Tag Archives: business model

Can “fast fashion” be part of the circular economy?

This piece from edie.net is interesting for two reasons.  First, it demonstrates how public policy may influence operations.  Second, it highlights how business models may have to change if they are to be part of the circular economy (blogged about … Continue reading

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Product-Service Systems role in the circular economy

There’s a great deal of interest right now in the “circular economy”, as evidenced by yesterday’s blog from Mark Camilleri.  The ‘old’ economic model of ‘take-make-consume- dispose’ is being replaced with the concept of a circular economy, which is more … Continue reading

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The meteoric rise of gin

Interesting piece on the BBC Business website, outlining the significant rise in gin consumption in the U.K.  Apparently 1.5 m. more adults now drink this beverage than four years ago.  It seems a major factor in this was a change … Continue reading

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AI will change most firms business model

The latest BCG Artificial Intelligence Global Executive Study and Research Project  report has just been published on the MIT Sloan Management Review website (here).  It surveyed 3,076 executives from around the world, and interviewed 36 in depth.  One of the … Continue reading

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“…as a Service” applied to agriculture by the Small Robot Company

Back in 2012 I blogged about cloud computing and explained three alternative models of this –  ‘infrastructure as a service’ (IaaS), ‘platform as a service’ (PaaS), and ‘software as a service’ (SaaS).  The “… as a Service” business model is … Continue reading

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Mission Mars growth plans for Albert’s Schloss

Albert’s Schloss is a beer hall concept in Manchester, designed and operated by the Mission Mars group.  If you’ve not been there, do the next best thing – visit its website.  And if you’ve never heard of Mission Mars, here’s … Continue reading

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The emergence of a new industry sector – eSports

Fascinating article from Deloitte Insights about the eSports industry.  The market for video games is more than double the global box-office sales for movies. A large niche in this market is competitive gaming – where individuals and teams compete against … Continue reading

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Gaucho… Oucho!

The Gaucho chain of restaurants has gone into administration.  Already this year other restaurant chains have announced closures – Jamie’s Italian, Prezzo and Byrons.  This has been put down to “consumers changing the spending habits”. Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44870789 But let’s look at … Continue reading

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Cost and speed no longer a trade off in online retailing

In our book and on this blog we bang on about order winners (OWs).  Just to remind you an OW is a “characteristic which directly contributes to winning business from customers”.  And we go on to say OWs “are unlikely … Continue reading

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Differentiating between “regular” and “premium” customers

There are many operations in which there are different classes of customer – such as hotels, hairdressers, and airlines.  This is based usually on how much the customer pays for different levels of service.  In many cases it is not … Continue reading

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