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On November 20, 2016, Regan commented on Beer Me A Beer :

It seems like the Three Tier System is very outdated, but I understand the legislative hesitation to do away with it because it would cause who knows how many businesses to shut down. In lieu of policy change, I would think they would want to focus most on bull whip effect mitigation. It seems like there is the most variability here and the most opportunity for them to smooth out their supply chain.

On November 20, 2016, Regan commented on Baseball’s Big Data Revolution :

I’m curious how these stats, while useful for player acquisition and trades, translates into revenue for the clubs and the league. Baseball popularity has decreased over the last few decades, so how is being able to better track players translating into more tickets bought or games watched? Clubs can only afford to have so many good players (and therefore expensive) at one time, so I see how it could help a player negotiate for a better contract, but, as you know, one player does not necessarily make a team good overall so the team still may not be that exciting to watch.

On November 20, 2016, Regan commented on Can Searching for Apartments Online Be Luxurious? :

I am not familiar with this company, but for luxury brands such as this I would think it would want to rely more on word of mouth marketing rather than being added to sites like Zillow or Trulia. I would think that being “lumped in” with the rest on these aggregate sites would decrease their brand equity. This being said, I would focus more on social media and real estate agent promotion.

On November 20, 2016, Regan commented on Emirates Airlines: A Quest for Service Quality :

I am actually surprised at how well Emirates is doing. I knew they were doing well, but I did not expect them to be in the top 4 internationally. The reason I assumed they wouldn’t be too profitable is because they serve a niche market. While customer service and the other things you outline are great, they are extremely expensive to fly therefore only a small portion of the population can ever book with them. I am curious as they continue to incorporate technology and digitization into their operations if their prices will continue to increase and they will price-out more customers.

I am a loyal FitBit user and have used my device more or less daily for 4 years now. When I was working at TI, our insurance provider gave us discounts if we had an activity tracking device and we would have challenges within our teams for the most amount of steps walked in a day/week/etc. I always saw the issue of accountability. While I can say I own an activity tracker, there is little way for the insurance companies to take my word for it or have proof that I actively use it. Maybe insurance companies should work on a way to link the data.

On November 7, 2016, Regan commented on Say goodbye to skiing as we know it? :

It’s interesting that Vail has to combat two things here: climate change and losing customers in the short term. They seem to be fighting for revenue while also fighting global warming. Something else Vail could do to try and help mitigate the effects of global warming is issue discounts or incentives to people who, for example, drive electric cars or are doing their part in other ways. It seems like the company is trying to do their part, but if they could incentivize others to as well then that would only help them in the long run (ski pun).

Thanks for the insight into the electric vehicle world! One thing I kept thinking about while reading this article was the actual production facilities that GM owns to produce their cars and how much waste and pollution they produce. I would be curious if they are really putting their money where their mouth is and implementing environmentally conscious processes or are they just producing electric cars because that is where the market is going.

On November 7, 2016, Regan commented on The Battle at the Top of the World :

This is a very interesting perspective on climate change effects on a business. It seems that Chrystal Cruises has no incentive make any changes to their current actions. This being said, it seems to me that it would be the government’s job to implement regulations and limitations to help save this region. I realize that you outlined the issue of territorial disputes between the US and Canada, but I believe because this is a “new” region that both countries should meet to officially recognize the region as Canada’s or international waters. And we thought all parts of the world had been discovered…

On November 7, 2016, Regan commented on Coral Bleaching Threatens Luxury Travel Company :

Not too surprisingly, we wrote our articles on very similar subject matter. I took the angle of a scuba equipment manufacturer (Mares) and what they could do to combat the same issue. In reading your article, I realized that travel and equipment companies should team up and sponsor awareness initiatives. Mares is honestly doing very little to combat climate change, so it sounds like Kuoni is way ahead of the game here. Mares could benefit from learning from Kuoni’s tactics. One thing that Mares does seem to do better, however, is they have a very active blog with educational articles in addition to diving tips.

In reading this, two thoughts come to mind. First is going back to our Indigo case. I wonder if the technology they are using in wheat and other grains could be applied to grape vines as well. My second thought is with changing too much in the wine industry there might be resistance from the vineyard owners. In my limited experience with French vineyards, they are family owned and go back generations so I can’t imagine that they would be too willing to make drastic changes to their operations.