Business Planning

Why You Don't Need a Business Plan (And the 1 Thing You Need Instead)

It's a mentality, not a piece of paper.<p>There are a great many entrepreneurs who sit around all day brainstorming the perfect idea.<p>First of all, no great business comes from a long day of sitting at your desk wondering what will work. Great businesses are the product of trying, failing, iterating, …

Entrepreneurship

Every Company Is a Design Company

It's been said that every company needs to be a technology company. Many would also agree that every company now needs to be a data company as well. …

Design Thinking

When Doing Good Ends Badly for CEOs

CEOs beware: Being a do-gooder could get you fired.<p>Many corporate chieftains argue that companies shouldn’t only seek to be money-making enterprises; they should also be good corporate citizens. From Starbucks Corp. Chairman Howard Schultz to Unilever PLC Chief Executive Paul Polman, leaders …

Business

Not the Usual Suspects: More CMOs Take Winding Paths to Their Next Jobs

Sicily Dickenson was on vacation last year when she got a call from a recruiter. The 10-year veteran of energy companies, most recently power company …

Advertising Industry

Top Apps for Starting a New Business

Starting a company can be an exciting and stressful journey that spans several years. While the internet has made it significantly easier to begin a …

Small Business

Uber - A Story Of Destructive Creation

Uber cannot get themselves out of the news these days, thanks to ongoing boardroom struggles, blogs from disenchanted workers, class-action lawsuits, and regulatory fights in multiple cities around the world.<p>Uber is the archetypal “digital disruptor” and its struggles are symbolic of the broader …

Entrepreneurship

Tandy Leather Factory, A Company With Much Potential, But Only If Expansion Plans Pull Through

Niche market leading to low competition.<p>Strategic plan for operational efficiency and expansion.<p>Lack of analyst coverage.<p><b>Main thesis</b><p>I believe that …

Business

5 Lessons the Fast-Food Industry Can Teach Brands About Disruption

Staring across the digital landscape, the word “disruption” has become an increasingly familiar mantra. However, rather than making the necessary …

Advertising Industry

1400 Companies Now Put an Internal Price on Carbon

According to CDP, the global non-profit climate research provider, almost 1,400 multinational companies now factor an internal carbon price into …

Climate

B2B Strategies Can Help B2C Companies Expand Sales

With today’s omni-channel commerce landscape, B2C companies are often also B2B, and vice versa. This crossover in business models is a fruitful strategy, as it allows for increased revenue streams and marketing opportunities. But in today’s competitive market, how does a company successfully …

Entrepreneurship

Insight Enterprises - Undervalued IT Firm In An Expensive Market

Insight Enterprises (NSIT) is an American IT services company that licenses and distributes technology solutions for commercial partners.<p>Insight is …

Business

Mattel Is Weakening In Mexico

Mattel’s position in Mexico is probably stronger than anywhere else in the world yet its market share is declining at a yearly rate of up to 1%.<p>This …

Business

Interview: Unilever CEO values sustainable

SINGAPORE -- When the United Nations issued its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which were adopted by the organization in September 2015, Unilever …

Sustainability

Startups are Failing Miserably by Ignoring Human Resources Strategy – and There’s Statistical Proof!

You’ve heard the statistics about how hard it is to run a business these days but have you considered that neglecting startup Human Resources …

Small Business

Real Estate Putting Your Best Self Into Your 2018 Business Plan

“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” — Zig Ziglar<p>I’m just going to put this out …

Real Estate

The Investment Value Of Being Different

Concentrated value manager seeks an edge over the intrinsic architecture of the market.<p>Corporate culture is dismissed by most investors as “soft” and …

Business

Wedgewood Partners Q3'17 Client Letter - The Bull Market In Everything

<i>By VW Staff</i><p><i>Wedgewood Partners letter to investors for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017, "The Bull Market in Everything."</i><p><b>Review and …

Stocks

Enterprise architecture and business planning: now joined at the hip

Thanks to cloud, lines of business are increasingly engaging in technical activity. But without deep architectural expertise, things could get very …

Management

5 Reasons Why I'm Hungry For Hormel

With Hormel Foods trading at or near 52-week lows in recent weeks, it is worth looking deeper into this Dividend King.<p>Along the way, the article …

Business

It's Hip To Be Square, But Is That Enough?

Square has built a brand that appeals to young hip entrepreneurs.<p>Square's success has spawned numerous copycat competitors.<p>As the company looks to …

Business

Why Everyone's Afraid Of Amazon - And Why They Should Be

Bezos' long-term vision.<p>Focusing on markets that'll be here 100 years from now and longer.<p>Streamlining and simplifying buying.<p>Ability to compete …

Business

7 ways operators leave profits in the supply chain

And how to recover them

Business Strategy

Bloomberg: Amazon planning athletic apparel line

• Bloomberg sources say Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) plans to team with athletic apparel suppliers to make its own private-label line.<br>• The story is developing …

Stock Markets

Redbox Hires Fullscreen’s Jason Kwong as Chief Strategy, Business Development Officer

DVD-rental kiosk operator Redbox has appointed Jason Kwong — who formerly headed up content acquisitions for Fullscreen’s subscription VOD service — …

Business Strategy

Bullseye Strategy Wins Financial Services Account

Bullseye Strategy has been selected for digital marketing duties by Carolina Financial Group.<p>According to CFG it was looking for a strategic partner …

Advertising Industry

Applied Optoelectronics: Just A Bump In The Road

Newly released 3Q17 guidance offers pressure relief on stock price.<p>Current valuation when compared to future growth prospects provide a fresh new …

Business

5 Ways to Maintain a Competitive Edge, No. 1: Learn Faster

In today's fast-moving, constantly evolving world, the ability to adapt more nimbly than your rivals will usually pay off.<p>Getting ahead isn't simply …

Investing

Supply Chain And The 3G Effect

Chief Supply Chain Officers are still a fairly new phenomenon. Compared to more established C-level roles such as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer, the idea of a board-level executive in charge of all source, make and deliver functions remains novel. The logic of a centralized …

Entrepreneurship

Lockheed: The World's Most Expensive Weapon

Lockheed offers incredible moat protection. The investment firm MorningStar suggests that the moat on Lockheed is wide.<p>Cost-cutting programs will …

Business

Giorgio Armani Speaks on Restructuring and Succession Plans

The designer and chief executive speaks exclusively to BoF on cleaning up the Armani Group’s brand portfolio — and what’s next.<p><b>ITALY, Milan</b> — On …

Fashion