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Great article! I have always been a skeptic about 3D printing because of not being sure of how scalable the technology is. By seeing it in the context of Nike, you can see this issue being addressed and get a glimpse of the potential it has. I also agree with Action Bell how this technology and form of digitization is particularly well suited for a company like Nike that already provides a lot of customization abilities to its customers. Like all digitization in various parts of supply chain, the ultimate goal is how can you add more value to the customer, whatever your definition of “value” is.

On December 1, 2017, Paris commented on Sustainability: When Doing Good Is Good for Business :

Very interesting article as it highlights that while climate change overall might be a negative phenomenon for mankind, it might provide some great opportunities to businesses that are willing to focus on sustainability and build it into their supply chain upstream as well as at the consumer level.

To the point of pushing sustainability at the consumer level, I think consolidated orders and making changes in the logistics downstream are low hanging fruits to attain sustainability and should definitely be focussed on.

On December 1, 2017, Paris commented on Can Macy’s Stay Competitive? :

Very relevant writeup as it highlights the challenges of a lot of retailers today – should we stay local or should we move to e-commerce. I completely agree with your proposal that the focus lies on the in-store experience and that they should be thinking from the perspective of what value do they add and how should they communicate that. As a consumer, I think the biggest value add for me is having a consistent experience between store and online (assuming they have both channels) — so items that I see in store should also be present and easily searchable on the e-commerce portal. Since either channels have their pros and cons, this hybrid setup will allow them to provide a customizable experience and build loyalty.

Interesting read, but again, more a case of nationalism vs isolationism. Additionally, the nationalism might be a temporary phenomenon associated to the current government and can be subject to change in the future. Hence in the shorter term, Goodyear should focus on expanding capacity in their current facilities vs opening new ones. As far as longer term strategy is concerned, Goodyear is already doing good as they have placed their production facilities closer to demand (as pointed out in the write up above)

On December 1, 2017, Paris commented on Where in the world will our wine come from? :

Very interesting read, especially because it is about a product that we all can relate to 🙂

There is usually a lot of negativity and concern associated with Climate Change. In a very refreshing way, this writeup introduces opportunities and benefits associated with Climate Change. I am personally entirely on this side. With access to better technology in general, there will be ways to mitigate the negative effects of climate change as far as wine supply chain is concerned – negative effects such as variability, inconsistent quality and flavor. Hence we will always be left with a net positive effect of climate change in this case.

On December 1, 2017, Paris commented on US Isolationism Takes Flight to Ground Bombardier :

Thank you for the interesting read, Judy. I do think, however, that this is not entirely an example of isolationism from America — as pointed out by Sergio as well. The point about where should governments and policies fall on the spectrum of being entirely nationalistic (selfish) to being charity organizations for other nations, really resonated with me. In this case, I think the US is doing the former, but with good reason and isn’t really isolating the other nations but just doing more for themselves.