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April 09, 2014

"13 Reasons Why H-E-B Is The Best Grocery Store In America"

I think a lot of grocery retailing aficionados would reserve "best" for Wegmans. (The May Consumer Reports does.)

But I've read a lot of good things about H-E-B (formerly HE Butt). What say you, Texans?

UPDATE: A couple days after this ran, Business Insider posted "17 Reasons Why Wegmans Is America's Best Grocery Store".

17-13, Wegmans wins.

April 08, 2014

It's good to be MJ

"How Michael Jordan Made $90 Million In 2013".

Nike released the Air Jordan 10 “Powder Blue” retro sneaker on Saturday, 20 years after the first Jordan 10s hit shelves. Like all the Jordan retro releases, this one was highly anticipated and first-day sales hit $35 million. For perspective, in all of 2013, Adidas sold $40 million in the U.S. of the signature shoes of its top star, Derrick Rose. The Bulls’ current star guard isn’t the only one operating in the shadow of Jordan. Reigning MVP LeBron James is the top seller among current NBA players with $300 million at retail last year for his Nike shoes, according to data tracker SportsOneSource. Jordan crushed those numbers with $2.25 billion in U.S. retail basketball sales in 2013. It has been more than a decade since Michael Jordan last appeared in an NBA uniform, but MJ most certainly has still got it.

March 31, 2014

"Made in the U.S.A. (Again)"

Here's good news.

(But we need our government to encourage, rather than discourage, energy production and we need our schools to keep up with all this technology.)

March 28, 2014

"The Ten Most Obnoxious Luxury Car Ads You'll Ever See"

Some silly ads well and truly nailed.

March 27, 2014

"How Taco Bell's Lead Innovator Created The Most Successful Menu Item Of All Time"

The interesting story of the Doritos Locos Taco.

March 26, 2014

"5 Brilliant Strategies Jeff Bezos Used To Build The Amazon Empire"

I think I've mentioned before that any organization should consider implementing the Two Pizza Rule.

And I'm currently reading and really enjoying Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon. Strongly recommended.

March 20, 2014

"How a Startup Created the No. 1 Rated Mattress on Amazon"

Our mattress is getting rather old, so I found this interesting. Do we want to save about 50% on a new mattress by buying one sight unseen?

March 12, 2014

"Higher ed’s failure to deliver qualified graduates to business world starts in first grade with the public school monopoly"

Mark J. Perry:

Unless and until the public school monopoly and the teachers unions are reformed, universities will continue to provide four years of largely remedial education to high school graduates ill-prepared for university-level learning, and will continue to deliver college graduates lacking the necessary skills and required competencies for success in the business world.

March 04, 2014

"A financial engineering operation masquerading as a technology company"

It's an interesting argument for "impending demise" of IBM.

But it seems to me some people were saying the same things 20 years ago. 

February 27, 2014

"Beyond School Supplies: How DonorsChoose is Crowdsourcing Real Education Reform"

Congratulations to DonorsChoose for making the cover of Fast Company and for being selected Fast Company's ninth "Most Innovative Company".

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