Transportation Woes

We have previously discussed on the blog how the COVID-19 pandemic and the supply chain challenges that accompanied it wreaked havoc with California ports. New sources of supply chain challenges are on the horizon. Multiple transportation methods may see disruptions this winter—rail, barge, ship, and truck.

The rail strike appeared to have been averted, but that may have been premature. Six of the 12 unions approved […]

Subway’s New Menu Revisited

OM in the News blogged about Subway’s new menu in July 2022. Subway changed its 57-year-old approach of having customers build their own sandwiches, and rolled out 12 chef-inspired Signature Series sandwiches to push customers to order by sandwich name or number.

Now the results are in. The results indicate an 8.4% increase in same-store sales from the quarter a year ago. For September 2022, the results are even better at nearly 11% year-over-year growth.

In 2021, sales improved […]

Skimpflation

As inflation is impacting the prices of products, many organizations are looking for ways to cut costs. One such approach previously examined by OM in the News is the concept of shrinkflation, when companies reduce the size of the product. In many cases, customers don’t notice the change is size.

Now, instead of reducing the size of the product, some companies are changing the ingredients, choosing cheaper alternatives. This approach is being referred to as skimpflation.

One example of […]

Location Decisions in Russia for Western Brands

The withdrawal of many Western businesses from Russia following its invasion of the Ukraine in February of 2022 has led to a new generation of Russian oligarchs purchasing these abandoned assets.

The ability of these new entrepreneurs to be successful in this endeavor remains to be seen.  Operating the businesses that have been left behind poses significant challenges. The Kremlin will likely work hard to make sure that these businesses don’t go under.


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