Amazon Puts Restaurant Industry on Notice
Bloomberg View, June 16, 2017Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods is likely to lower prices. That would exacerbate a trend that already has the industry nervous: the growing gap between the cost of eating at home and going out.
America Is Awash in the Wrong Kinds of Stories
Bloomberg View, June 03, 2017Cultures are held together by stories, and the big stories competing for dominance in America today are demoralizing. One misleadingly divides the nation into patriots and traitors, the latter defined as anyone who bucks the party line. The other portrays the American story as nothing more than a series of injustices in which every seeming accomplishment hides some terrible wrong and the country’s very existence is a crime against humanity.
When Buying Life Insurance Was Deemed Immoral
Reason, July 2017Why 19th-century Americans wouldn't buy life insurance and why they changed their minds.
The Future of America's Shoe Obsession Is Male
Bloomberg View, May 30, 2017If current trends continue, men’s U.S. shoe sales will soon surpass women's. Why?
The Boosterism Behind China's Silk Road Story
Bloomberg View, May 24, 2017China's Road and Belt initiative is about more than infrastructure or foreign policy. It's national myth-building for a domestic audience.
Adam Smith Needs a Paper Clip
Reason, May 2017The pin factory, re-examined.
Why Food Is Taking Over Your Life
Bloomberg View, April 26, 2017Filling a primal physical need turns out to be a perfect match for the digital age.
The End of Men? Not in the Retail Sector
Bloomberg View, April 19, 2017The "retail apocalypse" is destroying traditionally female jobs while creating ones for men.
Pepsi: The Company Desperately Trying to Be Something It Isn't
Bloomberg View, April 05, 2017The Pepsi Generation is old and gray and the company that gave birth to it just got a sharp reminder that the appeal of saccharine soda ads is dead.
The Impact of Digital Technology on Textile Manufacturing
AATCC News, April 04, 2017Whether for large-scale contract manufacturers or artisanal designers, new digital systems are opening new possibilities for making and using textiles. And, as with the e-textiles discussed in last month’s issue, some of the most promising early markets are for home goods and interiors.