Browsing All posts tagged under »Walmart«

What was Seth Godin Thinking? Why FTD is the Walmart of the flower industry

July 17, 2017

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Over the years I have written many articles on Walmart, starting with the July 9th, 2007 post; Public Sector Procurement and the Walmart Effect which was updated in March 2013. Suffice to say, Walmart, and more specifically the Walmart model for supply chain has become the poster child for partner abuse. Because of the negative impact of the […]

How Do You Like Me Now: Revisiting The ThomasNet – Walmart Deal by Jon Hansen

October 28, 2015

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Back in my July 9th, 2015 post, I pointed to the data that supports my assertion that the majority of suppliers that deal with Walmart, likely come to regret it. I also expressed the opinion that this was perhaps one of the main reasons why Walmart sought a relationship with ThomasNet  that would enable the retailer to “tap” into the […]

Who is footing the bill for your market intelligence? by Jon Hansen

July 29, 2015

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In my interview with Shel Israel back in 2010, we discussed how Twitter would monetize its growing popularity. The segment was aptly titled Can Twitter Make Money. For those who are unfamiliar with Israel, he is one of the country’s foremost authorities on social media, having co-authored the book Naked Conversations, How Blogs are Changing […]

A confident disclaimer from ThomasNet VP regarding Walmart deal? by Jon Hansen

July 22, 2015

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“We are not here to pass judgement – the suppliers can speak for themselves . . . it is up to them to decide” – Tom Greco, VP of Publishing Operations at ThomasNet.Com It is rare that one receives the answer to a question in such a direct and concise manner, so as to remove any […]

Walmart “Tapping” ThomasNet Gives One An Uneasy Feeling by Jon Hansen

July 9, 2015

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“Responding to feedback from its vendors that finding U.S. sources of supply was a challenge, Walmart found the solution in ThomasNet.com, industry’s leading platform for product sourcing and supplier discovery.” – Bloomberg Newswire, July 8th, 2015 One of the most frequently used taglines in the movies is “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” It […]

You know that you are likely a supplier bully when . . . by Jon Hansen

February 10, 2015

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I just read an interesting post on the Nipendo blog titled “Supplier Bullying: Cutting The Branch You Are Sitting On” by Eran Livneh. It actually reminded me of a post I wrote back in 2007 and have revisited many times since, regarding Walmart’s treatment of its suppliers.  In particular the Vlasic Pickles case study. “Finally, […]

Should procurement have a say in terms of its organization’s sales strategy? by Jon Hansen

December 9, 2014

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Dating back to my post on July 9th 2007 titled Public Sector Procurement and the Walmart Effect I have, throughout the years, made many references to the Vlasic Pickles – Walmart story While I viewed the now famous case from the perspective of the old adversarial you get what you negotiate not what you deserve approach […]

Like a big screen action thriller, all that was missing from Barner’s ThomasNet article was popcorn . . . by Jon Hansen

September 3, 2014

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From a penny wise, pound foolish acquisition to a misdirected NPM reference involving Walmart, Kelly Barner’s recent ThomasNet News article “Three False Assumptions About Strategic Sourcing” had it all.  The only thing missing for me with this roller-coaster ride of sheer procurement enjoyment, was hot buttered popcorn and a big box of Mike and Ike. […]

Is Walmart’s new “made by women” product labeling sexist? by Jon Hansen

July 7, 2014

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“The path to gender equality does not involve stickers pointing out that a product has been made by a female entrepreneur. Women are not a charity group. If we want to help women in business, let’s close the pay gap and remove the glass ceiling – and then let products designed by women rise or […]

Walmart sues Visa for price fixing; A “Vlasic” example of what is good for the goose is not good for the gander by Jon Hansen

March 29, 2014

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One of the most enduring posts here on the Procurement Insights blog in terms of overall reads is a piece I wrote on July 9th, 2007 titled “Public Sector Procurement and the Walmart Effect“. One would think that after 7 years the insights it offered might no longer apply because after all, things change.  However when […]