Just this week, we learned that the uniforms our good ole’ USA team will be competing in during the London Games are made in China…ouch.
Recent economic developments have (e.g. lower dollar, etc.) have brought a few manufacturing jobs back to the US, but by and large (as a consumer) it is still hard to step into a main street retailer and find “Made in the USA” products [...]
A few months ago, I was kicking around thoughts on the new social media darling known as Pinterest with a few folks during a seminar. A bubbly young lady (let’s call her Tina) who was deep in the planning process for her wedding, lit up with enthusiasm. She rattled off examples of how she used the site to discover items and put together wedding looks. When she finished telling the [...]
A couple of years ago, Mark Zuckerberg had a hypothesis that the next area of social media to “blow up” would be social commerce. A ton of hype was generated around the potential direct eCommerce opportunity within Facebook and manufacturers rushed to create “e-shops” inside the giant social network.
Unfortunately, many of the new stores on Facebook’s brand pages didn’t work well for several large, “traditional” retailers. By Feb 2012, we [...]
More and more people are starting to understand that they really can drive change using the simple power of their wallet (or purse). Today, online players like The Ethical Superstore in the UK are making it easier for people to buy a range of Fair trade, Organic, and Eco-friendly products through a provider that they trust.
The Ethical Superstore is still very young…launched in Nov. 2006, they’ve recently merged with Natural [...]