These are questions that arise as a consequence of the digitization of the global/local supply chain in the peer-to-peer model.
Longtime correspondent Bill M. reckoned I missed the longer-term story in my piece on the Alibaba IPO: namely, that the Alibaba Model of makers selling directly to buyers could undo the Wal-Mart Model of super-stores dependent on massive inventory. My essay The China Boom Story: Alibaba and the 40 Thieves addressed the China Boom rather than the Alibaba model, so let's compare and contrast the Alibaba model and the Wal-Mart model.
If you have an outside-the-mainstream book-length idea that identifies the business trends of the future and you're under 35 years of age, you might want to enter a book proposal inThe Bracken Bower Prize competition being sponsored by the Financial Times (FT.com). The winner will receive £15,000 and the winning proposal will also be published on FT.com. The deadline for entries is 5pm (BST) on September 30th 2014.
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