They Don’t Get It, Do YOU?

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The Combustion Engine. Set up a consistent rewards program for your people to earn free items of choice, such as travel, merchandise, and charitable donations. The Golden Rule for Businesses has been proven by Science.

4 Proven Strategies to Boost Income from Amazon FBA

Strategy Driven

Do your research and compare prices with stores who sell the same products as you to check if you can improve on the cost of your merchandise to boost sales. Optimizing your product titles and descriptions for Amazon’s search engine will vastly improve your FBA business’ income.

How to Promote Your Self-published Book

Strategy Driven

If you optimise your content for search engines, when internet users type related words or phrases into Google, your content could be top of the list of results. This is called Search Engine Optimisation or SEO.

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Are You Building A Business Or A Job?

Tanveer Naseer

You need to merchandise a team of managers to would-be buyers. I was tired of our endless tech problems, our inability to find enough talented engineers who wanted to work, ultimately, on blog and CrunchBase software. And when we did find those engineers, as we so often did, how to keep them happy. It’s certainly not an engineering-driven company. The following is a guest post by John Warrillow.

Are You Building A Business Or A Job?

Tanveer Naseer

You need to merchandise a team of managers to would-be buyers. I was tired of our endless tech problems, our inability to find enough talented engineers who wanted to work, ultimately, on blog and CrunchBase software. And when we did find those engineers, as we so often did, how to keep them happy. It’s certainly not an engineering-driven company. The following is a guest post by John Warrillow.

The Big Picture of Business – The Statistics Tree: Understanding Figures and What They Symbolize, Relating Directly to Your Business Success

Strategy Driven

That 2% includes all the doctors, lawyers, accountants and engineers… those of us who actually advise. Employee theft and shoplifting accounting for 15% of the retail cost of merchandise. Business bases much of what it does on statistics.

8 Ways Brands Can Fight Counterfeits in China

Harvard Business Review

Fake merchandise accounted for 12.5% They sell counterfeits on e-commerce and social media platforms that do not check whether vendors and merchandise are kosher or (if they do) can be fooled by falsified documents. It takes counterfeiters a month to reverse engineer a genuine product and bring it to market. VCG/Getty Images. Counterfeit luxury goods are big business in China.

Blockchain Could Help Artists Profit More from Their Creative Works

Harvard Business Review

LeBeau considers the engine of SingularDTV to be its smart contract system , which continually directs the flow of funding to, and revenues from, projects per the automated terms of agreement. This benefits not just actors, screenwriters, and directors, for example, but also other artists and engineers. Anyone who follows the cultural industries — art, music, publishing, theater, cinema — knows of the tussles between artists and those who feed off of their talents.

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Star Wars, Disney, and the Fandom Menace

Harvard Business Review

It's a powerful economic engine, and it propels a whole fleet of income statements. It truly is incredible for any property to remain a top seller within licensed merchandise for such a long time," says Anita Frazier , industry analyst for NPD Group, which tracks licensing.

Curiosity-Driven Data Science

Harvard Business Review

We have algorithms for recommender systems, merchandise buying, inventory management, relationship management, logistics, operations — we even have algorithms for designing clothes! This will almost surely go beyond what can be considered “side work” and they’ll need to collaborate with others for engineering and process changes. Data science can enable wholly new and innovative capabilities that can completely differentiate a company.

Do CEOs Really Have the Power to Raise Wages?

Harvard Business Review

Administrative assistants who work alongside highly compensated engineers make more than their counterparts in other fields, because the norm of fairness partially trumps market forces.

Data Can Do for Change Management What It Did for Marketing

Harvard Business Review

Retailers combine data on demographics and weather to predict sales and develop merchandising plans. Banks and lenders have predictive analytics engines that tell the lender the probability that a customer will pay them back. Neasden Control Centre for HBR. Business in the 21st century is being redefined by a data-driven revolution.

When Big Companies Support Start-ups, Both Make More Money

Harvard Business Review

Many of them started off selling merchandise from their apartments or homes, and some evolved to become power sellers. Today there are hundreds of thousands of people around the world making their living selling merchandise on eBay. As we think about the forces that could help more businesses grow into substantial economic engines, it’s important to look at the role that big companies can play, too.

Does Your Company Need an Instagram Storefront?

