Category Archives: amazon

Which is the Innovator? Kroger or Amazon?

Now, first of all, Kroger is a Cincinnati-based company not a Seattle-based company, so it is only natural that I should hear more about the things Amazon is experimenting with than those of Kroger, owners of a portfolio of grocery brands, including: Ralphs, Fred Meyer, QFC, Kroger, fry’s, Food4Less, King Soopers, Harris Teeter, and more. ...

Amazon Buys Whole Foods Market: Evolutionary, Not Disruptive

The big news this last week? Amazon buys Whole Foods. Many in the press are thinking that this is a disruptive move. If you ask me, I’d say it’s more evolutionary than revolutionary. A few years ago, I was doing some foresight consulting for a large brick-and-mortar retailer, who, at the time was (and probably…

Eliminating Walls in B2B Platforms (keep an eye on Amazon)

The stark truth of platforms and ecosystems for B2B companies is that there will never be one dominant platform that everyone accepts and leverages. In fact there will almost always be several segmented platforms in any company or industry. This means there is real value in being a platform bridge or connector.

A Peek Inside the Mind of Jeff Bezos

It is not too often that the leader of a Fortune 500 gives you an insight into how their company achieves competitive advantage in the marketplace in a letter to shareholders, instead of launching into a page or two of flowery prose written by the Public Relations (PR) team that works for them. The former ...

Behind the Scenes: An Inside Look at Amazon’s Futuristic Distribution System

Ever since Ford revolutionized auto production by implementing the assembly line in 1913, manufacturing has come a long way. One of the current innovations taking place pertains to distribution. With an extremely demanding multinational client base and fierce competition from rivals, fast and efficient distribution is becoming one of the greatest competitive advantages for a ...

Behind the Scenes: An Inside Look at Amazon’s Futuristic Distribution System

Ever since Ford revolutionized auto production by implementing the assembly line in 1913, manufacturing has come a long way. One of the current innovations taking place pertains to distribution. With an extremely demanding multinational client base and fierce competition from rivals, fast and efficient distribution is becoming one of the greatest competitive advantages for a ...

Lessons from Four Great American Innovators

In 1912 a young scientist from New York, Clarence Birdseye departed on a fur-trading expedition to Labrador in Canada. While he was there he noticed that the local Eskimos kept their fish fresh in winter by freezing it in the ice.  He was intrigued to find that the fish retained its flavour and did not ...

A New Way Amazon Changes Everything

The arrival of the Internet began major disruption to decades old methods of consumer packaged goods (CPG) distribution. The tried and true method of manufactures selling to a collection of wholesalers, who then sold the product on a range of retailers began to be reexamined. We saw the arrival of online retailers like Amazon who ...