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New York may be the "City That Never Sleeps," but the turnover of real estate for development in the city has become drowsy. Despite expectations of tax cuts and a growing economy, both huge benefits for a booming real estate market, sales of commercial property are at a six-year low.
General Motors is posting record profits even as its major rivals are moving to lower investors' expectations. CEO Mary Barra's heavy focus on profitability, and operating margins in particular, has led her to scale back or entirely abandon investments in emerging markets like India and Russia, although those markets represent many millions of annual vehicle sales. She says that GM won't win by being all things to all people everywhere.
Mary Barra may be leading GM away from its past as she focuses on a profitable future. GM is leaving some markets to focus on high profit margins and investments that will position it for a period of rapid change in the auto industry. In addition to changing the company's strategy, this focus is also changing elements of GM's culture.
Flexe Inc., a four-year-old startup, has attained a competitive position against the powerful Amazon.com juggernaut based upon an expanded network of warehousing space created by strategic alliances that take advantage of seasonal supply-and-demand mismatches. It's a solid strategy because Flexe has already attained 25 percent of Amazon's warehouse capacity and has plans to add 10 million square feet within the year. The company's business model is not to become the face of its clients but to become a conduit for efficiently delivering vendors' products to their end customers relative to Amazon's model.
Chinese manufacturing and industrial companies, looking for growth opportunities but facing slower growth in China, are looking at foreign opportunities. One example is the recent purchase of Slovenian app maker Outfit7 by Zhejiang Jinke Peroxide Co. for $1 billion. With clearly no operational synergies, this is simply an example of foreign direct investment for financial reasons.
The WannaCry cyberattack raised awareness of many outdated computer systems' vulnerabilities. Fingers have been pointed at the National Security Agency, Microsoft, and companies that failed to patch their systems.
Google's Waze is doing more than just traffic maps. Now it's trying its hand at carpooling.
Snapchat is piloting ads built into pricey custom Lenses. It says a third of Snapchat users play with Lenses and geofilters daily. It remains to be seen whether the Lenses are effective or Facebook-proof.
Etihad Airway's strategy of building a global network by purchasing interests in financially struggling regional carriers helped the company quickly build a presence in the global airline industry. Some of the airlines in which it invested, however, including Alitalia and Air Berlin, continue to lose money and have weak competitive positions. The architect of this strategy, CEO James Hogan, is now on his way out as Etihad reviews its strategy.
Capitalizing on unused warehouse space during off-season, Flexe’s online storage marketplace offers e-commerce companies next-day shipping, a faster alternative to Amazon.
Bored executives who should have been content to ride the wave of acquisition prosperity decided to create a carpooling app as an offshoot to Waze, the navigation startup acquired by Google. With Waze's 80 million current users, what did they have to lose?
Why would a Chinese industrial company, with no history in media or games, be interested in acquiring a Talking Cat mobile app company? Take a little financial engineering, mix it with the idiosyncrasies of the Chinese market, and you can buy profit.
In the age of startups and e-commerce, one of the biggest issues for small merchants is how to efficiently manage inventory and delivery. Many of these companies have been going through Amazon’s warehouse, which requires their customers to buy their product through Amazon's website. However, a new company, Flexe Inc., is offering a flexible storage and delivery alternative.
Mergers between Chinese industrial companies and U.S. video game and app makers are hot right now. What's behind these seemingly bizarre transactions and the economics that drive them?
There is now more to Snapchat: advertising.