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Partnering with Amazon? Think twice fashion retailers — Sharmila C. Chatterjee

From Fortune When I read that Amazon was in talks to partner with big fashion retailers like J. Crew, Abercrombie & Fitch and Neiman Marcus, it got my attention. Despite Amazon’s leadership position in online retail, you typically don’t associate these higher-end clothing retailers with a mainstream site that targets essentially everyone. If we were talking about a partnership between Amazon and Wal-Mart  WMT -0.94%  or even Costco, that would be far less surprising because of their parallels in broad customer bases and emphasis on low prices. But rather than partnering, Wal-Mart is making its own investments to level the playing field with Amazon. So why are fancier retailers like Neiman Marcus considering such a partnership? What are the risks? And do these risks outweigh the possible benefits? I think they do. For starters, look at the recent Amazon-Hachette dispute that followed failed contract negotiations. According to recent reports, Amazon  AMZN -0.53%  raised prices for Hachette books and … Read More »The post Partnering with Amazon? Think twice fashion retailers — Sharmila C. Chatterjee appeared first on MIT Sloan Experts.  Read the full post >

How to Eradicate Ebola in 100 Days — Trond Undheim

Stopping the spread of Ebola as quickly as possible is crucial. Several disjointed paths seem to be in motion, both regionally and globally. Last month’s Africa Summit in Washington DC touched on it but did not have all Ministers of Health present, and individual African countries have issued scattered curfews but no effective travel bans on citizens in affected areas. The WHO continues to issue warning statements of varying levels of severity, most recently with a casualty figure of 10,000 deaths, which may not impress those who realize that seasonal influenza kills scores more—so should we not worry, then? Meanwhile, many, especially in Africa, are looking to the WHO for more than predictive statistics. The WHOs recently published 26-page Ebola Response Roadmap makes but a small dent in this disease. The EU just pledged $180 million to strengthen health systems, train health workers and support mobile labs, but that figure … Read More »The post How to Eradicate Ebola in 100 Days — Trond Undheim appeared first on MIT Sloan Experts.  Read the full post >






 

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