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Tesla is Designing Distribution

Investors are enamored with Tesla, and what's not to like? Tesla is transforming the vehicle market with battery powered cars, whose style and performance are the equal of the best cars on the road. The cars even drive themselves. Tesla has manufacturing facilities that display the latest advances in robotic technology. The largest battery manufacturing plant in the world provides an innovative battery that stores power for an entire house. With Tesla’s recent acquisition of SolarCity, the vertical integration is complete as they deliver one stop shopping for the consumer in the electric car market. In a world where the platform is everything, Tesla may have the greatest advantage of all the

Amazon is Placing Product

Amazon's recent bid to purchase Whole Foods sent a shudder through the grocery sector as Amazon's relentless focus on the customer and cost management brings the threat of further price compression into the grocery industry. Stocks in the industry reacted obligingly by dropping on the announced acquisition. The industry, however, is very familiar with a cost leader entering the space. Walmart opened groceries with lower prices, but the quality was not as consistent, and entrenched players competed on quality and service. This outcome is critical to success for Amazon: with a profit margin of about 2% its hard to drastically improve the margins on the operations in the grocery business. The r

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