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On November 20, 2016, Fergie Ferg commented on AMAZON IS BUILDING BRICK AND MORTAR BOOKSTORES. SERIOUSLY. :

Thanks for this post Spencer, very interesting! This makes me very excited, as I prefer printed books to e-books. I believe we will see more digital companies adopt this trend, and build brick and mortar stores. The tough part of this strategy surrounds deciding store location. Outside of best-sellers, I imagine consumer book interest is different across regions. After you construct stores in NYC, Chicago, DC, and other major markets where do you build?

On November 20, 2016, Fergie Ferg commented on Online retailing and the Dollar Shave Club :

Great post Pablo. Although I never used DSC, I did use Bevel, which is another razor subscription service. I actually found the monthly replacement overwhelming at times. I would often have razor build-up, as the service recommended changing blades everyday. Nevertheless, what DSC accomplished is nothing short of amazing, disrupting an old boring industry. I’m interested to see how Unilever handles this. Also, will DSC remain cool and hip as it once was?

On November 20, 2016, Fergie Ferg commented on When “Real” Estate Meets “Virtual” World :

Great post! Very interesting. I really admire how Lianjia is using data to improve the supply chain. I love your recommendation of using VR/AR to aid in the development process. Having worked in real estate before, there is a large disconnect between developers and consumers desires. Consumers think they would like certain designs and features until they see them constructed. I believe leveraging VR/AR could create immense value for both the consumer and developer.

On November 20, 2016, Fergie Ferg commented on Walmart working with Uber; Two Giants Join Forces :

Thanks for the post Ronnie. My biggest take-away, Wal-Mart’s digital strategy is always a day late and a dollar short. Everything Wal-Mart does seems to be a reaction to Amazon. It started with e-commerce, then moved to two-day shipping, now it’s leveraging Uber and Lyft, which is reaction to Amazon’s promise on a two or one hour delivery window. I personally believe Wal-Mart waited too late embracing technology and its days are numbered. It’s such a large (old) organization, that it’s not agile enough to adapt to the Internet age.

Great post Iryna; this is an area I’m particularly interested and passionate about. I wholeheartedly agree that the United States government, local governments specifically, must do more to engage citizens as we continue to move in the digital era. I believe if implemented correctly, technology has the ability to reinstitute citizens’ trust in government. Additionally, if citizens are engaged, the value proposition areas you mentioned above are directly impacted in a positive manner.

Although we have much work to do, cities are embracing technology with the help of businessmen, businesswomen and public-private partnerships. For example, Bloomberg Philanthropies (Michael Bloomberg’s Foundation-HBS 66′) recently launched “What Work Cities”. What Work Cities is an initiative, which provides resources to help cities use data to improve the quality of life of for its citizens. View the website here – https://whatworkscities.bloomberg.org/.

My fear as we continue to shift in the digital era concerns rural cities. Many rural cities (<100,000) are already years behind; I have interacted with local governments that still only take cash payments. How will rural cities improve their digital infrastructure and ensure their workforce is developed to deliver value to citizens?

Again, great post!

On November 7, 2016, Fergie Ferg commented on Will Global Warming Destroy E&J Gallo Winery? :

Great post. What will we do without wine? While I admire E&J’s innovate new types of grapes, it does not address the root causes of climate change. In addition to taking advantage of technology, I believe E&J and other vintners have to come together and advocate for public policy changes that will address issues threatening their industry.

On November 7, 2016, Fergie Ferg commented on Starbucks: Waking up to Climate Change :

Great post Alex! I found this post particularly interesting as avid Starbucks lover. I have always admired Starbuck’s environmental leadership. In addition to the programs you have mentioned, Starbucks has run the Grounds for Your Garden program, which reduces the organization’s environmental impact, for over 20 years. Another thing Starbucks has done to reduce its environmental footprint includes constructing LEED –Certified Stores (over 1,000). Although the organization has made much progress, I’d like to see more done to help local farmers adjust to the company’s supply chain requirements.


On November 7, 2016, Fergie Ferg commented on Seeking Snow: The Impact of Climate Change on Vail Resorts :

Great job George! The ski industry has to aggregate it resources together to have any major public policy victory. The insane thing is the ripple effect this will have on many tourist dependent economies in place like Breckenridge, Colorado and Ruidoso, NM. Additionally, although it is a great alternative, I am not convinced consumers will love the artificial snow. As an occasional skier, this post makes me sad.

On November 7, 2016, Fergie Ferg commented on Fast Fashion on a Fast Decline via Climate Change :

Great post! I found this post particularly interesting as I am a loyal H&M customer. I am elated to see H&M shift their sustainability strategy after the 2010 drought in China. More specifically, I admire the approach to set goals that ensure 100% of the transport service providers are Smartway Partners, Wayahead registered or participating in the clean shipping project. In researching ways companies can identify key issues and drivers for supply chain sustainability I found this great guide:


It will be interesting to see how H&M and other fast fashion retailers continue to optimize their supply chains with an emphasis on sustainability.

Great post. I would love to see the league take a more aggressive role in mandating owners to alter existing stadiums to be more sustainable. Additionally, I would like to know where climate change ranks on the league’s priority list? I would imagine not high since on 15% of NFL teams disclose their environmental initiatives.
Earlier in the post, you mentioned domestic violence, concussions, etc are major focus points of the NFL at this time. I would argue that these are important to the NFL due to recent public outcry. With this in mind, it begs the question, does the public set the league’s agenda? If so, will the NFL take additional steps without consumer discontent?
Again, thanks for the post and making the case for why the NFL should care about climate change.