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Not the most in-depth article, but not click bait either.  Yes, the death of American manufacturing has been exaggerated.  Clearly there have been significant losses in the manufacturing segment.  However, there are still  many bright spots.

The sector has shrunk, but it remains a significant part of the economy.

Source: Has the Death of American Manufacturing Been Exaggerated? – The Atlantic

As usual, I hope everyone enjoys the article.

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The headline is a little misleading, but it served its purpose – I clicked through and read the article.  It is a good read. It is the second article as of late that I have read that indicates consumers are attracted to contests.  In the case of the article, the contest serves a much higher purpose.  Read on and enjoy.

Inside Walmart’s curious, possibly ingenious effort to get customers to build up their savings accounts

Source: How to Trick People Into Saving Money – The Atlantic

 

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Unusual is an understatement with some of the libraries in this article. Enjoy.

Source: Eight of the world’s most unusual libraries — Quartz

 

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While, I have no background in the convenience store industry, I found this article to be compelling.  The owner’s focus on innovation and customer focus is his key to staying ahead of the competition. Enjoy

In his 19 years of owning a gas station, Kent Couch has rolled out a beer cave, kombucha on tap, and uniformed attendants who greet customers by name.

Source: The Convenience-Store Innovator of Bend, Oregon – The Atlantic

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While not a huge fan of soy sauce, the post below highlights the history of the ubiquitous little package of sodium laden sauce that many of you may have stashed somewhere in your kitchen.  While I found the history interesting, what really caught my attention was the blurb at the end of the article about innovation (packaging in this case) being applied to this ho-hum product.  Product innovation to non-glamorous products continue to both fascinate and surprise.  My favorite non-glamorous innovations include: 1. Bottled water and 2. Pre-packaged lettuce.  Who would have thought we needed bottled water?  Bottled water is a very large industry ($100B by some estimates), but in the grand scheme of things it is relatively new – some estimate that the bottled water craze started in the 1990’s.  The same holds true with pre-packaged lettuce  / salads.  I was content with buying a head of lettuce and doing the shredding myself.  Clearly someone understood this to be a pain point and innovated.  Hats off to all innovators who are able to recognize that a staid product may ripe for growth via innovation.  Hopefully, Little Soya will find success with their innovation.

Enjoy the article.

The Mysterious, Murky Story Behind Soy-Sauce Packets — Atlantic Mobile.

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