There’s No Such Thing as a Free Delivery

For consumers and retailers, decisions about delivery speed and price involve tradeoffs with each hoping to minimize the cost and maximize the purchase.

A New Message From Starbucks

Worried about losing sales to upscale brands, Starbucks is using competitive strategies to increase demand from affluent customers.

What New Coke Could Teach Baseball

Baseball managers say that winning requires time consuming competitive strategies that conflict with the sport’s need to shorten game time and attract fans.

Weekly Roundup: From Fed Humor to the Wisdom of Warren Buffett

Our Posts Roundup Sunday 3.01.15 Handy notes from Warren Buffett…more Monday 3.02.15 The basics of Greek tax evasion…more Tuesday 3.03.15 Insight about airline queues…more Wednesday 3.04.15 Why we subsidize Brazilian farmers…more Thursday 3.05.15 What an ATM can teach us…more  …

Why It Takes So Long to Board an Airplane

Although airlines can increase productivity when they board passengers faster, they do not use the most efficient approaches.

Why We Should Look More Closely At the Size of Our Soda

The 6-ounce bottle of Coke was the king of soda when an upstart company called Pepsi-Cola sold a 12-ounce bottle for the same price. The year was 1934 and the price was 5 cents. Pepsi’s competitive strategy has been called brilliant because its biggest costs were advertising, bottling…

Is Stadium Naming a Good Idea?

Home to the Miami Heat, the American Airlines Arena is hosting the NBA finals. Last year, American Airlines declared Chapter 11. Is it the “stadium curse?” In 2000, for $100 million, Enron bought the naming rights to the home of the…