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(In chronological order - newest at the bottom of section.)

How American Apparel fell into the trap of expansion hype.

Two cases of expanding too fast too early.

Note that their stores weren't especially profitable yet.

Pioneering a retail effort

Wynne Powell started the successful computer department at London Drugs, a chain of retail stores in Western Canada.

In its day it was a better place to buy a computer than specialized computer stores and the big electronics chain Future Shop.

Movie theatre hosts a church

The Silver City movie theatre in Saanich BC is hosting a church's service on Sunday morning.

Coincidentally, that land had a movie theatre hosting a church - decades ago it was a drive-in theatre what had an indoor room.

Versatility and using strengths (ample existing facilities including a room for young children, parking, and experience with special events such as opera films).

Where is your data sleeping tonight - another edition:

In a dumpster?

Are there really banks so stupid out there?


Kurmudgeon Keith's Critical Comments:
(In chronological order - newest at the bottom of section.)

We've seen this before...

Cases comparable to American Apparel and the cupcake outfit have been seen before:
- a phenomenon in "dotCom" failures, in which new companies take on far more office space than they will need in the near future, to keep the team together/look fancy ("successful" to shallow people)/etc... but don't have the cash flow to pay for it. (Often don't even have a fully developed product in the market place of reality, thus cannot even roughly estimate needs.)

- 45 years ago, the Minnie Pearl's Fried Chicken fiasco in Vancouver BC.
(That restaurant chain was a buzz in media and investing hype circles in the US.
A local university perfessor headed an effort to open several outlets in the Vancouver BC area, with many millions of dollars financing.
It failed, because they didn't get a few restaurants open and selling chicken, early enough.)

The chicken outfit should have paused with a few stores, to see if the local market, already served by two fried chicken chains, would respond to it. (Few people in the Vancouver urban area knew who Minnie Pearl was - an old darling of country music in some areas of the US.)

Whitewash turns black

The CEO of Seattle's electric power utility hired a "branding" firm to improve public image of the utility and especially himself.

But - their efforts had the unforeseen effect of an old negative article being distributed much more widely.

Yah think that mebbe, just mebbe, managing sensibly and well, with integrity, is the best route to a good public reputation? (As supposedly simple folk might advise.)

Seeing what isn't there:

Thinking we see something....that isn't really there.

Optimism versus reality - how to tell the difference?




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