March 2017 Archive

March 22, 2017
China Sees a Manufacturing Future—in America (WSJ)

Beset by high taxes, slow shipping, one Dongguan shoe maker looks to the U.S. But the real key is technology: Advanced manufacturing is leveling the playing field.

March 16, 2017
Zara’s New Focus: Bigger Bricks, More Clicks (WSJ)

The Fashion retailer signaled it will speed up closures of smaller stores to open bigger ones. Analysts say Inditex’s new strategy leaves plenty of space for the online platform to expand without cannibalizing the brick-and-mortar shops. By closing smaller stores and focusing on flagship stores, customers who aren’t close to these stores could be prodded into shopping online.

March 5, 2017
Blockchain: A Better Way to Track Pork Chops, Bonds, Bad Peanut Butter? (NYT)

The blockchain — the buzzy, bewildering technology behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin — is starting to be applied to real-world problems like tracking pork chops, shipping containers and footwear with a speed and security not currently possible. The IBM-Walmart partnership is one of the biggest practical tests to date.