July 2018 Archive

July 26, 2018
Why Do the Biggest Companies Keep Getting Bigger? (WSJ)

Your suspicions are correct: The biggest companies in every field are pulling away from their peers faster than ever, sucking up the lion’s share of revenue, profits and productivity gains. New data suggests that the secret of the success of the Amazons, Googles and Facebook s of the world—not to mention the Walmart s, CVSes and UPSes before them—is how much they invest in their own technology.

July 10, 2018
High-Skilled White-Collar Work? Machines Can Do That, Too (NYT)

A key part of a buyer’s job is to anticipate what customers will want using a well-honed sense of where fashion trends are headed. In the small but growing precincts of the industry where high-powered algorithms roam free, however, it is the machine — and not the buyer’s gut — that often anticipates what customers will want.

July 2, 2018
Inside Tesla’s Audacious Push to Reinvent the Way Cars Are Made (NYT)

Scrambling to turn out its first mass-market electric car, the automaker set up multiple assembly lines and is changing production processes on the fly. Robots can do only so much: Tesla aims to hire about 400 employees a week to help accelerate Model 3 production.

July 2, 2018
Home Depot and the Arc of Today’s Supply Chains

Home Depot plans to add an incredible 170 distribution new facilities across the US, so that it can reach 90% of the population now in just one day or even less. The new sites will include dozens of direct fulfillment centers for next-day or same-day delivery of fast moving SKUs, as well as 100 local hubs where larger items like patio furniture and appliances will be consolidated for direct shipment to customers.