Category Archives: Strategic Planning

Finding Solutions in Unusual Places

Written on March 6, 2014 at 10:00 am, by

Companies that look for solutions outside of their given field or narrow band of focus are often rewarded.   UPS has developed new shipping containers made of a composite material called MacroLite, similar to that used in body armor, as well as an active fire suppression system.  Tests show that these new containers which weigh  Continue Reading »

Solving the Complex Problem

Written on February 6, 2014 at 9:50 pm, by

What is the best way to solve challenging problems?  Who inside or outside the organization is best equipped to do so?   Business scholars Karim Lakhani and Lars Bo Jeppesen studied Innocentive, the service that helps connect companies that have a problem or technical challenge with ideas and solutions that anyone in the world can  Continue Reading »

Postal Service Gets With the Times

Written on November 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm, by

Starting December 12, the U.S. Postal Service will begin a test of same day delivery service for online shoppers residing in San Francisco – with additional plans to expand this program next year into Boston, New York and Chicago.   Could such an offering eventually become the moneymaker the Postal Service needs to replace the  Continue Reading »

The Penney Experience

Written on August 13, 2012 at 5:47 pm, by

J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson has outlined his plans to make the retailer a “mall within a mall,” including in-store shops and a central “town square.”  In August, the company introduced free haircuts for kids for the back-to-school period. In the Levi’s shop denim bar, J.C. Penney has added iPads.   Store traffic in the  Continue Reading »