Harvard Business Review

Once upon a time, if you wanted to sell online you needed a sturdy e-commerce site with analytics, a robust hosting facility, and a web team to create, design, merchandise, market, and more. Instagram should not be underrated as an engine of marketing, considering the engagement beautiful images can generate. As the internet continues to make it easier to connect with potential customers, some entrepreneurs have decided that Instagram isn''t just for "selfies," but for marketing.

Why Your Company Culture Should Match Your Brand

Harvard Business Review

Each of these companies has aligned and integrated its culture and brand to create a powerful engine of competitive advantage and growth. As the industry moved toward an emphasis on customer service and merchandising, the company fell behind, because its employees were focused more on increasing inventory turns and sales per square foot.

4 Models for Using AI to Make Decisions

Harvard Business Review

At one American retailer, an autonomous ensemble of algorithms replaced the entire merchandising department. “The machine learning model is not a static piece of code  —  you’re constantly feeding it data,” says one Google engineer. It’s a different kind of engineering.” Charismatic CEOs enjoy leading and inspiring people, so they don’t like delegating critical business decisions to smart algorithms.

Use Big Data to Predict Your Customers' Behaviors

Harvard Business Review

For example, retailers like Wal-Mart and Kohl's are making use of sales, pricing, and economic data, combined with demographic and weather data, to fine-tune merchandising store by store and anticipate appropriate timing of store sales.

When Work Satisfaction Comes from Having 4 Jobs

Harvard Business Review

Here are a few examples: Gery (some of these are the individuals’ real names; others are pseudonyms) is an IT consultant, freelance writer, engineering technician, freelance marketing and PR consultant, and world-class bullwhip performer.

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Divest With Care

Harvard Business Review

GE's expertise at building and marketing engineered products is legendary, but media and entertainment call for different skills. The ability to divest strategically is as important as the ability to acquire strategically. Consider the case of the health-services giant, which had quintupled its revenues in just 10 years largely through acquisitions. The company was masterful at the buy side of M&A.

Do Customers Even Care about Your Core Competence?

Harvard Business Review

JC Penney and its failed CEO Ron Johnson had many admirable and effective core retailing and merchandising core competencies. How do you get your best or most typical customers to willingly, cheerfully and innovatively re-engineer themselves around your core competencies in ways that enhance both? A provocative—possibly apocryphal—story has the late C.K. Prahalad , the guru of “ core competence ,” doing a strategy audit for a huge Indian conglomerate.

Filing for a Patent Versus Keeping Your Invention a Trade Secret

Harvard Business Review

Insiders know it as Merchandise 7X. Unlike with patents, it is perfectly legal to reverse engineer and copy a trade secret. Is it possible for other companies to reverse engineer it? For many years, beginning in 1942, Premarin was the only hormone replacement therapy drug on the market derived from a natural source. The drug, provided as a treatment for negative symptoms of menopause, became the most widely prescribed drug in the US and Canada during that time.

Etsy's Hackathon for Good

Harvard Business Review

The company is doing pretty well: it has over 800,000 active sellers and a 15 million-person marketplace across 150 countries, and last year its gross merchandise sales reached $525 million. Etsy is an online marketplace that makes it easy for people to buy and sell all things handmade and vintage. But CEO Chad Dickerson isn't satisfied. He's committed to making Etsy a business with a higher purpose beyond profit.

How Software Is Helping Big Companies Dominate

Harvard Business Review

Walmart went from a 3% share of the general merchandise retail market in 1982 to over 50% today. Apple and Nokia both had plenty of the intangible assets necessary to excel in the smartphone business, including software developers, hardware engineers, designers.

Rethinking the Function of Business Functions

Harvard Business Review

P&G's vaunted ability to launch breakthrough products isn't just a matter of R&D; it requires an integration of competencies, including consumer insights, engineering, external partnerships and brand marketing. for example, set up a unit like this in the early 1980s; merchandising, IT, and supply chain worked together to develop the company's celebrated direct-store-delivery capability, enabled by handheld devices that Frito-Lay developed itself.

An Insider’s Account of the Yahoo-Alibaba Deal

Harvard Business Review

search engine company Inktomi in 2002. The previous year the company had generated more than $4 billion in gross merchandise sales through its platform, yielding about $50 million in revenue. Editor’s note: When the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba goes public, as it will soon, Yahoo will earn many times its significant original stake in the company — a surprising ending to a tale of experimentation and discovery.

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