Business Strategy

Williams-Sonoma Is King Among Undervalued Retail Stocks

Understanding the business model.<p>The advantage that separates Williams-Sonoma from other retailers.<p>WSM is undervalued.<p>Seven additional brands and …

Business

In spite of digital transformation, 2017 did not yield the desired financial results for GE

GE is a great example of a traditional company that has recognized the need to transform into a digital organization, but by all measures 2017 has been a tough year for the industrial giant financially.<p>The company stock price has tumbled, and last week it announced that it was laying off 12,000 …

Business

Getting Intelligent About Artificial Intelligence: 6 Ways Executives Can Start

By Davia Temin, Bruce Molloy, Jayanth Kolla<p>This past June, <i>Fortune Magazine</i> asked all the CEOs of the Fortune 500 what they believed the biggest challenge facing their companies was. Their biggest concern for 2017: “The rapid pace of technological change” said 73% of those polled, up from 64% in …

Entrepreneurship

Did Jeff Immelt Fumble The GE Handoff?

Once considered the best-managed company in America, a stalwart top 10 in the S&P 500 with a dividend safer than Fort Knox, General Electric has …

Jeff Immelt

Kick back, crack open a cold one, and let’s talk about competition in the beer market

By: Gavin Jackson<p>Americans may be paying too much for their lite beer.<p>That is the suggestion made by a paper published this week in top-class …

Beer

Book Reviews: 'Raise Capital On Your Own Terms' And 'Pursuing Profit With Purpose: Benefit Corporation Law And Governance'

Lawyer Jenny Kassan guides startups beyond the venture capital maze to find investors that match their social purpose.<p>Lawyer Frederick H. Alexander …

Business

Winmark: High ROIC Business Model With An Undervalued Stock

This firm operates a franchise model that leverages the success of specialized brands, without the heavy capital expense of a traditional retail …

Stocks

Creating a Strategic Plan for 2018

<b>Every week as</b> <b>SmallBizLady</b><b>, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter</b> …

Small Business

Why The Secret To Protecting Your Business's Future Growth Is External Focus

Getting distracted by the busyness of today's growth puts tomorrow's growth at risk.<p>As Blue Apron prepared its IPO at the beginning of this year, the future looked bright. The New York-based meal kit company had been growing exponentially since it was founded by Matthew Wadiak, Matt Salzberg, and …

Blue Apron

UPS Taps Wal-Mart Executive for a ‘Transformation’ Role

UPS said it is tapping Wal-Mart Stores Inc. executive Scott Price to be its chief transformation officer, effective Dec. 11.<p>The company said the role …

Fashion Industry

AV Group CEO Issues Year-End Letter to Shareholders

LA JOLLA, Calif., Dec. 07, 2017 -- via NetworkNewsWire -- AV Group, Inc. (OTC:AVOP), a publicly traded investment and holding company, is issuing the …

Cannabis Industry

For Oilfield Suppliers, It's Adapt Or Die

It's going to take more than $60 oil to rebalance the oilfield supplier sector. The problems run too deep.<p>Investor skepticism toward the oil and gas …

Business

Egencia Is Looking for Scale in Mergers and Acquisitions, Not New Geographies

When it comes to mergers and acquisitions activity in corporate travel, Expedia Inc.’s Egencia business is looking for increased volumes and scale in …

Hospitality

Michael Porter And The Small Step From Smart Connected Products To Smart Connected People

At the recent World Business Forum in NYC, Michael Porter replayed his perspective on how smart connected products are changing the competitive landscape by their ability to monitor, control, optimize and automate systems. Now augmented reality is breaking down the divide between virtual and …

Entrepreneurship

Why Businesses Need to Identify Which Metrics Matter Most

By Dennis Hung<p>Even the most sophisticated data analysis techniques and methods may be of little real value for businesses that fail to identify the …

Small Business

Mattel's Turnaround: A Complete And Total Overview

Mattel has come under massive sales pressure with the shift in consumer spending habits.<p>They've fallen behind the curve in late years but introduced …

Business

The Simple Reason Why I Won't Buy iRobot Corporation Stock

iRobot Corporation is the leader in a high-growth industry, but there is simple reason preventing me from buying its stock.<p>There is a simple reason …

Stocks

Swiggy Appoints Vishal Bhatia as CEO of New Supply Business

Strengthens focus on solving for consumer gaps in assortment with Vishal Bhatia joining as CEO of New Supply; accelerates business and partner …

Innovation

Disney Buying Fox Assets - Strategic Implications And Prospects

Several sources report that Disney and Fox are close to a deal.<p>Disney would acquire most of Fox's assets, enlarging its portfolio of intellectual …

Business

Would You Buy This Smart Beta Strategy?

Smart beta investing strategies are on a roll. As one of the fastest growing exchange-traded fund (ETF) categories, there are now nearly 700 …

Business

Open Text: Diamond In The Rough

Recent acquisitions of Dell EMC, Guidance, and Covisint. These acquisitions will allow Open Text to leverage their platform into different areas and …

Business

11 Questions With Oakmark's Bill Nygren And Win Murray

Reflecting on your current holdings, did the Oakmark Select Fund buy from a “shopping list” where you waited for your price/value point, or were you more opportunistic, following and buying from market mispricing?<p><b>Win Murray:</b> Both parts of your question combine for the correct answer: We …

Investing

Why Strategy Without Execution Will Get You Nowhere

Executing a strategy without engaged people is impossible, and brilliant strategies without execution are meaningless.<p>Executing a strategy without engaged people is impossible, and brilliant strategies without execution are meaningless.<p>I’ve long believed that the purpose of strategic planning is …

Management

Are Top-Managed Companies a Good Investment?

The Drucker Institute will launch an exchange-traded fund that aims to find out<p>By<p>Ken Brown<p>Ken Brown<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@kenbrown12<p>ken.brown@wsj.com<p>Peter Drucker is a legend among management consultants. But can he pick stocks?<p>The late Mr. Drucker built his legacy telling executives to …

Peter Drucker

The Journey to Strategic Sourcing: A Roadmap

<b>Benefits of a Strategic Approach to Procurement</b><p>In today’s competitive business environment, procurement departments are being challenged to do more …

Business Planning

5 Ways to Use Analytics to Boost Your Company’s Bottom Line

By Tracey Smith<p>The topic of data analytics is one of the hottest in business today. It comes with promises of delivering business insights and high …

Customer Service

Ascena Retail Group (ASNA) Q1 2018 Earnings Conference Call Transcript

ASNA earnings call for the period ending September 30, 2017.<p><b>Ascena Retail Group</b> (NASDAQ:ASNA)<br>Q1 2018 Earnings Conference Call<br>Dec, 4, 2017 <i>4:30 p.m. …

Investing

Xactly Appoints New CFO to Accelerate Strong Momentum

Source: imported from this press release.<p>SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Xactly, a leading provider of cloud-based incentive solutions, has …

Business Planning

‘No Right Business Model For The Indian Markets’

After a rather long struggle beginning 2010, RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group scion Shashwat Goenka has finally turned around the loss-making retail chain, …

Business Planning

Bank Pioneers Move To Manage By Customer Episode, Not Product

Banks have a stiff challenge with meeting consumer expectations for digital tools, as people grow accustomed to simple, convenient digital channels in other parts of their lives. Consumers young and old prefer using websites and mobile applications for their routine banking transactions, Bain & …

Banking