Is Walmart Dropping Drop Shippers?

Is Walmart Dropping Drop Shippers?

September 29, 2018

Walmart is experimenting with its policies for online orders involving items that are drop shipped directly from the vendor to the customer.  Specifically, it is considering changes to products called “everyday consumables.”

In the past, Walmart would pay for UPS ground shipping to have the item shipped from the vendor directly to customers.  However, as the retail giant searches for increased profitability in the fourth quarter, it has dropped this policy on lower-priced items (items with a wholesale price of $28 or less).

Many vendors have seen their items on Walmart’s web site display as “out of stock,”  even when these items show as “in-stock” in internal Walmart databases.  This has resulted in zeroed sales from the Walmart web site for many vendors with lower-priced items in the everyday consumables category.

This post is based on the Talk Business & Politics article, Walmart.Com Tests New Fulfillment Protocol for Consumables, Some Vendors in Limbo, by Kim Souza, August 30, 2018. Image source: creativenature © 123RF.com.

Discussion Questions:

1. Why is Walmart changing its policies?

Guidance: This relates to the problem that many online retailers are facing—the last mile delivery.  Free shipping (for 2 Continue reading

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Coca-Cola Is Killing Zombies

Coca-Cola Is Killing Zombies

September 28, 2018

Is Coca-Cola hunting zombies?

Yes, but in this case a zombie is a product whose sales have not grown over the last three years.  Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey requests “zombie reviews” for each market using a guide that was developed for these reviews.

Already this year, Coca-Cola’s Middle East and North Africa business units have identified over 125 zombies that have been or will be removed by the end of the year.

This post is based on the Beverage Daily article, Coca-Cola Steps Up the Zombie Hunt: More Than 100 Products Identified For Elimination, by Rachel Arthur, August 13, 2018. Image source: Shutterstock / Gillian Entress.

Discussion Questions:

1. Why eliminate zombies?

Guidance: As the article states, removing zombies reduces complexity.  Resources that went to zombies could be diverted to “star” products or to introducing new products.  These resources cross the entire organization from the marketing department through the supply chain.  This reduction of complexity make it easier to efficiently run the entire supply chain.  Ideally, this will put the resources on the products that will produce the most revenues for the organization.

2. Any potential problems with killing the zombies?

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Microchipping Opens Doors for Employees

Microchipping Opens Doors for Employees

September 23, 2018

Three Square Market, which implanted 100 employees with microchips last year to open doors, log into computers, or buy snacks from vending machines, is working on a new microchip with GPS tracking capability and voice activation. This chip can also monitor vital signs and in the future, applications could involve storing medical records for use in emergency situations.

The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is implanted in the hand between the thumb and forefinger.  Some are concerned with privacy issues, but some are embracing the technology, including about 4,000 users in Sweden who can ride trains without tickets or turn on lights in their apartments.

How far this will go is yet to be seen, but many believe the technology will become widespread.


Video Spotlights: Wisconsin business chips employees and This is what it feels like to get microchipped


This post is based on the Washington Post article, This firm already microchips employees. Could your ailing relative be next?, by Peter Holley, August 23, 2018; and the videos, Wisconsin company implanting chips in employees, by CNBC, July 27, 2017, and This is what it feels like to get microchipped, by Continue reading

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