs.
Continue reading 122. Amazon News; Uberization of Local Deliveries?
THE MYTHICAL CASSANDRA
…Was a beautiful princess of besieged Troy who enchanted Apollo. To win her charms, Apollo gave her the gift to foresee the future. But, when she reneged on romance, he compromised the gift so that no one would believe her predictions. She begged fellow Trojans to not take the Wooden Horse (left behind by the Greeks) into the city’s walls, but to no avail. Continue reading 120. Your Best Cloud-Commerce and the Mythical Cassandra