Jul 262013

(Foreword: We have asked Tom Osenton to contribute a blog to Kotler on Growth because of his scholarship and provocative strategic insights on economic growth. We were very impressed by his book The Death of Demand, 2004, FT Prentice Hall. He traces the historic decline of U.S. consumer decline and challenges us to find a way to live in a permanently low growth [read more]

Jul 212013
Wal-Mart at a Crossroad

Wal-Mart faces a daunting business challenge. When Wal-Mart started its high growth strategy in 1969, it followed the movement of American middle class families from declining cities to new suburbs. Wal-Mart built thousands of stores to service this massive migration of growing household income, along with distribution centers to link these suburban and exurban stores into the largest retail chain [read more]

Jun 192013
China's Urbanization for Economic Growth

On Sunday, June 15, the New York Times ran a lengthy and dramatic article on “China’s Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million into Cities”. There were 550 comments, 95 percent of which were negative, partly by animus, but largely by ignorance. Let me sum up the article, so I can clarify misunderstandings and contribute to a better understanding of the role [read more]

May 092013

    Thank you for your feedback, Milton, I greatly appreciate (and am humbled by) the input from one of the preeminent thought leaders in Sino-International Marketing.On partnering: I could not agree more. I believe that some of the most     lucrative opportunities in China and in the US are most efficiently     exploited by win-win partnerships, mainly because the alternative of [read more]

Mar 052013
Government Blocks AB InBev Growth

The U.S. Justice Department has sued AB InBev’s planned $20 billion acquisition of Corona from Mexican owner Grupo Modelo, on the grounds that the expanded AB InBev and MillerCoors would dominate the U.S. beer market and raise prices to the detriment of consumers. This is the same Anti-trust concern that prevented the AT&T acquisition of TMobile and UPS’s bid to [read more]